Michael J. Seelinger


Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

In the fall of 2009, Michael Seelinger joined Notre Dame’s faculty as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He became an Associate Teaching Professor in 2014. Since 2009 he has taught the Mechanics I & II sequence required by all sophomore aerospace and mechanical engineering students the size of which has varied between 100–200 students. In 2014 he began teaching sections of the Introduction to Engineering Systems I & II for first year students. Typically these sections have had enrollment of approximately 45 students.

Michael earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1994, 1997, and 1999. His research interests include vision-guided robotics, motion control, machine vision, and space exploration robots. About the time he completed his Ph.D. he joined Yoder Software, Inc. as vice president and co-owner. Through SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contracts he has worked with NASA-JPL on the development of visual control software for the Mars Rovers program. He is an inventor on 14 patents.

From 2002–2006 Michael was on the faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  During this time he taught a variety of junior and senior level courses in mechanical design, manufacturing, and quality control.  He was a Senior Design Course Coordinator from 2005-2006 during which time he organized and directed a number of capstone design projects.

Over the course of his teaching career Michael has earned a number of accolades for excellence in teaching.  During his time at Notre Dame he has been awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award (2016), the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015), and the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year Award (2016, 2012). While at the University of Illinois he was named to the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students” six times.

Contact Information
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
E-mail: ame@nd.edu