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S. Jack Hu

Vice President for Research

Current Appointments

  • J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering


9/2009 – 12/2013: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering
1/1998 – 12/2013: Co-director, General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory in Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing
1/2009 – 9/2011: G. Lawton and Louise G. Johnson Professor of Engineering
1/2007 – 8/2009: Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Engineering
1/2002 – 12/2006: Director, Program in Manufacturing; Director, Interdisciplinary Professional Programs, College of Engineering

As vice president for research, Hu has overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the entire U-M campus. He oversees the U-M Office of Research, which promotes interdisciplinary research, develops and implements research policy, provides central administrative services in support of faculty research, innovation and economic outreach, and manages activities related to compliance and the responsible conduct of research.

Dr. Hu’s teaching and research interests include manufacturing systems design and operations, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods. He is the recipient of various awards, including the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, SME/NAMRI Research Implementation Award, the College of Engineering Research Excellence Award and several best paper awards. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He served as the Editor in Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Systems from 2008 to 2013. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015, and was elected as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2017.

Phone: 734-936-2680
Research Team Assignment: Leadership Team

4080 Fleming Administration Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340

Karen Houghtaling, executive assistant, 734-936-2680,