Below, you'll find a list of Institutes and Centers also involved in energy research at U-M. 


Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan fosters global sustainable enterprise through interdisciplinary research and education initiatives, including our acclaimed MBA/MS Program. Utilizing a collaborative approach, we help business, government and civil society organizations to achieve meaningful progress toward sustainability.

Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute

The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is a jointly funded effort by the University of Michigan and the Graham Foundation for encouraging multidisciplinary research and education in environmental sustainability. The Graham Institute seeks out new opportunities in sustainability research and education, and plays an important role in awarding incentive research funding and encouraging graduate students to continue their studies in the environmental sustainability field. The Institute also works with companies, NGOs, and communities to leverage U-M assets in a strong outreach program dedicated to extending the knowledge of and solving problems related to sustainability. An important feature of the Graham Institute is to serve as an information focal point and ambassador for sustainability within the University using this web portal, and its relationships with schools, colleges, and various institutes and centers dealing with sustainability.

Institute of Social Research

Established in 1948, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) is among the world’s oldest survey research organizations, and a world leader in the development and application of social science methodology. ISR conducts some of the most widely-cited studies in the nation, including the Survey of Consumer Attitudes, the National Election Studies, the Monitoring the Future Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Health and Retirement Study, and the National Survey of Black Americans. ISR researchers also collaborate with social scientists in more than 60 nations on the World Values Surveys and other projects, and the Institute has established formal ties with universities in Poland, China, and South Africa. ISR is also home to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world’s largest computerized social science data archive.

Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering

The University of Michigan has an exceptional and broad capability in plasma science and engineering from microelectronics fabrication, laser-plasma interactions and plasma thrusters; to microwave generation, high energy density plasmas, shock-physics and space plasma physics. Visit the website here

University of Michigan Transportation Institute

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is committed to interdisciplinary research that will ultimately increase driving safety and further transportation systems knowledge. UMTRI is currently operating a $14.5 million per year research program, with funds received from federal and state government agencies, motor vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, and other organizations.



Automotive Research Center

Director: Anna Stefanopoulou
Deputy Director: Dawn Tilbury

At the Automotive Research Center (ARC) we develop simulation and modeling environments for discovering and assessing critical ground vehicle technologies. We focus on problems associated with management of power and energy within vehicles, mobility and survivability of the complete vehicle system, including the human operator. The Center employs extensive experimental facilities for the validation and verification of models in the area of energy conversion and management of power within vehicles. Our models and simulations are all accompanied by analytical tools to assess optimality, reliability, survivability, and mobility in harsh environments with constrained fuel supplies and over a variety of terrains.

The Center relies on the collaboration of researchers from multiple universities and disciplines in order to bridge fundamental technology gaps. Alongside basic scientific goals, we focus on army-relevant topics and partner with industry to leverage and transfer our efforts and results.

U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium

Director: Huei Peng
Deputy Director: Jun Ni

As the world’s largest automobile markets, the United States and China lead the world in oil consumption, importing more than half the petroleum they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to reduce this oil consumption by supporting the joint research of the nations’ leading experts in clean vehicle technologies. The University of Michigan’s Prof. Huei Peng and Tsinghua University’s Prof. Minggao Ouyang lead this effort.

The $50 million CERC Clean Vehicles Consortium, sponsored in part by the U.S Department of Energy and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, leverages the expertise of engineering, natural science, and the social science thought leaders. With partners from academia, national laboratories and industry, this coalition is uniquely positioned to develop global solutions to the challenges of creating next generation clean vehicles and the policies that support them.

Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics

Director: Mark Kushner
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Plasma science and engineering plays a critical role in our national economy, energy supply, international intellectual competitiveness and national security while harboring a broad array of science challenges.  The University of Michigan has an exceptional and broad capability in plasma science and engineering, making advances in better utilizing plasmas for technology and investigating the fundamental science of the 4th state of matter.

The Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE) is building upon this interdisciplinary strength to help our faculty, students and staff to continue to make internationally leading contributions to plasma science and engineering.

Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion in Complex Materials

Director: Peter Green


The goal of CSTEC is to investigate the science necessary to mitigate and to tailor energy loss processes in nanostructured, and low dimensional, materials for high efficiency photovoltaic (PV) and thermoelectric (TE) energy conversion.

Center for Sustainable Systems

Director:  Gregory Keoleian


The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) is an interdisciplinary research and education center in the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.   CSS advances concepts of sustainability through interdisciplinary research and education. The Center collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop and apply life cycle based models and sustainability metrics for systems that meet societal needs.  CSS promotes tools and knowledge that support the design, evaluation, and improvement of complex systems.

Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems

Director: Yogesh B. Gianchandani
Administrative Director: Karen Richardson

Since 1974, the University of Michigan has been a world leader in the development of integrated sensors, microelectromechanical devices (MEMS) and microsystems. The Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS) was established in 2000, with support from the National Science Foundation expanded this world-class research on MEMS and microsystems. The goal of the WIMS ERC remains to develop platforms for microsystems capable of sensing non-electronic variables with high accuracy, interpreting the signals, and then communicating the results over distances from a few centimeters to a few kilometers. The research encompasses various applications including weather forecasting and environmental monitoring, biomedical systems, homeland security and defense, consumer products, transportation and infrastructure, space probes, automated manufacturing tools and any place where microelectronics needs to be coupled to the non-electronic world. An important part of the WIMS ERC is its work to develop interdisciplinary programs in microsystems.

FXB Center for Rotary and Fixed Wing Air Vehicle Design

Director: Peretz Friedmann

The FXB Center for Rotary and Fixed Wing Air Vehicle Design (FXB-CRFWAD) focuses on multidisciplinary analysis that plays a key role in the design of manned and unmanned air vehicles. The areas emphasized are interactions between computational aero-elasticity and aerodynamics, controls, flight mechanics, active materials and composite structures. The goal is the development of vehicles with low vibrations and noise levels, good damage tolerance characteristics and low cost.

S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center

Director: Jun Ni

S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center (WuMRC) has been an internationally recognized center of excellence in all aspects of manufacturing education and research. The center’s main research thrusts are in dimensional measurement and control; machine tools and machining; drilling; assembly and joining; material forming; in-process quality control; variation modeling and reduction in manufacturing systems; and micro-manufacturing.

Center for Ultrafast Optical Science

Director: Theodore Norris

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) exists to perform multidisciplinary laser research and spur the development of new technologies. CUOS researchers develop optical equipment and techniques to generate, manipulate, and detect ultrashort and ultra-high-peek-power light pulses. They use these ultrashort pulses to study ultrafast physical phenomena in atomic, nuclear, plasma, and materials physics, in solid state electronics in high-energy-density physics.

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems

CoPI: Dr. Jay Lee

Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (CIMS) is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that focuses on developing i) intelligent prognostics algorithms such as “Watchdog Agent” (prognostics on a chip) for in-situ machine/device/system degradation assessment and prediction, and ii) web-enabled device-to-business platforms for distributed, rapid and cost-effective e-maintenance and e-service business decision making systems. IMS integrates innovations in wireless technologies, signal processing and decision making systems into predictive maintenance technologies to enable manufacturers, service centers and OEMs to have products and machines with near-zero breakdown conditions.

Center for Space Environment Modeling

Principal Investigator: Tamas Gombosi

During the last decade, a tightly integrated interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from the Departments of Aerospace Engineering (AERO); Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS); and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) developed the first high-performance computational models of the space environment using modern numerical algorithms and adaptive mesh refinement. The group has been consistently successful in winning high-profile major awards from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Defense to develop new computational technologies for space environment modeling. In order to provide an intellectual identity and increase the visibility of this successful grassroots initiative, this faculty has formed the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM).