U OF M- Nanomechanical Engineering Lab Dedication

In bold pursuit of research leadership, the Department of Mechanical Engineering begins a new era. A 60,000+ square foot, three story addition to the G.G. Brown Laboratories will birth transformative inquiry. Fundamental mechanical engineering core and emerging new technologies will intersect, producing discoveries to influence the future of energy, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology.This world-class facility will foster collaborative research across several disciplines, including: imaging and optics; biosystems; nanoengineering; micro-bioengineering; materials; mechanics and mechanical testing; microdynamics and nanostructures. Open work areas and core laboratories will facilitate partnerships among existing and new projects.

Stringent temperature and humidity control and air-filtration systems pervade the site. Eight ultra-low vibration chambers, housed below grade, have been designed and constructed. Investigators will conduct research at unprecedented levels of precision and accuracy.

This $46-million complex was made possible, in part, by a $9.5-million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This addition is the first phase of a two-part project. The second phase, now in progress, will renovate the original G.G. Brown Laboratories, constructed in the late 1950s, to greatly enhance its infrastructure and realize a student-centric state-of-the-art education facility. The State of Michigan, alumni, friends and corporate partners have been essential supporters in making this project possible.

Read more about this exciting new project at The University of Michigan’s website.