Graham Sustainability Institute

Steve Skerlos

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Arthur F Thurnau Professor
Director of Academic Programs, Undergraduate Education
  • Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil & Environmental Eng.

Professor Steven J. Skerlos is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He is a tenured faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also serves as a UM Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability.

He is Director of the U-M Program in Sustainable Engineering and Co-Director of the Engineering Sustainable Systems Program. He is Chairman of the Board and Founder of Fusion Coolant Systems. In 2015 he co-launched the Center for Socially Engaged Design. He has also served as Director of Sustainability Education Programs for the College of Engineering since 2012.

Professor Skerlos has gained national recognition and press for his research and teaching in the fields of technology policy and sustainable design. He has co-founded two successful start-up companies (Accuri Cytometers and Fusion Coolant Systems), co-founded BLUElab, served as Director of the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering (2009-2012), and served as associate and guest editor for four different academic journals.

His Ph.D. students in the Environmental and Sustainable Technologies Laboratory have addressed sustainability challenges in the fields of systems design, technology selection, manufacturing, and water.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Quality EducationClean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on LandPartnerships for the Goals

Current sustainability courses taught


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Distinguished Awards
        • Seed Grantee
        • Large Awardee
      • Distinguished Faculty Fellow
    • Reviewer
  • Emerging Opportunities
    • ESMRT
      • Team Member
  • General
    • Event Participant
      • Presenter
    • Executive Committee Member
  • Planet Blue
    • Presidential Committees