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Hard problems. Huge impact.

With incomparable facilities, a great location and long-standing relationships with industry, we’re uniquely positioned to do research that can’t be done anywhere else. Our faculty and students go after mechanical engineering’s toughest challenges, and what they find influences science and changes lives. 

Research Centers

We solve problems no one else can.

Michigan Mechanical Engineering is home to four fully-funded, world-class centers.

Automotive Research Center
Driving new performance and operation technologies for ground vehicles.

NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
Developing innovative systems to build high-quality, high-performance products

GM/U-M Institute of Automotive Research and Education
Developing next-generation, high-efficiency cars and trucks.

SM Wu Research Center
Pioneering advances in manufacturing processes.

Current Research Areas

Automotive & Future Transportation

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering



Dynamics & Vibrations




Mechanics & Materials

Mechatronics & Robotics

Micro/Nano Engineering

Multi-scale Computation

Thermal Sciences