Mobility, Automotive, & Transportation


Our Automotive and Transportation research activities are focused in:

  • Advanced and hybrid powertrains
  • Vehicle dynamics, system optimization, and control
  • High-performance structures and materials,
  • Advanced vehicle manufacturing
  • Advanced fuels and combustion processes

In addition to the internationally renowned Automotive Research Center, we receive sustained funding as the home to the General Motors-UM Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratory with three divisions focused on

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Engine Systems
  • Multi-Functional Vehicle Systems


  • Internal combustion engines
  • Combustion research
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Systems
  • Powertrain Control
  • Biofuels
  • Friction
  • Brake systems
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Fracture and fatigue
  • Integrated vehicle systems modeling
  • Adhesives and fracture
  • Driver-vehicle interaction
  • Multi-vehicle dynamics
  • Autonomous vehicles

Recent News

The Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan have been integrally entwined for over 100 years. Today, dozens of Ford leaders engage with U-M on a weekly basis. Rich Strader, the Vice President at Ford Mobility Platforms and Products, is one of them.

The Society of Automotive Engineers' J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders has been awarded to Angela Violi.

New hydrogen storage holds more energy in smaller, more compact cells, boosting efficiency.

A conference built on collaboration provides a platform for networking among students, faculty and industry leaders.

With a $50 million contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Michigan’s Automotive Research Center will shift its focus to autonomous technologies for military ground vehicles. The funding extends the center’s 25-year partnership with the Army through 2024.

Southeast Michigan is the perfect melting pot for transforming the automobile industry and U-M is making sure to be at the center of it.