Cities as Clients

The Urban Collaboratory brings together faculty and students in collaboration with city leaders and residents to identify and address emerging challenges in 21st-century urban centers.

Through the Collaboratory, faculty and student teams work directly with city stakeholders to identify specific challenges, develop an effective approach, and then implement solutions guided by novel urban design methods. Collaboratory projects integrate information, communication technology, and sensor technologies in a comprehensive fashion to observe, manage,and control urban processes—all with the goal of improving residents’ health and overall quality of life.

These initiatives create what are known as “smart cities.” The Collaboratory is funded by the University of Michigan, foundations, federal sponsors, state and local governments and corporations.

Projects
and Partnerships

Current Collaboratory projects include removing phosphorus from wastewater in Detroit, helping seniors age in place in Ypsilanti, improving public transportation in Benton Harbor, and much more.

“Partnerships with the Urban Collaboratory will unlock the power of interdisciplinary research and implementation through design integration with our city partners.”

– Geoffrey Thün, Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Research at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Urban Collaboratory Co-Director

Leadership

Glen T. Daigger, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE

Co-Director of University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory
Professor of Engineering Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nancy G. Love, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Co-Director of University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory
Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jerome P. Lynch, Ph.D., MS

Co-Director of University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory
Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Geoffrey Thün, M.U.D.

Co-Director of University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory
Associate Professor of Architecture
Associate Dean for Research, College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Curt Wolf

Managing Director of University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory

Principal
Investigators

Diana Aga, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

María Arquero de Alarcón, MLAUD, MASLA, MArch

Director of the Master of Urban Design
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning

Tierra S. Bills, Ph.D., MS

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Michigan Society Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Glen T. Daigger, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, NAE

Professor, Environmental and Water Resources

Avery H. Demond, Ph. D., MS

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Ph.D., MPH

Chair of Epidemiology
Professor of Epidemiology

Mohammed Ettouney, Sc.D., P.E., MBA, M.SEI, M.EMI, F.AEI, Dist.M.ASCE

Principal and Founder, Mohammed Ettouney, LLC

Elisabeth R. Gerber, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement
Jack L. Walker, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Political Science
Research Associate, Center for Political Studies

Robert Goodspeed, PhD., M.C.P.

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Seth Guikema, Ph.D., MS, M.Eng

Associate Professor, Industrial & Operations Engineering
Industrial and Operations Engineering Graduate Program Advisor

Rebecca D. Hardin, Ph.D., MPhil

Associate Professor
Director, Michigan Sustainability Cases
Coordinator, Environmental Justice Certificate

Branko Kerkez, Ph.D, MS

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kincho H. Law, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering and Engineering Informatics

SangHyun Lee, Ph.D., MSc

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Nancy G. Love, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jerome P. Lynch, Ph.D., MS

Donald Malloure Department Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Neda Masoud, Ph.D., MS

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Elizabeth B. Moje, Ph.D., MA

Dean, School of Education
George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Jeffrey Morenoff, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Abraham Noe-Hays

Founder, Rich Earth Institute

Gabor Orosz, Ph.D., MSc

Associate Professor

Lutgarde Raskin, Ph.D., MS

Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Engineering

Jim Sayer, Ph.D., MS

Director, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Research Scientist, Human Factors Group

Geoffrey Thün, M.U.D.

Associate Professor of Architecture
Associate Dean for Creative Practice

Krista R. Wigginton, Ph.D., MS

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering