Professor Bogdan Epureanu has received a 2017 Faculty Recognition Award. Faculty Recognition Awards are intended for faculty early in their careers who have demonstrated substantive contributions to the university through achievements in scholarly research or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, adviser and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities of the university.
Epureanu blends novel research methods and theory in linear and nonlinear dynamics from the nano- to macro-scale. His models and algorithms have enhanced the understanding and functioning of biological and epidemiological systems, aerospace and automotive structures, and turbomachinery.
Epureanu, who earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Duke University, has directed the Applied Nonlinear Dynamics of Multi-Scale Systems Lab since joining the U-M faculty in 2002.
With his team, he has created mechano-chemical models of nanoscale intracellular transport processes, developed highly-sensitive diagnosis and monitoring techniques, and discovered ways to forecast tipping points in ecological and other complex systems. He has developed models of multiphysics systems such as lithium-ion batteries and created advanced system identification and control methodologies for smart structures. Epureanu holds four patents and has published 118 journal papers and 152 conference papers.
Ranked by students as one of mechanical engineering’s top professors, Epureanu is founding program director of U-M’s new Master’s of Engineering in Systems Engineering and Design program. He has advised or co-advised 31 master degree and 26 doctoral students and has supervised the research of 62 undergraduates. Epureanu founded the Forecasting Club, a student group that works to reduce the risk of catastrophic events such as malaria epidemics.
His service record includes chairing American Society of Mechanical Engineering committees, co-chairing the 2017 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, and serving as associate editor of the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. He also is founding president of the Michigan chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering.
Epureanu is an ASME fellow and the recipient of numerous honors, including the College of Engineering John F. Ullrich Education Excellence Award and 1938E Award, the American Society for Engineering Education Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, and a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. He is also the associate chair of the Department of Integrative Systems and Design.