Dr. Chinedum Okwudire Named ISD Associate Chair, Effective Jan. 1, 2019

It is a pleasure to announce that Chinedum Okwudire has been appointed the Associate Chair of Integrative Systems + Design, effective Jan 1, 2019.

Chinedum Okwudire is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Michigan in 2011, he was the systems optimization team leader at DMG Mori USA. His research expertise lies in smart and sustainable automation, where he leverages the fundamental engineering disciplines of machine design, structural dynamics, and control theory to tackle challenging problems in precision, throughput, and energy efficiency faced by the manufacturing and vehicle automation industries.

He is very passionate about education. Chinedum developed a new graduate course in manufacturing automation in ME (cross-listed with ISD), co-developed the Smart Manufacturing seminar series and course through ISD, and co-developed short courses taught to participants from industry. He has served on the undergraduate programs committee of the ME department for four years and co-chaired the ME RISE program.

He is also very engaged with the community. He led the creation of the 3D Printing Club at Michigan, aimed at providing students with experiential learning in manufacturing. He is the faculty advisor for the Michigan Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and co-initiated the NextProf Pathfinder Workshop, which seeks to prepare underrepresented minority graduate students for careers in academia.  

Chinedum has been recognized for his outstanding research, teaching, and service, including: the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation; the Young Investigator Award from the International Symposium on Flexible Automation; the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the Ralph Teetor Educational Award from SAE International; the MLK Spirit Award from the North Campus Deans; the Department Achievement Award from ME; and the Russell Severance Springer Visiting Professorship from UC Berkeley.

Chinedum has boundless energy. “I am looking forward to working with him in leading ISD as we take this next step into the future,” says ISD Chair Diann Brei.  

Congratulations Dr. Chinedum Okwudire.