Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Director of Sustainability Education Programs, College of Engineering
Director of Environmental and Sustainable Technologies Laboratory (EASTlab), College of Engineering
Co-Director of INSITU Center for Socially Engaged Design
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois, 2000
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1994
Professor Skerlos has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2000. He is known as a scholar in the field of sustainable design focusing on applications of technology in product design, manufacturing, technology policy, and water reuse. Professor Skerlos is Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fusion Coolant Systems, a startup developing gas-based coolants and lubricants for manufacturing. He is known as a serial entrepreneur having successfully started two companies based on his laboratory research. Professor Skerlos is the Director of Sustainability Education Programs in the College of Engineering and is Co-Director for INSITU: A Center of Excellence on Socially Engaged Design. He serves on the advisory boards for the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the Graham Sustainability Institute, as well as on external sustainability advisory boards for industrial corporations. More about Professor Skerlos's interests can be found at steve-skerlos.org.
Biking, astronomy, flying, guitar, and raising kids.
My research investigates the role of technology and consumer choice behavior in the sustainable design of energy and personal mobility systems. I am co-advised by Prof. Richard Gonzalez (Psychology).
Cooking, gardening for food, swimming, and Indian classical music.
Ph.D. Pre-Candidate, Environmental Engineering
M.S., Design Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2016 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, 2014
Study abroad terms
~ Spring 2011: Mechanical Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden
~ Fall 2013: Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
I am interested in implementing appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions through collaborations with local stakeholders in developing regions. My research will be heavily interdisciplinary, integrating social sciences, international development, public & environmental health, engineering, and engaged learning. My current research involves preliminary assessments of water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors in urban and semi-urban communities in Gabon and partnership building with key stakeholders. I am also interested in applying rigorous mixed-methods evaluations that take advantage of the benefits of experimental and quasi-experimental approaches based in economics and of ethnographic methods based in anthropology.
I like to see live music, play ultimate, rock climb, play guitar, brew beer, and eat delicious foods.