Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering



Mechanical Engineering: Challenges, Opportunities, and Eight Chains


Dr. Ellen Arruda


University of Michigan, Chair of Mechanical Engineering


Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Samuel Graham


In the first part of this talk I will provide a brief overview of my research journey as I reflect upon my challenges and successes in research. I will focus on the work I have done in experimental characterization, constitutive modeling, and computational simulation of polymers including elastomers, glassy polymers, nanocomposites, and soft tissues of the body such as ligament and cartilage. I am excited about our ability to obtain full volume displacement field data for soft tissue via in situ MRI, and how we then use that information with an inverse method to characterize tissue response, so I’ll end this first part of my talk with that. I will switch gears to provide some thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing mechanical engineering.


Prof. Arruda is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, president and fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, a fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and fellow and former president of the Society of Engineering Science. She is co-director of the University of Michigan (U-M) Exercise & Sports Science Initiative (ESSI) and has joint appointments in the U-M College of Engineering Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program and Biomedical Engineering Department.


Reception will follow.