ME Professor Jim Barber will be receiving the Jon and Beverly Holt Professorship in Engineering in recognition of his outstanding career accomplishments and his exemplary service and leadership at the University of Michigan and the technical community. With an impeccable record as a scholar and educator, Professor Barber has made exceptional contributions to teaching and has demonstrated a strong commitment to students. He is an excellent teacher and mentor, and his textbooks are used worldwide. Because of his hard work and dedication to all aspects of education, Jim has been recognized with the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship at U-M, as well as the ASEE Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award.
In research, Professor Barber is a world renowned scholar and a leading authority in thermoelasticity and contact mechanics. He has made seminal research contributions to his field and has been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards, such as the ASME Daniel C. Drucker Medal, one of the highest honors in the discipline of solid mechanics. In terms of service, Professor Barber has served the University of Michigan and the technical community with distinction.