Huei Peng, Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Huei Peng received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He is now a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Between 2016 and 2021, he served as the Director of Mcity, which studies connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and promotes their deployment. His research interests include adaptive control and optimal control, with emphasis on their applications to vehicular and transportation systems. His current research focuses include design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected/automated vehicles.

In the last 10 years, he was involved in the design of several military and civilian concept vehicles, including FTTS, FMTV, Eaton/Fedex, and Super-HUMMWV—for both electric and hydraulic hybrid concepts. He served as the US Director of the DOE sponsored Clean Energy Research Center—Clean Vehicle Consortium, which supports more than 30 research projects related to the development of clean vehicles.  

He has served as the PI or co-PI of more than 65 research projects, with a total funding of more than 70 million dollars. He has more than 300 technical publications, including 150 in referred journals and transactions and four books. His h-index is 89 according to the Google scholar analysis.  The total number of citations to his work is more than 30,000.  According to, he is among the 25 Top Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Scientists in United States. He believes in setting high expectation and helping students to exceed it by selecting innovative research topics with high impact.  One of his proudest achievements is that more than half of his Ph.D. students have each published at least one paper cited more than 100 times.

Huei Peng has been an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is both an SAE fellow and an ASME Fellow

Degrees Earned:

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1988
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1984

Prior Positions:

Honors and Awards:

  • Rufus Oldenburger Medal, ASME, 2019
  • Yasundo Takahashi Education Award, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division, 2019
  • Nyquist Lecture Speaker, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2018
  • Best Paper Award, 14th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control, 2018
  • Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division, 2016
  • Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2015
  • UofM College of Engineering Vulcans Education Excellence Award, 2015
  • UofM College of Engineering David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award, 2014
  • Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2013
  • Best Paper Award, ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee – ACC 2013
  • Chang-Jiang Scholar, Tsinghua University, China, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, 10th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control, 2010
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, 7th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control, 2004
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 07/1998 – 06/2002