Faculty Affiliates

First Name Last Namesort descending School Research Interests
Sara Adlerstein Gonzalez School for Environment and Sustainability

My main interest in research is to understand ecological processes and population dynamics of aquatic organisms at the ecosystem level, in particular those aspects that are relevant to resource management. Recently I have been investigating spatial and temporal scales needed to study the spatial distribution of fish abundance and obtain indices of abundance of fish populations in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Since fish, as other aquatic organisms, cannot be directly observed large scale population studies must rely on analysis of data from scientific surveys or commercial operations. The analysis of this information requires specialized statistical modeling. Currently my focus is in the Great Lakes.         

Peter Adriaens College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of remediation design, microbial sensing, and sustainable industrial practice.         

Arvind Atreya College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

Combustion generated pollutants, energy and environment, industrial energy conservation and pollution prevention, and management for sustainable manufacturing         

Mark Barteau College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Design of catalysts and nanomaterials to improve efficiency and sustainability of chemicals and fuels production; strategies for utilization of renewable resources

Avik Basu School for Environment and Sustainability

Sustainable development in developing countries, understanding the differences between experts and laypeople in environmental decision-making, designing sustainable developments to be more acceptable to rural residents, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation, and designing environments that simultaneously enhance individual and communal well-being.

Stuart Batterman School of Public Health: Enivornmental Health Sciences & College of Engineering: Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Exposure assessment, human health risk and environmental impact assessment, and innovative measurement techniques for air pollutants      

Kathleen Bergen School for Environment and Sustainability

I am an ecologist who combines field and geospatial data and methods to study the pattern and process of ecological systems. I also strive to build bridges between science and social science. What motivates my work is recognition of the complexity of the relationship of humans and ecological systems. These relationships and their emergent properties can be studied at different spatial scales and levels of organization. Knowledge gained from field studies, geospatial data, and analysis can be used to build models that help scientists and to understand the implications of human actions on the social and natural systems of which they are a part.

Rosina Bierbaum School for Environment and Sustainability

Global change, air and water quality, endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management, endocrine disruptors, environmental monitoring, natural hazards, and energy research and development         

Daniel Brown School for Environment and Sustainability
Mary Anne Carroll College of Engineering: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, & Chemistry

Instrument development and field measurements focusing on the impacts of global change on atmospheric oxidant photochemistry and atmosphere-biosphere interactions         

Bill Currie School for Environment and Sustainability

Ecosystem Modeling, Terrestrial Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Responses to Environmental Change Related to Energy Production         

Glen Daigger Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daigger’s research has focused on the fundamental science and engineering supporting the advancement of technologies and practices which have been transformational for environmental engineering. These have included topics such as wastewater nutrient removal and recovery (biological and chemical), treatment process optimization and control (particularly biological treatment systems), control of activated sludge bulking and foaming, which can be debilitating and lead to excessive treatment costs if not properly addressed, and the highly efficient coupled attached and suspended growth systems.

John DeCicco Energy Institute

Energy and climate policy, with a focus on transportation vehicles and fuels. Technology assessment, policy and economic analysis

Raymond DeYoung School for Environment and Sustainability, Environmental Psychology and Conservation Behavior

Psychology of environmental stewardship; and the relationship among the concepts of self-interest, competence and psychological well-being    

James Diana School for Environment and Sustainability

Behavior and ecology of many temperate fishes, including muskellunge, brown trout, lake sturgeon, yellow perch, largemouth bass, and alewives. Extensive aquaculture systems in Southeast Asia, as well as expansion of aquaculture in Michigan. Conservation of natural resources, either through work on endangered species such as the Paiute trout and lake sturgeon, or through the understanding of ecologically sensitive aquaculture practice. Great Lakes ecology and restoration.          

Ivan Eastin School for Environment and Sustainability
Brian Ellis Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research interests cover topics related to the sustainable and safe development of emerging energy technologies. Included among these activities are geologic storage of CO2 and large-scale hydrualic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs. We examine important water-rock interactions that occur in these subsurface systems through a combination of experimental studies (bench-scale high-pressure flow-through and batch reactors), imaging techniques (computed micro-tomography, SEM, XRF, XANES), and geochemical modeling. Specific topics of interest: permeability evolution in fractured geologic media, release/transport of groundwater contaminants from shale gas reservoirs, development of regulatory policy pertaining to hydraulic fracturing activities.

Tulga Ersal College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

System dynamics and control; mathematical modeling; model reduction; multi-body dynamics; networked hardware-in-the-loop simulation; biomechanics. Application areas: vehicle dynamics; vehicle powertrains; energy systems; driver modeling; human stance and balance.

Galen Fisher College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Heterogeneous catalysis, Lean NOx emissions control, Fuel Processing for Fuel Cells and Emissions Control, Three-way Catalysis, Exhaust Sensors

Gloria Helfand School for Environment and Sustainability

The incentives associated with pollution policies in a variety of contexts, the distributional effects of environmental programs, policy analysis, and a range of environmental issues         

Ian Hiskens College of Engineering: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Hiskens' research focuses on power system analysis, in particular the modelling, dynamics and control of large-scale, networked, nonlinear systems.         

Lesli Hoey A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Food Systems Planning, International Planning, Program Evaluation

Aileen Huang-Saad College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

As Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the UM College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, she is responsible for managing the Program in Entrepreneurship, teaching the capstone Entrepreneurship Course, and developing new focus areas such as Social Entrepreneurship and a Masters Program in High Tech Entrepreneurship. She also conducts research on innovative teaching methods and entrepreneurship.

Olivier Jolliet School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences

Life cycle impact assessment, risk assessment of chemicals, prediction of the intake fraction for indoor air emissions, and new material and technological solutions for sustainability         

Andrew Jones School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences

Andrew Jones is a public health nutritionist, interested in understanding the influence of agriculture and food systems on the nutritional status of women and children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, his research examines four major areas:

  1. how agricultural and landscape biodiversity influences diet quality and food security among smallholder farming households in LMICs;
  2. how livestock rearing impacts anemia among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age through both nutrition- and infection-related pathways;
  3. the role of food systems changes associated with the “nutrition transition” in LMICs in potentiating risk of concurrent iron deficiency and obesity, and the impacts of urbanicity and household food security in mediating these dynamics; and;
  4. the implications for food systems of aligning dietary recommendations with goals for environmental sustainability.
Douglas Kelbaugh A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Urban design, architecture, community planning, and sustainability         

Stephen Kesler College of Literature, Science, and the Arts: Geological Sciences

Environmental geochemistry related to the recovery and use of minerals         

Jong-Jin Kim A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Environmental technology, green buildings, and sustainable building materials         

Christian M. Lastoskie Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chemodynamics- what is it?  The adsorption of gases in nanoporous materials; the movement of microorganisms in aquifer media; the binding of metals onto intracellular proteins: these are all phenomena associated with chemodynamics, the study of chemical fate and transport.  Our research group investigates both theoretical and applied aspects of chemodynamics using an integrated program of molecular modeling, computer simulation and experiment.  An interconnecting theme of our work is the application of atomistic methods and statistical simulation to address a spectrum of research problems spanning chemical, biomedical and environmental engineering.

John Lee College of Engineering: Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Nuclear reactor theory, reactor core physics and design analysis, reactor kinetics, fuel cycle analysis, reactor safety analysis, power plant simulation and control.         

Maria Carmen Lemos School for Environment and Sustainability

(a) the intersection between development and climate, especially concerning the relationship between anti-poverty programs and risk management (b) the use of technoscientific information, especially seasonal climate (El Nino forecasting) in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change (drought planning, water management, and agriculture) in the U.S. (Great Lakes) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Chile); (c) the impact of technocratic decisionmaking on issues of democracy and equity; (d) the co-production of science and policy and the role of technocrats as decisionmakers; (e) the role of popular participation in urban environmental policymaking and policymaker/client interactions; (f)U.S.-Mexico border region environmental policymaking especially regarding transboundary water conflict, environmental health, a common use of shared natural resources.

Jonathan Levine A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning: Urban Planning

Transportation and land use planning, public transit planning and evaluation, public economics

Victor Li College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, & Materials Science and Engineering

Sustainable infrastructure development, hazard mitigation and environmental improvement through materials technology         

Xiaoxia (Nina) Lin Chemical Engineering

Biological switching, microbial symbiosis, metabolic modeling and engineering, bioenergy, systems biology, synthetic biology         

Suljo Linic Chemical Engineering

Fuel cells, chiral synthesis, carbon catalysis, catalysis at nano-scales, fundamentals of surface activity and selectivity.         

Nancy Love Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research focuses on environmental biotechnology and water quality with an emphasis on engineered treatment systems. My specific interests focus on the fate of chemical stressors in these systems (e.g., toxins, pharmaceuticals, trace contaminants), the use of technologies to sense and remove these chemicals, antibiotic resistance, and on resource recovery from wastewater.         

