Michael Alexander-Ramos, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Biography

Michael J. Alexander-Ramos holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (2011) and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2008), both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Cincinnati where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006 and was the recipient of the University of Cincinnati James Rankin Award.

Alexander-Ramos is a member of multiple professional organizations and also participates in activities to encourage minorities to pursue careers in STEM fields. He has also served as a tutor and mentor to younger students at both the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.  

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Research Interests

  • Multidisciplinary modeling and design optimization; Decomposition-based system design optimization; Combined design and control optimization; Dynamic systems modeling and design; Reduced-order dynamic systems modeling for design; Surrogate modeling/metamodeling for design optimization; Electric/hybrid-electric vehicle design; Fuel cell electric vehicle design; Automotive systems design; Engineering design under aesthetic, business, and/or governmental policy considerations.


Academic Appointments

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
2015- Present
University of Michigan: Automative Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Research Assistant
2008-  2010

 
Industry Experience

General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI
Senior Researcher, Hybrid Systems
March 2011- May 2015
US Army TARDEC, Warren, MI
Research Contractor
June 2009 – August 2009
Johnson Controls: Automotive Experience, Plymouth, MI
Finite Element Analysis Intern
June 2008 – August 2008
Delphi Packard Electric/Electronic Architecture, Champion, OH
Crimp Technology Engineering Intern
May 2007 – August 2007
Delphi Packard Electric/Electronic Architecture, Champion, OH
Advanced Engineering Analysis Intern
June 2006- August 2006
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Erlanger, KY
Paint Engineering Co-op, Body Production Engineering
June 2005 – September 2005
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Erlanger, KY
Supplier Parts Engineering Center Co-op
January 2005 – March 2005
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Erlanger, KY
Supplier Parts Engineering Center Co-op
June 2004 – Sept. 2004
Procter and Gamble: Health Care Research Center, Mason, OH
IAMS Division Co-op, Research and Development
December 2003 – March 2004
Procter and Gamble: Health Care Research Center, Mason, OH
Oral Care Packaging Co-op, Research and Development
June 2003 – September 2003
Procter and Gamble: Health Care Research Center, Mason, OH
Facilities Co-op, Facilities and Information Technology
December 2002 – March 2003


Honors and Awards

TeamGM Awards (four, in recognition of workplace contributions)  
Martin Luther King Spirit Award, University of Michigan 2010
Graduate Fellowship, NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates 2009
Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation 2008
M.S. Fellow, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering & Science 2006-2008
Rackham Fellow, University of Michigan 2006-2007
James Rankin Award, University of Cincinnati  2006
Academic Pyramid of Excellence Torchbearer, NSBE 2004-2006


Selected Publications

  1. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., Papalambros, P. Y., and Gorsich, D. J., "Constraint Management of Reduced Representation Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization", Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 133, No. 10, 2011 [special issue].
  2. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., and Papalambros, P. Y., “Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Decomposition-based Design Optimization”, Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2011, 379-391.
  3. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., and Papalambros, P. Y., "Decomposition-based Design Optimization of Electric Vehicle Powertrains using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition", International Journal of Powertrains, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2011, 72-92 [invited paper].
  4. Alexander, M. J. and Papalambros, P. Y., "An Accuracy Assessment Method for Two-Dimensional Functional Data in Simulation-Based Design", 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference, Fort Worth, TX, September 13-15, 2010.
  5. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., Papalambros, P. Y., and Gorsich, D. J., "Constraint Management of Reduced Representation Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization", 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Montreal, Canada, August 15-18, 2010, DETC2010-28788.
  6. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., and Papalambros, P. Y., "Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization", the 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Lisbon, Portugal, June 1-5, 2009.

Selected Technical Presentations

  1. Alexander, M. J. and Papalambros, P. Y., "An Accuracy Assessment Method for Two-Dimensional Functional Data in Simulation-Based Design", 13th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization Conference, Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, TX, September 13.
  2. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., Papalambros, P. Y., and Gorsich, D. J., 2010, "Constraint Management of Reduced Representation Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization", 2010 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada, August 17.
  3. Alexander, M. J., Kokkolaras, M., and Papalambros, P. Y., 2010, “Multilevel Vehicle Design: Fuel Economy, Mobility, and Safety Considerations, Part A”, 16th Automotive Research Center (ARC) Conference, Four Points by Sheraton, Ann Arbor, MI, May 11.
  4. Alexander, M. J. and Papalambros, P. Y., 2010, “Enhancing the Design Process for New Vehicle Architectures”, Michigan AGEP Scholars Seminar (MASS) 2010 Research Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 10.
  5. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., Papalambros, P. Y., 2009, “Managing Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Electric Vehicle Powertrain System Optimization”, Automotive Research Center (ARC) Thrust Area V, U.S. Army TARDEC, Warren, MI, December 9.
  6. Alexander, M. J. and Papalambros, P. Y., 2009, “Managing Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Electric Vehicle Powertrain System Optimization”, Engineering Graduate Symposium, Chrysler Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, November 13.
  7. Alexander, M. J., Allison, J. T., and Papalambros, P. Y., 2009, “Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Decomposition-Based Design Optimization”, 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary, LNEC, Lisbon, Portugal, June 1.
  8. Alexander, M. J., Kokkolaras, M., and Papalambros, P. Y., 2009, “Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Vehicle System Optimization”, 15th Automotive Research Center (ARC) Conference, Four Points by Sheraton, Ann Arbor, MI, May 13.
  9. Alexander, M., Kokkolaras, M., Han, J., and Papalambros, P., 2008, “Reduced Representations of Vector-Valued Coupling Variables in Vehicle System Optimization”, Automotive Research Center (ARC) Seminar: Thrust Area V, Lurie Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, October 15.