Faculty Affiliates

First Name Last Namesort descending School Research Interests
Sara Adlerstein Gonzalez School of Natural Resources and Environment

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

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 of Natural Resources and Environment

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 of Natural Resources and Environment

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

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 of Natural Resources and Environment

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

John DeCicco School of Natural Resources and the Environment

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

Raymond DeYoung School of Natural Resources and Environment, Environmental Psychology and Conservation Behavior

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

Jim Diana School of Natural Resources and the Environment: Sea Grant

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.          

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.

Zoran Filipi College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

His research interests include advanced engine concepts, integration and optimization of powertrain systems, hybrid propulsion and plug-in hybrids.         

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

Thomas Gladwin Stephen M. Ross School of Business & School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmentalism and globalism in relation to the behavior of industrial corporations         

Gloria Helfand School of Natural Resources and Environment

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         

Eric Hill A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning: Architecture

architectural design, urban design and behavioral design

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.         

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         

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         

Lidia Kostyniuk University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

transportation safety and travel behavior: driver behavior, older drivers, use of restraint systems, risky driving behaviors, motorcycles, and crash involvement         

William Lanen Stephen M. Ross School of Business: Accounting

Performance measurement, management control systems in firms in transitional economies, environmental accounting         

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 of Natural Resources & Environment

(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 of Natural Resources and Environment & 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     

Michael Moore School of Natural Resources and Environment: 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 of Natural Resources and Environment

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         

Scott Noesen School of Natural Resources and Environment


Integrate sustainable thinking and processes into all phases of business and non-profit institution activities.         

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.         

Thomas Princen School of Natural Resources and Environment

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         

Phillip Savage College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

Green chemistry and engineering, elucidation and analysis of reaction pathways, kinetics, and mechanisms in environmentally significant systems         

Johannes Schwank College of Engineering: Chemical Engineering

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

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         

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         

Joseph Trumpey School of Art and Design

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

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.         

Julia Wondolleck School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Ecosystem Management         

Owen Wu Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Owen Wu joined Ross School of Business in 2006 as Assistant Professor of Operations and Management Science.  His research focuses on the operations of conventional and renewable energy supply chains and their interfaces with energy markets.

Michaela Zint School of Natural Resources and Environment & School of Education

Environmental and sustainability education, and risk communication