Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Director, Global CO2 Initiative


College of Engineering, University of Michigan

My research on developing and using imaging diagnostics addresses questions related to internal combustion engines, non-thermal plasmas, and diseases of the human eye.

My teaching focuses on experiential undergraduate education through a lab course, the International Engineering Summer School at TU Berlin, and Techlab@Mcity.

My service work ranges from administrative roles at UM, editorial roles, a translational research program, to committees for international professional societies.

The Global CO2 Initiative at University of Michigan and its network leverages existing relationships into a sound foundation for interdisciplinary research at the University and other research and industrial entities.

The Global CO2 Initiative will focus on technologies, processes and policies to increase the rate at which carbon is removed from the global carbon cycle by the equivalent to 10% of current CO2 emissions by 2030 through the identification and support of scalable technologies.

Watch the TED-style presentation on the left to learn about our MCubed collaboration with Maria Woodward (Dep. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) and David Burke (Dept. of Human Genetics).

In addition, see details about Fast 3D Imaging for eye exams in this 360-degree video.

On the importance of studying abroad

See also this University of Michigan Record Article

Contact information:

  • Email: vsick at Phone: +1 734 647-9607
  • Mail: University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2007 W. E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, 1231 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133, USA