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Kazu Saitou

Kazu Saitou

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

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2454 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (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

Computational design. Manufacturability-driven structural topology optimization. Multi-material, multi-process, multi-component structural topology optimization (M^3 TO). Computational optimal synthesis of structural assemblies. Physics-informed AI for structural and assembly optimization.

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering, Design, Energy, Mobility Automotive & Transportation

Honors & 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

Virtual Work: A new skill needed in a post-pandemic world
Professor Kazu Saitou creates an environment where students learn the essential skills of manufacturing design but also new ones like virtual collaboration.

Saitou gives keynote talk at ASME IDETC/CIE
His talk was titled "Obsessed with assembly: a bystander’s view of computational assembly design"

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

Saitou and Liu research published in Newswise
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.

Three ME students receive 2016-2017 MICDE Fellowships
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

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

ME Professor Saitou and ME PhD student Zhou win Innovative Design Component Award
The team was awarded $10K for their submission to the Lightweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge

Saitou wins 2015 ASME Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award
The award is given to recognize the sustained meritorious contributions to the research to support design, manufacturing and the life cycle management decisions in product development

Park and Saitou achieve record accuracy in predicting protein structures
Park and Saitou developed a statistical potential function that set the accuracy record in predicting protein structures.

NIH Grants $13.7 Million to Radiation Oncology Project in Collaboration with ME
ME Professor Kazuhiro Saitou is a part of team that received a $13 million NIH P01 grant.

Saitou appointed Editor in Chief for IEEE Conference
The Robotics and Automation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has appointed Kazuhiro Saitou as Editor in Chief for the Conference Editorial Board of the Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

Computer Code by Jihun Kim to be included in Elastix
PhD student Jihun Kim wrote computer code that caught the eye of popular open software toolbox for medical image processing, Elastix. The code will prevent the unrealistic deformation in rigid bodies in deformable registration of medical diagnostic images

Kazu Saitou Elected ASME Fellow
Kazu Saitou was recently elected ASME Fellow, the highest degree of distinction within the engineering society. His research has contributed greatly to the field of design optimization and assembly synthesis

Saitou Receives JSME Design & Systems Division Achievement Award
The award was presented during the 21st Annual Meeting of the Design and Systems Division in Yamagata, Japan

Driven to Win
On October 16th, the UM Solar Car Team will begin the World Solar Challenge--an 1800 mile race spanning across the Australian Outback

Built to Be Reclaimed
When a plan for efficient disassembly is embedded in a design, a product leaves less trash and, perhaps, more profit

U-M researchers see the sun as solution to supplying fresh water
While methods of turning salt water into fresh water are tried and true, two Mechanical Engineering researchers believe the sun offers a better way to power these processes

SCIP Funds Partnership between Saitou and POLY
ME Professor Kazu Saitou's collaboration with Polyergic Infomatics is one of the pilot research partnerships made possible by the University's new Small Company Innovation Program.

Hulbert, Saitou Receive Outstanding Achievement Awards