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James Holly, Jr.

James Holly, Jr.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Mentoring Plan


3522 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]


Ph.D. Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2018
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2014
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University, 2011

Research Interests

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.

Research Areas

Design, Mechanics & Materials

Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

James Holly, Jr. receives NSF CAREER Award for work in engineering education
Holly, Jr.'s project, “Learning from Black Intellectualism: Broadening Epistemic Foundations in Engineering Education to Empower Black Students and Faculty,” aims to change how engineering is taught and thought about.

ME assistant professor receives 2023 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.”

ME assistant professor delivers talk for Michigan Engineering's DEI Lecture Series
On Wednesday, October 19th, James Holly, Jr., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, delivered his lecture, “Truth Be Told, DEI Needs to D-I-E,” as part of Michigan Engineering’s DEI Lecture Series. 

U-M 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.

U-M 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.