Volker Sick is the DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He leads the Global CO 2 Initiative at the University of Michigan that aims to reduce atmospheric CO 2 levels by transforming CO 2 into commercially successful products using technology assessment, technology development and commercialization. He is active in developing and applying imaging diagnostics for research in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and ophthalmology. His teaching focuses on experiential experiences in a laboratory course, the International Engineering Summer School at TU Berlin, and Techlab Climate Change. He received awards for teaching, research, and service, including the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, the Combustion Institute Silver Medal, and the SAE International Leadership Citation. He is a Fellow of SAE International and the
Combustion Institute. He earned several degrees from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, including Habilitation (Physical Chemistry, 1997), Dr. rer. nat. (Chemistry, 1992), and Diplom (Chemistry, 1988). He joined the University of Michigan as Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1997. At the University of Michigan, he served as Faculty Advisor to International Programs in Engineering from 2007-2012 and as Associate Vice President for Research from 2012-2018. He currently serves as the Director of the Global CO 2 Initiative.