College Initiatives

Healthcare Engineering

The mission of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) is to improve the safety and quality of healthcare through a multi-disciplinary, systems engineering-based approach. The center brings together specialists in engineering, medicine, public health, nursing, and more to tackle real-world problems in hospitals and clinics. Hands-on projects within and outside the university have immediate and measurable impacts. CHEPS also seeks to inform engineers and health professionals about opportunities to improve healthcare with engineering solutions and keep the broader community abreast of advances in healthcare engineering and patient safety.

Contact: (734) 763-0799,


Manufacturing Research

The S.M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center develops advanced manufacturing and machining techniques, with special focus on microscale systems and machining, intelligent maintenance systems, and the application manufacturing approaches and procedures to healthcare. The center, which was named for the late U-M professor Shien-Ming Wu in 1992, continues his dedication to solving industrially-relevant problems with over 60 industrial partners, including General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and Boeing.

Contact: Xianli Qiao, (734) 763-5295,


Plasma Science and Engineering

Plasmas (ionized gases) have a tremendous array of applications in medicine, manufacturing, microelectronics, medicine, green technologies and space exploration. The investigation and use of plasmas has enabled advances as diverse as the information technology revolution and interplanetary space travel. Plasmas are also responsible for many of the most fascinating occurrences in space – such as solar eruptions, space weather and galactic jets. The Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE) brings together plasma researchers at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University to investigate these fundamental phenomena and translate advances in plasma science into technologies that benefit society. MIPSE supports graduate and undergraduate research through internships and degree programs, provides seed funding to investigate new areas of plasma related science and engineering, fosters interdisciplinary research, connects with industry, sponsors visitors and seminars, and serves as a forum for outreach to the community.  

Contact: (734) 647-0197,


The field of robotics is undergoing revolutionary change, driven by highly-collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The next generation of robots will be able to perform tasks not suited for humans as well as work safely with humans in environments designed for humans. Michigan faculty and graduate students of Robotics pursue fundamental research topics spanning the fields of perception and sensing, interpreting information, and motion. Some researchers focus on specific capabilities such as computer vision, hearing, touch, knowledge representation, machine learning, motion planning, control of force for the safety of humans, and dexterity. Others explore the integration of systems, enabling applications such as autonomous vehicles and multi-vehicular control.



Ultrafast Optical Science

Researchers at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) develop optical instrumentation and techniques to generate, manipulate and detect ultrashort and ultrahigh-peak-power light pulses. They use these ultrashort pulses to study ultrafast phenomena for basic research in physics and biology as well as applied science in solid-state electronics and medicine. Optical pulses of a few femtoseconds (10-15 seconds) duration can be used to probe the fastest events in atomic, molecular, biochemical and solid-state systems. When amplified to even modest energies, such short pulses can achieve the highest peak powers; the Hercules laser at CUOS holds the world record for on-target laser focused intensity, at an astonishing 2×1022watts per square centimeter. Ultrashort-pulse fiber lasers enable the highest average powers (100-watt level) available from pulsed laser systems.

Contact: (734) 763-4875,


Wireless Microsensing

The Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) advances the design, fabrication, and applications of microsensors and sensor-driven systems through research, education and collaboration with industry. Core technologies include new sensing concepts and sensor designs, micro and nanoscale fabrication and packaging methods, micromachined RF filters and resonators, power harvesting, low-power circuitry and wireless interfaces.  Application areas include including wearable, implantable and microanalytical devices, chemical and environmental sensors, and infrastructure monitoring systems.

Contact: (734) 764-6429,