Bill Schultz

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


2027 AL W.E. Auto Lab


(734) 936-0351


Additional Title(s)

  • Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Faculty Director, Ginsberg Center

Bill Schultz received his BSME and MSME from Purdue in 1974 and 1976. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern in 1982 after spending three years at Owens-Corning Fiberglas. After beginning his teaching career, he has spent the last 30 years in Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan. He finished a three-year term as the Program Director in Fluid Dynamics at the National Science Foundation, Engineering Directorate and a year as the Faculty Director of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. He is presently serving as the Immediate Past Chair of the Faculty Senate. He is a fellow of ASME and APS.


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1982, Applied Mathematics and Engineering Sciences
  • M.S., Purdue University, 1977, Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S., Purdue University, 1974, Mechanical Engineering with Cooperative Industrial Exp

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics including waves, computation, stability, asymptotics; steep and breaking waves; spectral method development; mechanics of fish swimming; saliva rheology and swallowing physics, fluid mechanics of industrial processes including laser and arc welding, coating and mixing, and tribology.


  • Service Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2007
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Ginsberg Center Community Service & Social Action, 2004
  • Distinguished Faculty Governance Award, The University of Michigan, 2004
  • Departmental Teaching Award, The University of Michigan, 2000, 2002
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2000
  • Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt, 1991
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1987
  • Research Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1985
  • American Society for Engineering Education/Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow, 1983