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Mark Schumack

Professor & Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Mark Schumack
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Engineering
Room: 216
Phone: (313) 993-3370
Dr. Mark Schumack
Areas of Expertise:
Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics
Energy Systems
Alternative Fuels
Computational Thermal/Fluid Modeling
Numerical Methods in Heat Transfer


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan


Dr. Schumack earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Prior to obtaining his graduate degrees, he worked as a design engineer for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company.  Since joining the University in 1991, he has taught a wide variety of engineering courses, executed numerous curricular projects in the thermal sciences and energy fields, and performed research and development work in automotive and energy areas.

Research Interests:

Thermal/fluid modeling using analytical and computational techniques, including applications in the automotive, HVAC, and alternative energy fields. 

Teaching Experience:

Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Energy Systems, HVAC, Statics, Mechanics of Materials, and Engineering Ethics.


M. Schumack, “The Question of Units: Bothersome Details or Keys to Understanding?” 2017 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.

M. Schumack, “A computational model for a rocket mass heater,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 93, 25 January 2016, Pages 763–778.

M. Schumack, “Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking in Engineering Thermodynamics,” Proceedings of the 2015 ASEE North Central Section Conference.

M. Schumack, S.J. Saiavoshani, and M. Benvenuto, “An Interdisciplinary Graduate Level Course in Battery Systems Engineering,”  Proceedings of ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability & 9th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, August 2011.

M. Schumack, S. Baker, M. Benvenuto, J. Graves, A. Haman, and D. Maggio, “Fueling the Car of Tomorrow,” The Science Teacher, vol. 77, no. 6, September 2010, pp. 52-57.  Also included as chapter 17 in the book, Fuel for Thought: Building Energy Awareness in Grades 9 – 12, edited by Steve Metz, National Science Teachers Association (2012).

M. Schumack, S. Bodke, M. Elahinia, and C. Schroeder, “A Virtual Laboratory for Understanding Hydraulic Hybrid Technology,” 2009 ASEE NCS Conference Proceedings, April 2009.

N. Dukhan, M. Schumack, and J. Daniels, “Service learning as pedagogy for promoting social awareness of mechanical engineering students,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, vol. 35, no. 1, January 2009, pp. 78-86.

M. Schumack, Robert Ross, Arthur Haman, Will Wittig, Tim Rourke, Krysten Dzwigalski, Meghann Mouyianis, David Chew, and Chris Keimig, “A Student-Centered Solar Photovoltaic Installation Project,” 2007 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.

Grants and Awards:

Engineering Teacher of the Year 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2015 (University of Detroit Mercy).

Arthur C. Haman Service Award (College of Engineering & Science), 2007.

Cornerstone Award (College of Engineering & Science), 2006.

Best Paper Award (3rd place), Energy Conversion and Conservation Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Conferences in 2005 and 2006.

Faculty Achievement Award (University of Detroit Mercy), 1997.

“An Automotive Thermal Systems Test Bench for Undergraduate Engineering Education,” Denso North America Foundation, 2015.  Amount: $50,000.

“Learning Energy Conservation through Performance of Energy Audits in the Course Energy & Society,” Ford Community Corps Partnerships service learning grant, with A. Rihana, January 2012 – April 2012.  Amount: $2500.

“Development of Energy and Society for Nontechnical Majors,” UDM Jesuit Associates Course Development Program, with P. Venugopal and A. Rihana, Summer 2010.  Amount: $3000.

“Development of an Automotive Alternative Fuels Module: ‘Fueling the Car of Tomorrow’,” funded by the Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center and Ford Motor Company, November 2006 – December 2008, with Mark Benvenuto, Stokes Baker, James Graves, Dan Maggio, and Art Haman.  Amount:  $63,000.

“Multipurpose Educational Modules to Teach Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicle Technologies,” funded by the Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center, November 2006 – December 2008, with Mohammad Elahinia (Principal Investigator) from the University of Toledo.  Amount:  $18,325 to Detroit Mercy.

“Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Project,” funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the State of Michigan Energy Office, August 2005 – July 2006, with Robert Ross, Arthur Haman, and Will Wittig.  Amount: $53,135.

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