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Steve Skerlos

Steve Skerlos

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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3324 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 615-5253


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 2000
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Research Interests

Environmental and sustainable technology systems; life cycle product design optimization; pollution prevention technologies for manufacturing; metalworking fluid formulation and performance; membrane filtration; supercritical fluid delivery of lubricants; biological detection and control in aqueous systems; technology policy analysis.

Research Areas

Design, Energy, Manufacturing

Honors & Awards

  • Second Place, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, 2012
  • Neil Van Eenam Memorial Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2011
  • Mechanical Engineering Department Achievement Award, 2009
  • Ralph Teetor Award, SAE, 2008
  • Kuo K. Wang Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2007
  • Education Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2006
  • Outstanding Student Group Advisor for Engineers Without Borders, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004
  • Gilbert Whitaker Award for the Improvement of Teaching, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, 2003-2004
  • New Faces of Engineering, National Engineers Week, 2003
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2002
  • 1938E Class Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2002-2003
  • Robert Caddell Memorial Materials & Manufacturing Award (with Fu Zhao), 2002
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2000

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

COE Faculty Awards 2022-23 Announced
Each year, the College of Engineering honors individual members of its faculty for outstanding contributions to the College, University, and the profession through a series of awards. Four ME faculty members are 2023 recipients.

Steve Skerlos receives 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award
The United States Environmental Protection Agency awards Steve Skerlos with a 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his Pure-Cut technology. 

Outstanding Work in Cutting Fluids Earns Award for Professor Steve Skerlos
Dr. Steve Skerlos, founder and CTO of Fusion Coolant Systems and professor of mechanical, civil, and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, has been named ThomasNet's September 2019's Champion for Industry.

William T. Ennor Technology Award Presented to Steve Skerlos
An award honoring the development of innovative manufacturing technology that has a significant economic benefit.

ME Professor Receives MINTS Funding for Industrial Tech Startup
ME Professor, Steve Skerlos, has raised $8 million with help of Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups, among other supporters. 

Beyond EPA's Clean Power decision: Climate action window could close as early as 2023
A new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions—from both environmental and economic perspectives.

ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards
Five ME faculty members received College of Engineering Awards in 2016. These recipients include Xiaogan Liang, Bogdan Epureanu, Margaret Wooldridge, Steve Skerlos, and Stani Bohac

Carbon capture analyst: 'Coal should stay in the ground'
ME Professor Steve Skerlos and ME postdoctoral researcher Sarang Supekar's study finds that most economic analysis of carbon capture and storage technology severely underestimates the technique's costs and overestimates its energy efficiency

Fusion Coolant Systems Receives $600,000 in funding
Clean tech product receives major funding and heads towards production

ME faculty research featured on NPR and Web MD
University research concerning the "green" disposal of pharmaceuticals led by Professor Steven Skerlos was featured recently on NPR

Skerlos featured in MconneX 40-minute program on sustainability
MconneX will provide entertaining and educational content to the almost 70,000 engineering alumni -- all online and free

Three NSFGRFP winners selected for the University of Michigan
This fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students and includes three years of support for the winner's proposed studies

ME faculty spin-out company takes 2nd in statewide award
Born eight years ago in the ME laboratory of Professor Skerlos, the innovative and green technology of Fusion Coolant Systems has earned $150k and second place in the recent Accelerate Michigan Innovation competition

Skerlos Honored With Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship
The Board of Regents established the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorships in 1988 to recognize and reward faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education

CAFE Standards Could Mean Bigger Cars, Not Smaller Ones
New fuel-economy standards would suggest cars are going to get much smaller and hybrids more prevalent. But according to ME Faculty Steve Skerlos, consumer demand for big cars would mean the opposite might become true

Engineering for the Greater Good: BLUElab Projects Make Lasting Impact
Student members of BLUElab, Better Living Using Engineering, are on a mission: to conceive, develop and lead projects that address real-world problems and have a lasting impact--locally, nationally and around the globe

ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards
Seven ME faculty have been honored with 2011 College of Engineering Awards.

Fusion Coolant Systems Cracks Big Problems in Manufacturing, Now Needs Customers
An Ann Arbor-based startup is using technology co-invented by Associate Professor Steven Skerlos to replace traditional metalworking fluids.

Students Help Enable Cleaner Cooking Fuel in Nicaragua

Skerlos Featured in University Record

Garikipati, Skerlos Receive ME Department Achievement Awards

Professor Skerlos Wins SAE Teetor Award

First-of-its-kind dual degree combines engineering and sustainability

Dual Degree Combines Engineering and Sustainability

Manufacturing Research Seminar

Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit

Clarens Receives One of Two Top Paper Awards