Thomas Griffin

Mechanical Engineering Supervisor


1216D François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140


Start date at U-M: November 1984

Hometown: Belleville, Michigan

Favorite place or activity in Ann Arbor: Advice for new students: Staff are human, please feel free to talk with them!

Favorite quote: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.”

Favorite free time activities or hobbies: Hiking, gardening and model railroading.


  • Plan, coordinate and supervise the technical support functions for instructional and research laboratories.
  • Provide supervisory guidance and direction to diverse technical support team.
  • Manage and oversees academic and research facilities maintenance and renovation projects.
  • Establish and maintain standards of laboratory and personal safety, ensures laboratories are
  • OSHA compliant, co-chair Aero Safety Committee.
  • Administer technical center budget, instructional lab budget, order equipment and supplies, maintain technicians timekeeping and payroll.
  • Manage and coordinate emergency response team; plan and direct fire and severe weather drills, certified hazardous materials technician, coordinates packaging and disposal of hazardous materials; administers spill prevention control and countermeasures plan.
  • Maintains department’s radio communication network and voice landlines. Controls facilities exterior card readers and point entry software.