Sridhar Kota

Sridhar Kota
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Herrick Professor of Engineering


3480 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
(734) 936-0357


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1988
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1986
M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Mississippi, 1982
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, 1980

Research Interests

Bio-inspired engineering design. Topology, size and shape optimization of complaint mechanisms - product design for no-assembly, adaptive structures and MEMS. Electromechanical systems design, design for manufacturability. Public policy and advanced manufacturing.

Honors and Awards

Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, University of Michigan, 2012
Best Paper Award (ASME 2010-International Design Technical Conferences Montreal, QC, August 2010 -- 'An Effective tool to visualize load flow in Compliant Mechanisms and Structures'), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Educator Award (Society Award 2010), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
Swanson Foundation White House Fellow and Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009-12
Best Paper Award (ASME 2009 International Design Technical Conferences -- “Robust Design of Bi-stable Compliant Mechanisms Using the Bi-Stability of a Clamped-Pinned Beam”), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
Best Paper Award (one of two best papers of the year 2003), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004
Machine Design Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, August 2002
Best Paper Award for "Active Flow Control using High Frequency Compliant Structures," AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, August 2001, Montreal, Canada. AIAA-2001-4144, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Leonardo Da Vinci Award for significant original contributions to the field of mechanical design through invention of a device with practical applications, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1997
Teaching Excellence Award (1995) for "making ME 450, the Senior Capstone Design Course, one of College of Engineering's Showcase Educational Activities", Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1995
George Wood Award for Contributions to the Growth of the Science of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics, Honors and Awards Committee, 3rd National Conference on Applied Mechanisms and Robotics, 1993
Best Paper Award for "Systematic Synthesis of Micro Compliant Mechanisms - Preliminary Results", Applied Mechanisms and Robotics, 1993
Ralph Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1993
Teaching Excellence Award, Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Michigan, 1993
Best Paper Award at the 1st National Conference on Applied Mechanisms and Robotics for "Qualitative Motion Synthesis", Procter & Gamble, November 1989

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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