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A diagram of cochlea

Cracking the cochlea: U-M team creates mathematical model of ear’s speech center

New research paves the way for modeling the transduction of speech and music at the cochlear level.|Medium Read
2019 MRacing vehicle

MRacing Wins 4th Place Overall at Formula SAE Michigan

The University of Michigan’s Formula SAE team takes home 4th overall at Michigan International Speedway|Short Read

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.|Medium Read
A robot leg practices walking on a treadmill

Open-source bionic leg: First-of-its-kind platform aims to rapidly advance prosthetics

'This represents the future of research—rapid prototyping of open source robotic hardware and embedded systems with shared code.'|Medium Read
An electron microscope image

U-M receives $6.25M to study heat-to-electricity conversion and cooling with LEDs

Michigan Engineering is leading four other universities in Department of Defense-funded research.|Medium Read
Abhishek Dhyani works in the lab

Ice-proofing big structures with a “beautiful demonstration of mechanics”

'You're missing a trick,' mechanical engineer tells materials scientist.|Medium Read
Volker Sick, director of the Global CO2 Initiative, speaks during a workshop on the Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Assessment (TEA/LCA) Guidelines for CO2 utilization technologies, a tool to evaluate various approaches to this strategy to mitigate climate change. Joseph Xu

An international effort launches to determine best CO2 utilization technologies

Economic and environmental guidelines will support new industries and climate solutions.|Medium Read
Alauddin Ahmed, an assistant research scientist, and Donald Siegel, an associate professor, show off the results of a computational metal-organic framework (MOF) study.

Hydrogen fuel cells: With a database of 500,000 materials, researchers zero in on best bets

New hydrogen storage holds more energy in smaller, more compact cells, boosting efficiency.|Medium Read
A person in a military uniform sits in a chair during the experiment

U-M’s Automotive Research Center funded with $50M through 2024

With a focus on autonomy, ARC’s research will reduce the number of soldiers in harm's way, changing the military paradigm.|Short Read
4 people sit as a panel

The race to zero carbon emissions

When the only number that matters is zero, this climate summit asked participants to leave their preconceptions about acceptable solutions at the door.|Medium Read
Linxiao Zhu, ME Research Fellow, unveils a device that enables cooling via heat transfer. Photo: Joseph Xu

Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers

Harnessing heat flow at the nanoscale while suppressing thermal radiation from the LED enables a new approach to light-based cooling.|Short Read
Man stepping over puddle in rain

Teaching self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement

Data gleaned from cameras and sensors increases predictive accuracy.|Medium Read