Lei Chen is a research fellow of the S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his BS in Mechatronic Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 2013, and his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2014 and 2017. His research focuses on manufacturing process modelling, thermal analysis, orthopedic surgery processes, biomedical manufacturing, additive manufacturing, and inverse problems. Dr. Chen applies his expertise in machining processes to orthopedic surgery for better understanding of the cutting mechanics and improvement of the bone machining processes.
Nikos Chronis received a Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.) (a 5-year degree) in mechanical engineering in 1998, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) with honors (he graduated 1st out of 145 students in his class). He completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (USA) in 2004. From 2004-2006, he held a post-doctoral research position at Rockefeller University, New York, (USA). In 2006, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA), as an Assistant Professor. In 2012, he was promoted to the level of Associate Professor. He is the co-author of 30 journal publications, 24 peer-reviewed conference publications and inventor in 3 patents. His work has received more than 1,700 citations. Dr. Chronis is the recipient of the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, while he has raised more than 5 million dollars in research funds.
Bogdan I. Epureanu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1999. His current research interests and activities blend theory and fundamental experiments in nonlinear dynamics, structural health monitoring, aeroelasticity and computational dynamics, with applications relevant to biological systems, aerospace and automotive structures, and turbomachinery. Examples include creating novel mechano-chemical dynamic models of nanoscale intracellular transport processes, developing the next generation of highly-sensitivestructural health monitoring techniques, discovering novel methods for forecasting the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems, developing innovative reduced order models of complex structures, creating advanced system identification and control methodologies for complex structures and fluid-structural systems. Professor Epureanu has published more than 85 articles in archival journals, and has made numerous presentations at conferences and universities. He is also an Associate Editor of Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (Transactions of ASME) and of AIAAJ Journal and served as guest editor for several other journals. He organizes conferences/symposia and serves on several University and American Society of Mechanical Engineers' technical committees. He has earned several national and international awards. Among his honors are the 2004 American Academy of Mechanics Junior Achievement Award, an NSF Career Award in 2004, the 2003 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award, the 2001 Young Innovator Award from Petro-Canada, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' 2001 Best Paper Finalist Award, and was the winner of Eaton Corporation's 1999 International Mechanical Design Contest. In 1998, Professor Epureanu received the A. M. Strickland Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Division of Manufacturing Industries. He was also awarded the 2005 Beer and Johnston Outstanding Mechanics Educator Award by the American Society for Engineering Education.
Jianping Fu is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a primary appointment in the Mechanical Engineering Department and courtesy appointments in the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Cell and Developmental Biology Department. He also serves as the Associate Director for the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) and is a Core Faculty Member for the UM Center for Organogenesis, the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UM Center for Systems Biology. Dr. Fu’s current research focuses on mechanobiology, stem cell biology, Bio-Microelectromechanical and -Nanoelectromechanical Systems (BioMEMS/NEMS), Lab-on-Chip (LOC), and applying microfabrication technology to illuminate biological systems at both the molecular and cellular levels. Dr. Fu is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (2012), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), the Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (2014), the Robert M. Caddell Memorial Award for Research (2014), and the Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award (2015). Dr. Fu's research group is currently supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and some other foundations and agencies.
Sridhar Kota, PhD is the Herrick Professor of Engineering and the Director of Compliant Systems Design Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Drawing lessons from designs in nature and combining the principles of kinematics and continuum mechanics, Dr. Kota pioneered a new paradigm in product design called Distributed Compliant Design for creating one-piece kinematic machines (no joints) that exploit the natural elasticity of materials. Dr. Kota and his graduate students at the Complaint Systems Design Laboratory have developed various methods for designing compliant mechanisms, soft robots with elasto-fluidics and have demonstrated various industrial applications including novel medical devices.
Dr. Kota has authored over 200 technical papers on product design and bio-inspired compliant systems. He holds over 25 patents and served as an engineering consultant to numerous organizations and is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award, Leonardo da Vinci Award, and Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Educator Award. He is the founder and President of FlexSys Inc., an engineering firm engaged in bio-inspired product design and developed the world’s first modern commercial aircraft with shape-changing wings.
Between 2009-2012 Dr. Kota served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, he developed policy recommendations and implementation strategies to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and to foster innovation-based manufacturing and commercialization of emerging technologies. He played an instrumental role in initiating and launching several initiatives including President Obama’s National Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, National Robotics Initiative, and National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium (NDEMC). Kota is the Director of the University of Michigan Institute for Manufacturing Leadership, a think-and-do tank focusing on policy, education and outreach.
Grant H. Kruger, PhD is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Research Investigator in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. He is passionate about finding novel engineering solutions to problems faced by care providers and believes in translating these solutions into broader practice.
