Low Carbon Manufacturing
Low Carbon Manufacturing

Professor Daniel Cooper emulates his childhood hero to make impactful contributions to manufacturing, but now with a close eye on reducing environmental impacts

Congratulations Dr. Chinedum Okwudire!
Congratulations Dr. Chinedum Okwudire!

Integrative Systems + Design is proud to select Dr. Chinedum Okwudire for the 2022 ISD Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Okwudire is being recognized for his work helping to launch a new master’s track in Additive Manufacturing and a Smart Manufacturing Systems course. Dr. Okwudire undertook these efforts during his tenure as the ISD Associate Professor and ISD Associate Chair from 2019-2021.

Adaptive Designing for Human Mobility Safety

The automotive industry is going through a transformation. This transformation is seeing the automotive sector rapidly turning into a mobile ecosystem where the vehicle becomes a multi-media and safe space. Integrative approaches of contextual factors, such as an enjoyable space with freedom of shapes, free of constraints, on one hand, and safety on the other hand, help designers create next generation vehicles. One of the most important safety functions is crash resistance. Dr. Jingwen Hu, together with a group of ISD students, is preparing us for the future through adaptive designing of human mobility safety.

Semester Guide
ISD Semester Guide

The Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) experience is multifaceted with meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom. To help you have the best experience possible and thrive in an ever changing world, we have curated this resource guide that has useful information as you navigate your way. This handbook is a living document, and will be continually updated with new information as it becomes available. If there is anything that you would like to see added, please contact us at isd-questions@umich.edu.


As each of us seeks new ways to find balance in our lives while navigating this new normal, please know that Integrative Systems + Design, the College of Engineering and the University of Michigan are here to support you. It is vital that you take care of yourself and look out for other members of our community, and we have compiled these resources from across the University that should help you in that endeavor.

Create A Better Future
Create A Better Future

Selecting the right graduate school is a major decision, and everyone’s path is unique, but you’ve got this. ISD is the place for innovative graduate programs that prepare you to become a leader in your field. Our team is here to walk you through the application process and help you with tips and tools to make your next step great. Become a leader and develop innovations that will create a better future. Take the first step.

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“At the University of Michigan, you can be who you want to be. This is a place where everyone can find their own place and feel comfortable.”

Zhiyu Wang
Systems Engineering + Design


Upcoming Events

Meet and Greet Event with Dean Alec Gallimore

  • Friday, May 13, 2022
  • 1:15pm – 4pm
  • Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Center

ISD Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series: Manufacturing Process Control A (Nearly) Four Decade Perspective

  • Monday, May 16, 2022
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center 4231 – General Motors Conference Room / Virtual

28th Automotive Research Center (ARC) Review Meeting

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, June 21-22, 2022
  • Day 1: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Day 2: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • College of Engineering’s Ford Robotics Building, 2505 Hayward St.


Kalyan Karthik NANDIGAM (’22), Xhulja Biraku (’20), and Zonta Owens (’19)

ISD students from three different cohorts

The potential of sustainability in car parts has been the focus of research for three different generations of ISD students. The research has focused on strengthening auto components with natural fibers to increase their viability in manufacturing while reducing the need for synthetic fibers, which are much less sustainable than their natural counterparts. The work has created lasting connections between cohorts.


Masters Student, Systems Engineering Design

The course range and flexibility offered at ISD has helped Alexander Salazar pursue his dream of exploring space, as he will soon become an engineer with Blue Origin, a privately funded American company building Space Rockets and a Space Station. “At ISD, you are free to explore and roam in whatever interests you,” Alexander said. “There are so many different views in a classroom.”

Wes fermanich

ISD Fall ’21 ESE Graduate

One of the biggest takeaways from Wes Fermanich’s ISD degree was learning how to break down a large, complex system into smaller components. “Learning this skill has allowed me to approach any engineering project I encounter from a much more logical sense than I had previously by focusing on understanding the interactions of all the components within a system,” said Fermanich, 22, who graduated from ISD in December 2021 with a M.Eng. in Energy Systems Engineering.

Important Dates

May 9: Classes begin Spring/Summer full term Residential & Online Programs
May 16: Spring/Summer Drop/Add Deadline
May 16: Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series
May 30: Memorial Day holiday
June 21-22: 28th Automotive Research Center (ARC) Review Meeting
August 29: Fall classes begin