Assistant Professor, Mechanical EngineeringMentoring Plan
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Ph.D. Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2018
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University, 2011
My research is interdisciplinary, using scholarship in education, engineering, and Black studies, I study methods of counteracting anti-Black racism within mechanical engineering study and practice. Specific topics include: Black-centered design, pre-college engineering instruction, eco-centric materials and decision-making, sociotransformative engineering.
Tenured and Tenure-Track
ME assistant professor receives Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize
James Holly, Jr., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a 2023 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP) for his project, “(Re)Politicizing Engineering Knowledge Through Racism-Conscious Engineering Instruction.”
UM-ME assistant professor speaks at The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 Symposium of the National Academy of Engineering
James Holly, Jr., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, spoke on the need for faculty to have a robust understanding of social inequity, to utilize cultural knowledge as an asset, and to leverage insights from perspectives of racially-marginalized peoples in engineering classrooms.
UM-ME assistant professor awarded Anti-Racism Grant by the College of Engineering’s Office of the Vice President for Research
Dr. Holly, Jr.’s project will investigate how centering urban Black youth’s knowledge production can formulate new meanings and purposes for engineering study and practice.