Dr. Kruger received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering in 2006, while working as a Graduate Student Research Assistant and instructor. After obtaining his doctorate, he joined his alma mater as a lecturer to assist in the establishment of their newly formed Mechatronics Department. Thereafter, in 2007 he pursued his postdoctoral studies in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Michigan, S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2008 he joined the department as a Research Investigator faculty, before obtaining his current position.
Dr. Kruger has a diverse research background with publications covering areas from Intelligent Manufacturing Systems to Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Kruger's current research focuses on Biomedical Informatics approaches (robotics, software and firmware development, hardware design, algorithms, signal, image and video processing and novel prototype manufacturing) based on Computational Intelligence technologies.
Dr. Katsuo Kurabayashi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his BS in Precision Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1992, and his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University, CA, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. His current research focuses on optofluidics, nanoplasmonic and biomolecular biosensing, and microsystems for immunology, clinical diagnosis, and analytical chemistry.
He received the 2001 NSF Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award, and the Robert Caddell Memorial Award in 2005, the Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Professor Award in 2007, the Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013 from the University of Michigan, and the Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award in 2015 from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Kenn R. Oldham is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Prof. Oldham was a Research Fellow at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Vibration and Acoustics Laboratory and the Michigan center of the NIH Network for Translational Research.
Prof. Oldham’s research focuses on the intersection of micro-scale technology and control systems. Research interests include design for controllability, optimal and low-power control, micro-scale dynamics and modeling, and micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) fabrication. By applying tools from dynamic systems and control theory, Prof. Oldham’s research group attempts to overcome significant limitations of MEMS technology incurred by substantial processing variation, limited energy availability, and noisy environments. Applications for this research include terrestrial micro-robotics, endoscopic microscopy, inertial sensor calibration, medical device instrumentation, and computer hard disk drive vibration control.
Recent research has particularly emphasized piezoelectric MEMS devices for actuation and/or sensing. In addition, Prof. Oldham has significant interest in engineering outreach for secondary education, as a Berkeley ADEPT Fellow in 2006 and through activities in southeast Michigan since 2010.
Young Geun Park is the assistant research scientist in the department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan. His research focuses on: global health technology, optofluidics, optoelectronics, bioinspired active optical system; and integrated molecular diagnostic system. Prior to joining the research faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the UC Berkeley and he has experienced electronic-mechanics industry at Samsung for 5years after receiving his Ph.D. degree from the school of Chemical Engineering at the Seoul National University.
As a research fellow in Mechanical Engineering studying Silicone 3D Printing, Jeff has extensive knowledge in additive manufacturing and machining processes. With his work experience in plastics product design at BASF, he also has experience optimizing consumer, automotive and aerospace products for mass production. Jeff is also a resident expert in soft material design and fabrication. He is also knowledgeable about high powered electronic systems from his experience in building custom electric longboards.
Beyond this, Jeff works extensively with doctors at the University of Michigan Hospital to develop new medical devices. These projects include MEND (a neuroma surgical tool), Airway Cradle, Arterial Everter (a device to quickly connect arterial vessels together), Slit-Stent (an ophthalmic stent used to relieve symptoms of excessive tearing), EZ-Mask (an ergonomic anesthesia mask for improved mask ventilation), and a number of medical training simulators for use in neurosurgery.
Jeff is also CTO of Flipsi, a reusable bottle company that designs and sells bottles which flip inside-out for easy cleaning, and LiquidGoldConcept, a breastfeeding education company which sells lactation simulation models for medical training. Beyond new product development, Jeff has a lot of experience in creating business plans, pitch decks, and obtaining grant funding.
Jeff has 10 utility patents pending/granted and 7 design patents pending/granted and can assist in those areas as well.
In addition to Jeff’s expertise topics above, he consults on Design Process & Methods, Information Gathering & Patent Searching, Requirements and Specifications, Concept Development, Building and Prototyping, Medical Device Design, and Design for Mass Production.
Yihao Zheng is a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the renowned SM Wu Manufacturing Research Center (WuMRC). He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2016. His research focuses on medical devices design, biomedical machining, tissue mechanics, catheter-based surgical tool dynamics, and medical simulation. He applies manufacturing technologies and theories in medical device design and clinical procedure modeling in cardiovascular intervention, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery. He also seeks to obtain fundamental understanding in mechanical properties and cutting mechanics of atherosclerotic plaque and bone tissue. Dr. Zheng has worked on joint projects with UM Cardiovascular Center, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Otolaryngology. He also collaborates with companies including Boston Scientific and Cardiovascular Systems Inc.