Vermillion, Chris


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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering 


Chris Vermillion is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and is the director of the Control and Optimization for Renewables and Energy Efficiency (CORE) Lab. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2009, prior to serving as the Lead Engineer for Altaeros, Inc., an early-stage company pioneering lighter-than-air autonomous systems for energy harvesting, communications, and surveillance. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Vermillion served as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an Associate Professor at NC State. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Maxheim Faculty Fellow, Undergraduate Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and Edge Award for marine renewable energy research. Vermillion's research areas include the optimization and control of energy-harvesting airborne and underwater kites, sustainably powered mobile robotic systems, and energy-efficient connected and autonomous vehicles.