PI: Professor Evgueni T. Filipov

I am an Assistant Professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. My research interests lie in the field of deployable, reconfigurable, and adaptable structures. Folding and adaptable structures based on the principles of origami can have practical applications ranging in scale and discipline from biomedical robotics to deployable architecture. I am interested in exploring the fundamental mechanics of these thin sheet systems and creating analytical tools that can simulate mechanical and multi-physical phenomena in such structures. I teach the CEE 212 Solid and Structural Mechanics, CEE 511 Structural Dynamics, and the CEE 501 Deployable and Reconfigurable Structures Courses in the department. 

More detailed information on my researchpublicationsteaching, and research group.

My brief biographical information is below, and a CV is available here



Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Thesis: Tailoring Stiffness of Deployable Origami Structures
Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Thesis: Nonlinear Seismic Analysis of Quasi-Isolation Systems for Earthquake Protection of Bridges
B.S. Civil Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY 2009


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
University of Michigan
2017 – present


Awards, Honors and Fellowships

National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2020
UM Nominee for Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2019
DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)  2018
UM Nominee for Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Inventors Fellowship 2018
ZF Automotive Award 2018
ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellowship 2017
National Academy of Sciences 2015 Cozzarelli Prize 2015
CEE Ph.D. Professional Development and Mentoring Certificate, UIUC 2015
National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Fellowship 2014
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) – Visiting Scholar Fellowship 2014
National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 2010 – 2015
Mavis Future Faculty Fellows Award, UIUC (Awarded Twice) 2012 & 2013
Graduate Teacher Certificate – Center for Teaching Excellence, UIUC 2013
Structural Engineers Foundation Scholarship, Chicago, IL 2010 – 2011
Page Fellowship, Karol Fellowship and Sargent & Lundy Fellowship, UIUC 2009 – 2010
Howard N. Blitman P.E. Patroon Scholar, RPI 2005 – 2009
Alumni Scholarship, RPI 2005 – 2009


Professional Memberships

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2017
American Physical Society (APS) 2014
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2006
Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honor Society 2008
Society of Engineering Science (SES) 2016
Tau Beta Pi – National Engineering Honor Society 2009