In the News

Fortune June 11, 2016

How electric vehicles can boost new markets

Mark Barteau, CHE professor, writes how we should extol electric vehicles not for their low-carbon virtue, but as a way to create and to satisfy demand in both the electricity and transportation sectors. June 8, 2016

Expert weighs in on lead, PCB contamination at old Ypsilanti industrial site

Stuart Batterman, CEE professor, recommends more comprehensive testing of land adjacent to hot spots of PCB contamination along Water Street in Ypsilanti, and advises against developing homes in the immediate area.
Times of India May 28, 2016

Batman-inspired software lets you squeeze smartphone to make calls

Kang Shin, EECS professor, and a team of U-of-M engineers have developed pressure-sensitive display technology that can be applied to any smartphone without requiring special built-in sensors.
CNN May 25, 2016

America’s infrastructure: Beams disintegrating under bridges

Victor Li, MSE professor, has been developing bendable concrete that can heal itself from cracks over the past 10 years. The bendable concrete can withstand a force hundreds of times more powerful than standard concrete, he said.
Gizmodo May 16, 2016

A simple software update lets any smartphone detect squeezes and forceful touches

EECS engineers have developed software that not only can recreate Apple's 3D Touch functionality, it can also be added to any smartphone and can detect when the phone is being squeezed.
The Wall Street Journal May 12, 2016

Apple’s new classroom experiment

Elliot Soloway, School of Education professor, cautioned that "[s]chools always make the mistake of buying computers first and then asking what do we do with them."
Gizmag May 8, 2016

Bipedal robot conquers uneven ground

Jessy Grizzle, EECS professor, and his team said that MARLO has the best walking ability of any robot not equipped with powered ankles. MARLO, an unsupported bipedal robot, can negotiate steep slopes, thin layers of snow, and unstable ground using algorithms.
Chemical and Engineering News May 4, 2016

Boiling water may cause Martian sand slides

Nilton Renno, CLASP professor, states that the downslope flow of liquid on Mars distinguishes the properties of Mars' terrain from Earth's environment.
In the News May 3, 2016

Well-timed follow-up reduces post-cystectomy readmissions

Naveen Krishna, medical student, and colleagues used a delay-time analysis approach to maximize the probability of detecting patients susceptible to readmission through office visits and telephone calls. Story from Renal and Urology News.
The Washington Post April 28, 2016

The U.S. oil and gas boom is having global atmospheric consequences, scientists suggest

Eric Kort, CLASP professor, has led a study which found that oil production at the Bakken Shale formation is partly responsible for the reverse in a decades-long decline in global ethane emissions.
Chemical and Engineering News April 27, 2016

Robust route for carbonyl-olefin metathesis

Corinna Schindler, CHE professor, and her team have discovered an efficient route to construct five-membered carbon rings, using iron as a catalyst.
Big Ten Network April 24, 2016

The Great Lakes serve as a living lab

On August 20, Alford and fellow Michigan faculty member Melissa Duhaime were two of more than 1,000 participants in the world’s largest simultaneous water sampling project for microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic that measure mere millimeters in size — as part of eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016.