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Dawn Tilbury Appointed CoE Associate Dean for Research



The College of Engineering Executive Committee has appointed Professor Dawn Tilbury as the next Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education (ADRGE).

Tilbury, a professor of both Mechanical Engineering and EECS, will begin her term as ADRGE this coming August 1st. She will be succeeding Alec Gallimore, who has recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering David C. Munson, Jr. has made the decision to split the ADRGE office into two sections, which mirrors its past arrangement. The office will be split between that of the Associate Dean for Research and that of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Tilbury will assume the role of Associate Dean for Research, while Professor Jennifer Linderman will become Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

The ADRGE is primarily responsible for overseeing the College of Engineering’s research efforts. The office organizes and supports the CoE’s research community by notifying both students and faculty of new research opportunities, encouraging collaborations in research projects, and by helping to partner University members with external collaborators and corporations that may facilitate corresponding goals.

The office’s concentration lies with graduate students and research fellows, as it remains in charge of nineteen graduate programs and works toward preparing each student for a successful career in the field.

Tilbury, who has been teaching at the University since 1995, received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Later, she attended the University of California in Berkeley, where she received both her Masters and PhD in the EECS Department.

Her research spans various topics and destinations, which has resulted in both recognition and leadership positions with various organizations. From 2010 to 2011, Tilbury served as the Chair of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME. From 2011 to 2013, she held a position as the Deputy Director of the Automotive Research Center here at the University. In 2012, the Society of Women Engineers awarded her with the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. During the same year, Tilbury was also selected as fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Among other awards distributed by the University, Tilbury has recently received the Engineering Education Excellence Award based on her ability to provide both assistance and guidance to graduates, as well as to undergraduates.

Her research involves control theory and its diverse applications; logic control for manufacturing systems including diagnostics, fault handling, and recovery; modular control systems; networked control systems; performance management of computing systems; and web-based tutorials for controls education.

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