Tom Lyon School for Environment and Sustainability & Ross School of Business

Corporate environmental strategy, government regulation of business, industrial organization, energy and the environment

Johanna Mathieu Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

My research focuses on ways to reduce the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of electric power systems via new operational and control strategies. I am particularly interested in developing new methods to actively engage distributed flexible resources such as energy storage, electric loads, and distributed renewable resources in power system operation. This is especially important in power systems with high penetrations of wind and solar. In my work, I use methods from a variety of fields including controls, optimization, and statistics. I am also interested in using engineering methods to inform energy policy and energy economics.

Adam Matzger College of Literature, Science & the Arts: Department of Chemistry

Organic polymers and Organic Materials; Energy Science; Materials Chemistry; Optics and Imaging; Organic Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry; Sensor Science; Surface Chemistry; Sustainable Chemistry     

Paul Mohai School for Environment and Sustainability

Professor Mohai’s teaching and research interests are focused on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policy making. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan and a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their impacts on low income and people of color communities. In 1990, he co-organized with Dr. Bunyan Bryant the “Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, which was credited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of two events bringing the issue of Environmental Justice to the attention of the Agency. He is author or co-author of numerous articles, books, and reports focused on race and the environment, including “Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence”, “Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards”, “Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty”, and “Which Came First, People or Pollution?”. His current research involves national level studies examining the causes of environmental disparities and the role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. Through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, he is also examining pollution burdens around public schools and the links between such burdens and student performance and health.

Michael Moore School for Environment and Sustainability: Environmental Economics

Economic analysis of environmental and natural resource policies; economic aspects of biodiversity and species conservation; and consumption of environmentally-friendly products         

Joan Nassauer School for Environment and Sustainability

Human preferences and behavior in relation alternative landscape patterns and management.regimes and associated ecosystem services. Design techniques for contributing to transdisciplinary research and policy development.         

Mojitaba (Moji) Navvab A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning: Architecture

Daylight, electric light, architectural technology, building energy efficiency, energy modeling and simulation, environmental control systems, and PV systems         

Richard Norton Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Chair of Urban and Regional Planning: Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development, Land Use & Planning Law, Coastal Area Resource Management, Planning Theory, and research methods

Lynda Oswald Stephen M. Ross School of Business: Business Law

Property and environmental law issues, particularly issues relating to land use law, regulatory takings, and environmental liability         

Panos Papalambros Mechanical Engineering

Design optimization; large scale system synthesis; automotive systems design, including hybrid vehicles; eco-design; product design.         

Shobita Parthasarathy Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Shobita Parthasarathy’s research focuses on the governance of potentially transformative science and technology in comparative perspective. To date, much of her work has focused on the ethical, social, political, and legal dimensions of the new life sciences.

Huei Peng College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

Vehicle dynamics and control; electromechanical systems; optimal control; human driver modeling; vehicle active safety systems; control of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles; energy system design and control for mobile robots.         

Ivette Perfecto School for Environment and Sustainability

Major research interest involves biological diversity in agrecosystems. Research focuses on the effects of agricultural intensification and its impact on biodiversity and pest control ecosystem services. Another aspect of the research relates to urban agriculture and arthropod mediated ecosystem services. Most of this research is conducted in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Michigan. More general interest is related to sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty in Latin America.

Thomas Princen School for Environment and Sustainability

Ecological and social sustainability, over consumption, sufficiency, ecological economy, institutional design, business and environment, and transnational relations         

Barry Rabe Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy: Public Policy & College of Literature, Science and the Arts: Environment

Political feasibility of pollution prevention and subnational governmental capacity to anticipate policy challenges posed by global warming         

Lutgarde Raskin College of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Raskin works on a variety of biological water and wastewater treatment processes.         

Richard Robertson College of Engineering: Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Current research interests range from the molecular dynamics of mechanical relaxation of polymers to the high-speed, low-cost manufacturing of fiber composite structures and includes fracture processes in polymers and composites and failure analysis. Related to mechanical relaxation is the physical aging of polymer glasses. The nature of molecular motion in polymer glasses and the parameters that control the kinetics of physical aging are being studied. The goal is to be able to predict aging rates at normal service temperatures where experimental measurements would take too long. Current study of fracture processes ranges from fundamental studies of the mechanisms of crack propagation in brittle materials to the use of fracture in fiber composite structures for crash energy absorption. Research into high-speed, low-cost fiber composite structure manufacturing involves several problems of the "liquid molding" process, in which liquid resin is injected into a closed mold containing a fiber preform. The problems being studied are the design and manufacture of the fiber preform and the displacement of air and the wetting of the fibers by the injected resin. A related problem being studied is the repair of such composite structures after damage         

Kazuhiro Saitou Dept Mechanical Engineering

Computer modeling and optimal synthesis of mechanical (and non-mechanical) products and systems. Computational design for manufacture/assembly/environment. Simultaneous design of products/manufacturing systems/supply chains. Computer modeling and synthesis of MEMS/NEMS. Chemo/bio-informatics. Structure-based virtual screening for drug discovery and design.

