University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering (College of Engineering) at Michigan (U-M) prides itself on being the first department to have taught the Aeronautics program in the US in 1914. Ever since, it has been at the heart of the USA's aeronautical prowess, playing a significant part in various missions. Undergraduate students opting for Aerospace majors are awarded a BSE degree and another bachelor's degree often being in a related field such as mechanical engineering. The department offers MSE to engineering bachelors. Another sought after program is the MEng in Space Engineering which is the perfect combination of theoretical and practical learning. As the course seeks to provide interdisciplinary education in scientific, management, and engineering dimensions of space systems, it helps students to refine their disciplinary skills and familiarizes them with systems education and management fields. The Ph.D. program is fully funded. The research focus of the department is on Hypersonic Vehicles and Space Systems among others.   

Areas of Expertise: Advanced spacecraft control; Helicopter Aeroelasticity; Turbulent flows and combustion; Space propulsion; Experimental fluid dynamics; Computational fluid and solid dynamics; Optimal structural design, interactive materials

List of Labs : Turbulence & Combustion, Laboratory for; Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center in Aeronautical Sciences; Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Research Laboratory; W. M. Keck Foundation Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Composite Structures Laboratory; FXB Flight Vehicle Institute; Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory; Michigan/AFRL Collaborative Center in Control Sciences; Advanced Computing, Center for; Constellation University Institutes Project; Biologically-Inspired, Anisotropic Flexible Wing for Optimal Flapping Flight



Biomedical is one of the largest BME graduate programs in the U.S. The department has awarded more graduate degrees than any other BME department in the country. The University of Michigan is one of the only universities in the country with top-ranked engineering, medical, and business schools on the same campus. A $20 million research endowment was sown by The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (Coulter Translational Research Program). It supports research in technologies that helps in progress towards commercial development and clinical practice. Currently, there are 27 faculty members, 21 with full-time BME appointment.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers BSE in three concentrations; Biomechanical, Biochemical, Bioelectrical. In addition, an integrated 5 years BSE and MSE are also offered by the department. The master's degree is offered in following concentrations; Bioelectrics and Neural Engineering; Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine; Biomedical Imaging and Ultrasonics; Biotechnology and Systems Biology; Biomechanics and Biotransport; Medical Product Development

Areas of Expertise: Biotechnology; Cellular and tissue engineering; Biomedical materials; Biomechanics; Rehabilitation engineering; Biomedical imaging
List of Labs: Neural Engineering Laboratory; Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics Laboratory; Cellular Engineering & Nano-Therapeutics Laboratory; Image Computing Laboratory; Muscle Mechanics Laboratory; Functional MRI Laboratory; Biomedical Optics Laser Laboratory; Orthopaedic Research Laboratory; Biofluid Mechanics Research Laboratory; Biomembrane Laboratory; Soft Tissue Mechanics Laboratory; Biologic Nanotechnology, Center for; CUOS Biomedical Group Laboratory; Biomaterials and Biomechanics of Hard Tissue Laboratory; Biotransport Laboratory; Direct Brain Interface Laboratory; Human Neuromechanics Laboratory; Ultrasound Laboratory; Neural Communication Technology, Center for; Cell, Matrix and Tissue Engineering Laboratory; Tissue Simulation and Fabrication Laboratory; Micro/Nano/Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory



The Department of Chemical Engineering prides itself in strengthening the core areas of chemical engineering while also expanding the frontiers of emerging trends like chip-based DNA sequencing, green chemistry, etc. It offers BSE with few electives including BioPharmaceutical Engineering; Electrical Engineering – Electronic Devices; Energy Systems Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Life Sciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Petroleum and Gas Exploration and dual BSE/MSE combined with other departments. The MSE program for graduates is research-based and aimed at problem-solving. Some of the compulsory courses under the MSE program are fluid flow, statistical and irreversible thermodynamics, chemical reactor engineering, transport processes, and so on. The key areas for doctoral research include Catalysis & Reactions; Biomolecular Engineering; Cellular Engineering; Computing & Simulation; Nanotechnology; Materials; Polymers & Complex Fluids; Sustainable Energy; Microfabricated Systems.

Areas of Expertise: Complex fluids and nanostructured materials; Energy and environment; Life science and biotechnology

List of Labs: Transportation Energy Center; Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory; Confocal Microscopy Laboratory


Civil and Environmental

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on Water Systems, Informatics, Human Infrastructure Engineering, and Interdependent Systems Engineering to set new benchmarks in technical education in the US. The department offers a BSE in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. They may choose to opt for sequential BSE/MSE. Graduate students can pursue MSE in Civil Engineering with specializations: Construction Engineering and Management; Geotechnical Engineering; Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering; Intelligent Systems Guidelines; Materials and Highway Engineering; Structural Engineering Guidelines; Transportation Systems Engineering Guidelines. The department also offers an MSE in Environmental Engineering. The other programs offered by the department are MSE in Construction Engineering and Management; MEng in Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M); MEng in Structural Engineering; Dual MSE in Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M) / Master of Business Administration (MBA); Dual MSE in Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M) / Master of Science in Engineering (MSE); Dual MEng in Construction Engineering and Management (CE&M) / Master of Architecture (MArch); Dual MSE in Environmental Engineering / MS in Natural Resources and Environment: “Engineering Sustainable Systems: Specialization in Sustainable Water Resources or Energy Systems.” The Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering offers specializations in topics such as Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, Management Policy and Economics, Watershed Hydrology and Ecohydrology, Water Quality Engineering, Geostatistical Modeling, and Optimization.

Areas of Expertise: Environmental engineering and sustainability; Infrastructure and sustainable systems engineering; Ecohydrology and hydraulics engineering; Construction engineering and management; Structural and materials engineering; Structural Health Monitoring; Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics; Sustainability and Resilience; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Coastal Engineering; Transportation Engineering 

List of Labs: New York State Center for Clean Water Technology, Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory; Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Research Laboratory; Laboratory for Intelligent Structural Technology; Hydraulics Laboratory; Concrete Pavement Performance, Center for; Structures Laboratory


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Ann-Arbor offers undergraduate programs in Computer Engineering (CE); Computer Science (CS-Eng); Computer Science (CS-LSA); Data Science (DS-Eng); Electrical Engineering (EE). Master's Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is offered in following areas Applied Electromagnetics & RF Circuits; Computer Vision; Control Systems; Embedded Systems; Integrated Circuits & VLSI MEMS & Microsystems; Network, Communication, and Information Systems; Optics & Photonics; Power/Energy; Robotics;     Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning; Solid State & Nanotechnology. Grad programs offered by the department focuses on technical areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Chip Design, Architecture, and Emerging Devices, Robotics, Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, and so on, which also happen to be the department’s key research areas. Other programs offered by the department are the Master's Program in Computer Science and Engineering with 2 options (Thesis/non-thesis) and Joint Master's Program in Data Science.

Areas of Expertise: Theoretical computer science; Artificial intelligence and robotics; Computer architecture and hardware systems; Interactive systems and HCI; Database and data mining; Software systems and communication networks


Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise: Software systems; Artificial intelligence; Solid-state electronics and optics; Hardware systems; Sensors and integrated circuitry, others; Communications, control, signal process

List of Labs: Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials (CPHOM); Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory; Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory; Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Adaptive Technology; Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR); Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Interactive Systems Group; Optical Sciences Laboratory; Radiation Laboratory; Ultrafast Optical Science, Center for; Theory in Computer Science Laboratory; Engineering Res. Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems; Software Systems and Real-Time Computing Laboratories; Biomedical Ultrasonics Laboratory; Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PERL); Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO); Control Systems Laboratory; Solid-State Electronics Laboratory


Industrial Engineering and Operations Engineering Department

The Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at U-M offers an interdisciplinary BSE with emphasis on Computer and Information Processing; Ergonomics; Management Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Operations Research; Quality Engineering that brings together relevant courses from business, social sciences, economics and medical sciences. It concentrates on analysis and operations of industrial systems. There are 7 options of specialization for the MSE degree: Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics; Production, Distribution and Logistics; Quality Engineering and Applied Statistics; Financial Engineering;     Operations Research; Engineering Management; Concentration in Healthcare Engineering.
Five year integrated BSE/MSE program in Engineering Global Leadership is also available along with a Dual degree with MBA. The department prides itself in housing Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety and Center for Ergonomics to encourage and support research.

Areas of Expertise: Financial engineering and enterprise systems; Operations research; Ergonomics (physical and cognitive); Linear and nonlinear optimization; Stochastic processes; Production/distribution/logistics

List of Labs: Center for Operations Science in Engineering (COSinE); Ergonomics, Center for; Dynamic Systems Optimization Laboratory


Materials Science

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is known for finding solutions to some of the most pressing problems. It is the same spirit and approach towards which its programs are geared. Interdisciplinary approach that brings together pure sciences, CS, engineering and industry together and a wide range of materials in focus for study made the department rank 2nd in the US for undergraduate materials science program. Besides BSE, the department also offers MSE with a wide range of courses crafted according to latest industry needs. Five focus areas of research include Structural Materials, Biomaterials, Nano-materials, Computational Materials, and Electronic Materials. The department receives training and funding from the Department of Defense and Department of Education of US government. 

