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Steven Skerlos

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Co-Director of INSITU Center for Socially Engaged Design
Director of Sustainability Education Programs
Director of Environmental and Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (EASTlab)

Steve Skerlos is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (2000) and his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering with highest honors (1994), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2000.  Professor Skerlos is known as a scholar in the field of sustainable design focusing on applications of technology in product design, manufacturing, and water reuse.  Professor Skerlos is Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer of Fusion Coolant Systems, a startup developing gas-based coolants and lubricants for manufacturing.  Professor Skerlos was faculty inventor and founder of Accuri Cytometers, now part of BD, which was acquired for $205M in 2011.  Professor Skerlos is the Director of Sustainability Education Programs in the College of Engineering, Director of the Program in Sustainable Engineering, and is Faculty Director for the UM Center for Socially Engaged Design.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the UM Graham Sustainability Institute.  He was director of the graduate program in mechanical engineering from 2009-2012, and has been the faculty advisor to BLUElab since 2002.   He teaches Sustainability Engineering Principles to undergraduate students, and Sustainable Design of Technology Systems to graduate students.  Professor Skerlos has overseen several dozen student projects pertaining to technology design for communities in low-resource settings, including several winners of the EPA People, Prosperity, and Planet Challenge.

Center for Socially Engaged Design Profile

Environmental and Sustainable Technologies (EAST) Lab

Personal webpage

Civil and Environmental Engineering Profile


Energy-related links:

  1. Michigan Scientists See Urgency for Negative Emissions, Climate Central, 2016
  2. Carbon capture too costly, so leave coal in the ground, say researchers, Michigan Radio (NPR), 2015
  3. The latest bad news on carbon capture from coal power plants: higher costs, The Conversation, 2015
  4. Carbon capture analyst: Coal should stay in the ground, College of Engineering, 2015
  5. Look Out for that Truck!, Bloomberg, 2015
  6. CAFE Standards Could Mean Bigger Cars, Not Smaller Ones, 2011


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