Johannes Schwank College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Fundamental and applied research in heterogeneous catalysis, thin films, and chemical sensors         

Albert Shih Dept Mechanical Engineering

Design and manufacturing; biomedical device design; biomedical manufacturing; medical innovation; surgical thermal management; machining of advanced engineering materials; micro manufacturing; precision engineering; optical metrology.

Carl Simon School of Public Policy: Mathematics and Economics

His research interests center around mathematical models which involve natural dynamics or motion over time.         

Steven Skerlos College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering & Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental and Sustainable Technology (EAST) systems; life cycle product and process optimization; and pollution prevention in manufacturing         

Jeffrey Stein Mechanical Engineering

Systems and control including machine design, control, monitoring, and diagnostics; physical system modeling; automated modeling; bond graph theory; proper modeling of active suspensions; proper vehicle handling and ride models; high efficiency dynamic formulations for vehicle dynamics; monitoring and control of thermally induced spindle bearing loads; design and control of high speed spindles and novel milling machines.

Jing Sun Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Control system development and optimization for marine and automotive propulsion systems, with in-depth experience and expertise on system modeling, identification, control algorithm development and integration, control system rapid prototyping and experimental validation. Modeling, control and optimization of fuel cell systems and fuel cell based combined heat and power (CHP) systems, emphasis on transient management for mobile applications. Adaptive control theory, with focus on algorithm and tool development aiming at improved transient performance and convergence properties. Advanced control methodologies, including optimal control and nonlinear control, and their applications to marine and automotive systems. Methodologies and tools for developing and managing complex dynamic control systems with interactive subsystems and constraints.         

Levi Thompson College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Fuel processing catalysts, fuel cells, and nanostructured films         

Geoffrey Thun Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Thün's research and creative practice ranges in scale from that of the regional territory and the city, to high performance buildings, to full-scale prototype-based work exploring responsive and kinetic envelopes that mediate energy, atmosphere, and social space. These operational scales are tied together through a methodology that entails a complex systems approach; one that assembles around each project a multiplicity of actors, forces and contexts and leverages these multivalent and sometimes contradictory agents towards integrated and synthetic design work.

Joseph Trumpey School of Art and Design

Trumpey's teaching focuses on experiential observation, drawing connections with the natural world.

John Vandermeer Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I. Nonlinear dynamics, especially as applied to population models. Analytical and theoretical models of coupled predator/prey dynamical systems. Intransitive loops and the structure of communities.

II. Ecology of multidimensional agroecological systems -- intercropping systems and agroforestry systems in Tropical America, field work in Mexico amd Puerto Rico. The focus is on the role of biodiversity in the functioning of agroecosystems, especially the multispecies systems so common in tropical areas. Currently very active in the study of the ecology of the coffee rust disease.

III. Dynamics of biodiversity destruction and conservation -- socioeconomic and political analysis of neotropical conversion. Focus is on the quality of the matrix within which patches of natural habitat occur.  Includes sociopolitical as well as ecological forces involved in current debates about biodiversity conservation.

Henry Wang College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Ecologically compatible bio-manufacturing processes         

Gary Was College of Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering

Major research interests center on radiation materials science and environmental effects on metals, including stress corrosion cracking, high temperature corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement. Current work in the area of stress corrosion cracking focuses on the determination of the mechanism of intergranular cracking in austenitic alloys in high temperature aqueous solutions with emphasis on the role of grain boundary structure, chemistry and deformation. Ion irradiation and stress corrosion cracking are linked through an investigation of the mechanism of irradiation in the assisted stress corrosion cracking of core components in nuclear reactors, by using proton irradiation to study the effects of neutron irradiation. Other current projects are on stress corrosion cracking in supercritical water, oxidtion of nickel-base alloys in very high temperature, impure He gas and irradiation creep of pyrolytic carbon.         

Glenn Wilcox Taubman College of Architecture

His research agenda focuses on the production of architecture as a technological and cultural artifact, with a specific interest in leveraging the power of computationally-based design and numerically-controlled machines towards new methodologies, materials, and systems of production.

Julia Wondolleck School for Environment and Sustainability

Environmental Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Ecosystem Management         

Michaela Zint School for Environment and Sustainability & School of Education

Environmental and sustainability education, and risk communication