Kazu Saitou

Kazu Saitou
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chair for Graduate Education, Mechanical Engineering




George G. Brown Laboratory

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 763-0036


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
B.Eng., SysInfo & Control, University of Tokyo, 1990

Research Interests

Computer modeling and optimal synthesis of mechanical (and non-mechanical) products and systems. Computational design for manufacture/assembly/environment. Simultaneous design of products/manufacturing systems/supply chains. Computer modeling and synthesis of MEMS/NEMS. Chemo/bio-informatics. Structure-based virtual screening for drug discovery and design.

Honors and Awards

Finalist for the Best Paper Award (first author: Emre Kazancioglu), Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, October 7-10, 2006
Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2006
Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2006-2008
IESET Interdisciplinary Environmental Program Award (for a research proposal with Profs. Skerlos, Kikuchi and Papalambros), College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
CAREER Award (Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation), National Science Foundation, 1999

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

His talk was titled "Obsessed with assembly: a bystander’s view of computational assembly design"

Saitou is recognized for contributions in computational assembly and disassembly design of mechanical products.

Professor Kazu Saitou and ME PhD student Lixi Liu's study recommends replacing all incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your home now with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs.

Since 2014, MICDE has offered top-off fellowships to current and prospective students whose research project involves the use and advancement of scientific computing techniques and practices

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States

ME's undergrad curriculum has a unique team-based, Design-Build-Test spine of required classes. In Design and Manufacturing I, II and III (ME250, 350 and 450 respectively), sophomores, juniors and seniors turn concepts into real, working engineered system