Daniel J. Inman
Harm Buning Collegiate Professor of Aerospace
3056 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140
Michigan State University
PhD Mechanical Engineering ’80
MAT Physics ’75
Grand Valley College
BS Physics ’70
AEROSP 215 Introduction to Aerospace Structures
Applying smart materials and structures to solve aerospace engineering problems including energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, vibration suppression and avian inspired morphing aircraft (non rotary UAVs)
- National Institute of Aerospace: Fellow
- American Academy of Mechanics: Fellow
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: Fellow
- International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration: Fellow
- Society of Experimental Mechanics: Fellow
- Society of Engineering Science
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow
Daniel J. Inman, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1980, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; 1975, MAT in Physics; 1970, B.S. in Physics) is the Harm Buning Collegiate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Formerly he was the Director of the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the G.R. Goodson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. A former Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, he has held adjunct or visiting positions in the Division of Applied Math at Brown University, in Aerospace at the University of Bristol, UK, at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and in math at the University of Southern California. Since 1980, he has published 9 books (on energy harvesting, vibration, control, statics, and dynamics), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, over 410 journal papers and 674 proceedings papers, given 78 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 68 Ph.D. students, and supervised more than 75 MS degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). He is currently Technical Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1999-present), Technical Editor of the Shock and Vibration Digest (1998-2001), and Technical Editor of the journal Shock and Vibration (1999-present). He won the ASME Adaptive Structures Award in April 2000, the ASME/AIAA SDM Best Paper Award in April 2001, SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award in March of 2003, and the 2007 ASME/Boeing Best Paper by the ASME Aerospace Division’s Structures and Materials Committee. In September 2007, he received the ASME Den Hartog Award for lifetime achievement in teaching and research in vibration and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award in Structural Health Monitoring.
- The 2021 JS Rao Medal in Vibration Engineering, Awarded December 2021.
- The ASME 2015 Rayleigh Lecture Award, ASME Noise Control and Acoustics Division, August 2015.
- The AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award, January 2014
- Honorary Professorship, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, awarded October 2009
- The 2009 Structural Health Monitoring Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded September 2009
- The 2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Virginia Tech, awarded April 2009
- The Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, Michigan State University, awarded May 2008
- The 2008 ASME/Boeing Structural Materials Best Paper Award, awarded April 2008
- The 2007 ASME J. P. Den Hartog Medal, awarded September 2007
- The 2007 ASME Best Paper Award in Structural Dynamics and Control, awarded March 2007
- The 2007 DeMichele Award of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, awarded February 2007
- The “Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship” from the University of Bristol, UK, for visiting during AY 2004-05 and lecturing on smart structures, awarded May 2004
- The SPIE 2003 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded March 2003 The 2002 H. C. Pusey Best Paper Award, awarded November 2002
- The 2002 President’s Award for Research Excellence (Virginia Tech), awarded September 2002
- The 2001 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Virginia Tech), awarded May 2001
- ASME AIAA SDM Best Paper Award, awarded April 2001
- The ASME/Boeing Structural Materials Best Paper Award, awarded April 2000
- ASME 2000 Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize, awarded April 2000
- ASME Distinguished Lecturer, 1995-2004 Fellow of the National Institute of Aerospace, awarded 2004
- Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, awarded 2002
- Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), awarded 1999
- Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, awarded 1997
- Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, awarded 1990
- Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics, awarded 2016
- Presidential Young Investigator, 1984-1989 (awarded by President Ronald Reagan and administered by the National Science Foundation)
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