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S. Jack Hu

S. Jack Hu is Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. He is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, and the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing in the College of Engineering at Michigan.

As the Vice President for Research, Dr. Hu has overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the UM campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. The University of Michigan has an annual research expenditure of nearly $1.5 Billion. The Office of the Vice President for Research 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 research compliance and the responsible conduct of research. Before his current appointment, he served as associate dean in the College of Engineering at Michigan.

Dr. Hu’s teaching and research interests are in manufacturing systems. He is the recipient of various awards, including the William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Gold Medal from Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and several best paper awards. He is a fellow of the ASME, SME, and the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He was elected a member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2015. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.