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Panos Papalambros

Panos Papalambros

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
James B. Angell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Donald C. Graham Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Professor Emeritus, Integrative Systems and Design
Professor Emeritus, Art and Design
Professor Emeritus, Architecture

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Optimal Design Laboratory


3200A EECS
1301 Beal, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 647-8401


Ph.D., Design Division, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, 1979
M.S., Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, 1976
Diploma, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1974

Research Interests

Design optimization; large scale system synthesis; automotive systems design, including hybrid vehicles; eco-design; product design.

Research Areas

Design, Mobility Automotive & Transportation

Honors & Awards

  • Best Paper Award, European Marketing Academy and the International Journal of Research in Marketing, 2012
  • Stephen S. Attwood Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2009
  • Ruth & Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award, ASME, 2008
  • Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Ford, 2005
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Systems and Design, JSME, 2004
  • Fellow, SAE, 2003
  • Best Paper in Electromagnetic Compatibility Symposium, IEEE, 2003
  • Donald C. Graham Endowed Professorship, 2000-present
  • Excellence in Service Award, COE, 1999
  • Machine Design Award (highest society award in the field of mechanical design), ASME, 1999
  • Design Automation Award (for contributions to design optimization and automation), ASME, 1998
  • Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Black & Decker, 1995
  • Fellow, ASME, 1993
  • Excellence in Service Award, MEAM, 1992
  • Best Paper in Design Automation, ASME/Eastman Kodak, 1992
  • Academic Leadership Fellow, CIC, 1990-1991
  • Young Engineer of the Year, ASME, 1986
  • Exxon Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, MEAM, 1983-1984
  • Exxon Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, MEAM, 1981-1982
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Tau Beta Pi, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1980-1981

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New NAE members developed low-cost surgical device and transformational approach to design
A pair of University of Michigan professors, one a developer of surgical technology, the other a leader in design optimization, and a longtime member of the U-M Mechanical Engineering's External Advisory Board were elected as members of the National Academy of Engineering—one of the highest distinctions in the profession.

Four ME Faculty awarded the 2019 ASME Ben C. Sparks Medal
Panos Papalambros, Jesse Austin-Breneman, Dan Cooper, and Michael Umbriac collectively have been selected winners of the 2019 ASME Ben C. Sparks Medal Award.

Members of the Optimal Design Laboratory win two ASME IDETC Best Paper Awards
The recipients were Emrah Bayrak, Max Yi Ren (ME Alumnus), Alex Burnap, Jeffrey Hartley, Yanxin Pan, and Prof. Panos Papalambros

Papalambros receives 2014 ASEE and ASME awards
Panos Papalambros is the recipient of the 2014 ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award and the 2014 ASME Robert E Abbott Award

Papalambros Gives DUP Lecture
Panos Papalambros, who was named James B. Angell Distinguished Professor in 2013, gave his DUP Lecture this past February

Papalambros to give Distinguished University Professor lecture on February 12th
Papalambros' lecture will highlight his research at U-M and will take place on February 12th at 4 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre, followed by a reception in Rackham Assembly Hall

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ME Faculty selected for Distinguished University Professorship
This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon an eminent member of the faculty

Papalambros wins 2011 IJRM Best Paper Award
The winning article, "Enhancing marketing with engineering: Optimal product line design for heterogeneous markets," was chosen from two rounds of voting open to all the members of the IJRM Editorial Board

Convergence: Design Symposium Marks Progress and Defines Agenda
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Carrying on Dr. King's Dream
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