Volker Sick

Volker Sick
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Vice President for Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering, UMOR
Co-Director, General Motors Engine Systems Research Collaborative Research Laboratory


AL (W.E. Lay Auto Lab)

1231 Beal 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133

(734) 647-9607


Habilitation Physical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, 1997
Dr. rer. nat., University of Heidelberg, 1992

Research Interests

Development and application of laser-based and other optical measurement techniques to enable studies of mass and energy transfer at high pressures and high temperatures in mechanically restricted and vibrating environments, such as present in IC engines, stationary combustion, and multi-phase mixing processes.

Honors and Awards

Master’s Mentoring Award, Rackham, 2012
International Leadership Citation, SAE, 2012
Education Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
Silver Combustion Medal of the Combustion Institute, 2008
Michigan Leadership Advisor of the Year Award (for work with the Formula SAE team), The University of Michigan, 2007
Service Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2007-08
Outstanding Student Group Advisor Award, CoE Epeians, 2006
Harold C. Simmons Award with James D. Smith, Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 2006
Distinguished Paper Award with Claudia M. Fajardo, The Combustion Institute, 2006
Faculty of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, Michigan Pi Rho Chapter, 2006
Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
Excellence in oral presentation, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2002, 2004
Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
Forest McFarland Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1999
Venia Legendi and Privatdozent, University of Heidelberg, 1997
Research Fellowship, German Science Foundation, 1994-1995

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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