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Kevin Pipe

Kevin Pipe

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Applied Physics Program
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering


1644 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-6624


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
M.Eng., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
S.B., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999

Research Interests

Microscale heat transfer, especially related to electronic and optoelectronic devices; thermoelectric energy conversion; medical applications of heat transfer

Research Areas

Energy, Micro/Nano Engineering, Thermal Sciences

Honors & Awards

  • Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 2009
  • ME Achievement Award, University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Improving Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion in Polymers
In collaboration with MSE Professor Jinsang Kim’s group, ME Professor Kevin Pipe’s lab is using molecular design principles to improve thermal conductivity in polymers.

Pipe's research featured on and Engadget
Professor Pipe and a team of U-M researchers have found a way to change plastic's molecular structure, making it as thermally conductive as glass

U-M engineering researchers develop heat-conducting plastic
The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a U-M research team, including ME associate professor Kevin Pipe, has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts

Kevin Pipe’s Research Reaches Front Page of Wired
On August 23rd, the magazine dedicated its front-page story to an article discussing the group’s solution to the overheating of microprocessors in smartphones and tablets.

Improving materials that convert heat to electricity and vice-versa
Pipe's research team has found a way to nearly double the efficiency of a particular class of them that's made with organic semiconductors

U-M to host 14th PHONONS conference
The 14th International Conference on Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter will be held at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus during July 8-12

Pipe Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Heat Transfer Between Materials is Focus of New Research Grant

ME Welcomes Kevin Pipe and Tim Gordon