Ellen Arruda, Ph.D., NAE

Tim Manganello / BorgWarner Department Chair


2370D G.G. Brown
2350 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125


(734) 763-5328

Primary Website

Soft Tissue Mechanics Lab


  • Ph.D. ME, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1992
  • M.S. Eng Mech, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
  • B.S. (with Honors) Eng Sci, 1985

Research Interests

Mechanical behavior of materials including elastomers, polymers, polymer composites and nanocomposites, and soft tissue; experimental and analytical investigations of the high strain rate response of polymers and polymer composites; nanoscale design, manufacturing, and analysis of tough nanocomposites; the mechanics of growth in soft tissue; tissue engineering of ligament, tendon, muscle and their interfaces; soft tissue biomechanics; knee biomechanics; design of blast and impact resistant materials and structures.

Research Areas:

Biomechanics, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Additional Title(s)

  • Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering


  • 2016 Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Speaker – Nominated to speak at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas A&M University, College Station, and the University of Houston, Houston, February 16-18, 2016
  • Winner[1], Head Health Challenge III, NFL, NIST, GE, Under Armour, 2015.
  • Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Trudy Huebner Service Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • Ann Arbor Spark Best of Boot Camp Award, 2012
  • Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2012
  • Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2009
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
  • Fellow, Society of Engineering Science, 2008
  • Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2006-2007
  • Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, ME Department, University of Michigan, 2004
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1997-2002
  • 3M Untenured Faculty Research Award, 1997-2000
  • Career Development Award, University of Michigan, 1995
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, MEAM Department, University of Michigan, 1995
  • General Electric Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1993
  • S. with Honors, The Pennsylvania State University, 1985
  • Chamberlain Manufacturing Corporation Scholarship, 1981-1985
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)