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Panos Papalambros

Donald C. Graham Professor, College of Engineering
Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Professor, School of Art & Design



Curriculum Vitae
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1979
  • M.S., Stanford University, 1976
  • Diploma, National Technical University of Athens, 1974

Panos Papalambros is an engineering and design science educator whose research interests include design science and optimization, with applications to sustainable design of products and systems; automotive systems, such as hybrid and electric vehicles; and architectural and product design. With D. J. Wilde, he co-authored the textbook Principles of Optimal Design: Modeling and Computation (1988, 2000). He has published over 260 articles in journals, conference proceedings, and books.

During his tenure at Michigan he served as mechanical engineering department chair (1992-98, and 2007-08) and was the founding director of several laboratories and centers: The Optimal Design (ODE) Laboratory (1980 -); the Design Laboratory (1990-92); the Ford Durability Simulation Center (1992-94); the Automotive Research Center (1994-2003); the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory (1998-2002); the Antilium Project (2003-2008), and the Ford BlockM Sustainability Laboratory (2006-2009). In 2006 he became the founding chair of the University of Michigan interdisciplinary Design Science Doctoral Program.

He is a member of ASME, INFORMS, MPS, SIAM, SME, SAE, ISSMO, AIAA, AAUP, and ASEE, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Engineering Design, Engineering Optimization, Computer-Integrated Engineering, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Product Development, and Engineering Simulation. He has also served as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the Journal of Global Optimization, and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers International Journal. He is currently serving as Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.

He is a Fellow of ASME and SAE, and the recipient of the ASME Design Automation Award (1998), ASME Machine Design Award (1999), Japan SME Design and Systems Achievement Award (2004), and the ASME Joel and Ruth Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award (2007).