Areas of Expertise: Soft materials (polymers, biomaterials); Electronic and optical materials; Nanocomposite materials; Computational materials science; Structural materials

List of Labs: Organic Optoelectronic Materials and Devices Laboratory; Research on Soft, Thin Film, Materials, Laboratory for Computational Materials Research and Education; Center for Atomic-scale Design of Electronics Materials; Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices, Laboratory for Research on Thin Films, Laboratory for Interface Science of Multifunctional Materials, Laboratory for Advanced High Temperature Alloys, Laboratory for Materials Chemistry Laboratory; Creep and Fatigue Laboratory; Smart Functional Polymer Laboratory; Polymer Transport Laboratory; Molecular and Structural Dynamics Laboratory; Organic Materials Science Laboratory; First-Principles Materials Simulation Laboratory; Ultrafast Materials Science, Laboratory for; Computational Nanoscience and Soft Matter Simulation, Laboratory for; Compound Semiconductor Nanostructures, Laboratory for; PRedictive Integrated Structural Materials Science Center; Nano/Microstructural Dynamics Simulation Laboratory; Structural Metallics and Nanostructured Alloys Laboratory



BSE in ME is available at all three campuses of UM-Ann-Arbor and it focuses on areas like solid mechanics and materials, thermal and fluid sciences, dynamics and control. UM-Ann Arbor offers 5 year sequential BSE/MSE. The Department of ME at Ann Arbor also offers MSE in Mechanical Engineering. Other programs offered by the department are Sequential BSE/MSE (SUGS): Earn a B.S.E. and M.S.E. in 5 years; Masters of Management/MSE Dual Degree: Dual degree with the U-M Ross School of Business; Engineering Sustainable Systems: Dual degree with the School of Natural Resources and Environment; and JI-SUGS: Sequential B.S.E./M.S.E. program with the U-M-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

Areas of Expertise: Thermal, energy, and fluid sciences; Dynamics, controls, and mechatronics; Automotive engineering & transportation systems; Materials and solid mechanics; Biomechanics and biosystems; Design and manufacturing

List of Labs: Optimal Design Laboratory; Dimensional Measurement and Control in Manuf., Center for; Automation and Mechanical Structures, Laboratory for; Engineering Res. Center in Reconfigurable Machining Systems; Laser Materials Processing Laboratory; Precision Systems Design Lab; Powertrain Control Laboratory; Environmental and Sustainable Technology Laboratory; Transport & Interaction in Porous Media, Laboratory on; Combustion and Synthesis Kinetics & Diagnostics Laboratory; Laser Aided Intelligent Manuf., Center for; Automated Modeling Laboratory; Solid Freeform Fabrication Laboratory; Discrete Design Optimization Laboratory; Aluminum Metallurgy and Processing, Center for; General Motors/University of Michigan Collaborative Research Laboratory in Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing;Heat Transfer Physics Laboratory; Heterogeneous Multiscale Materials Laboratory; Compliant Systems Design Laboratory; Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory; Automotive Research Center; Structural Dynamics and Controls Laboratory; Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory; Integrated Manufacturing Systems Laboratory; Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory; Fuel Cell Control Systems Laboratory; General Motors/University of Michigan Engine Systems Research Collaborative Research Laboratory; Nanomechanics Laboratory; Vibrations and Acoustics Laboratory; Biomechanics Research Laboratory; Turbulence Physics and Computation, Laboratory for; S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center; Intelligent Maintenance Systems, Center for; Computational Mechanics Laboratory; Computational Reacting Flows Laboratory; Ground Robotics Research Center; Microfluidics Research Laboratory; Mechanical Properties of Materials Laboratory; Mobile Robotics Laboratory; Automotive Structural Durability Simulation Center; Solid State Thermal Physics Laboratory; Technical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory


Pure Sciences

Programs in Pure Sciences are available at all three campuses of U-M. UM-Ann Arbor’s College of Literature, Science and Arts offers undergraduate majors in Astronomy, Biophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. Rackham Graduate School offers a PhD in Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Environmental Science Mathematics, and Physics.

Areas of Expertise: Materials; Radiation safety, environmental sciences, medical physics; Fission systems and radiation transport; Plasmas and fusion; Radiation measurements and imaging

List of Labs: Radiological Health Engineering Laboratory; Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory; Radiation Detection Laboratory; Nuclear Measurements Teaching Laboratory; Radiation Imaging Laboratory; Irradiated Materials Testing Complex; Materials Preparation Laboratory; Position-Sensing Radiation Detector Laboratory; Neutron Science Laboratory; Radiation Effects and Nanomaterials Laboratory; High Temperature Corrosion Laboratory; Plasma Sciences and Technology Laboratory; Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Lab; Metastable Materials Laboratory; Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory