Ellen M. Arruda, PhD, NAE

Tim Manganello / Borg Warner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering;
Joint Appointment as Professor,
Biomedical Engineering and as
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

BS (with Honors) Eng Sci ’85, MS Eng Mech ’88, Pennsylvania State University
PhD ME ’92, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



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Research Interests
Mechanical behavior of materials including elastomers, polymers, polymer composites and nanocomposites, and soft tissue; experimental and analytical investigations of the high strain rate response of polymers and polymer composites; nanoscale design, manufacturing, and analysis of tough nanocomposites; the mechanics of growth in soft tissue; tissue engineering of ligament, tendon, muscle and their interfaces; soft tissue biomechanics; knee biomechanics; design of blast and impact resistant materials and structures.

Major Funding Sources
ARO; ONR; DARPA; NIH; NSF; Sandia; Ford; Visteon; Proctor and Gamble; 3M; Dow Chemical; GE/NFL/NIST/UnderArmour; Tissue Genesis; NextGen; STEL Technologies; Coulter Foundation

U.S. Mailing Address:
Ellen M. Arruda
Mechanical Engineering
Univ of Michigan CoE / 2250 GG Brown Lab
2350 Hayward St
Ann Arbor MI  48109-2125

Campus Address:
ME / 3674 GG Brown / 2125