Volker Sick

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering

DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research

Director, Global CO2 Initiative


College of Engineering, University of Michigan

My research focuses on developing and applying optical measurement techniques for studies of mass and energy transfer as well as diseases of the human eye. In addition, we are working on accelerating deployments of CO2-utilization technologies.

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

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.

Watch an interview 'On the importance of studying abroad' on the occasion of Volker Sick receiving the 2018 U-M's President's Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, established in 2017 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of U-M faculty and staff who keep the university on the leading edge of international education for our students.

See also this University of Michigan Record Article

Contact information:

  • Email: vsick at umich.edu 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