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David Dowling

David Dowling

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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2019 AL
1231 Beal, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 936-0423


Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1988
M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 1983
B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1982

Research Interests

Underwater acoustics, hydrodynamics, hydro-acoustics, structural acoustics

Research Areas

Dynamics & Vibrations, Fluids

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010
  • Education Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2009
  • 2007 Student Council Mentoring Award, Acoustical Society of America, 2007
  • Gold Medal, Men's 40-44 200-yd Butterfly, MI Masters Swimming Championships, April 2005
  • Silver Medal, Men's 40-44 500-yd Freestyle, MI Masters Swimming Championships, April 2005
  • Bronze Medal, Men's 40-44 200-yd Butterfly, MI Masters Swimming Championships, March 2004
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 2002
  • Outstanding Achievement Award (AY 2000 - 2001 $1500), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000-2001
  • Fellowship ($2000 stipend), A.R.C.S., 1983-1984
  • Fellowship ($7500 for tuition & $5000 stipend), W.F. Marlar Memorial, 1982-1983

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

David Dowling receives the ASME Per Bruel Gold Medal for Noise Control and Acoustics
Mechanical Engineering professor, David Dowling, receives an ASME award in noise control and acoustics. 

David Dowling elected member of Executive Council of the Acoustical Society of America
The Acoustical Society of America has elected David Dowling one of their newest executive council members. 

Mining soundwaves: Researchers unlock new data in sonar signals
Acoustic fields are unexpectedly richer in information than is typically thought.

Worthmann Wins First Place Award at the "Gallery of Acoustics" Competition
ME Professor David Dowling's graduate student Brian Worthmann was honored with a first place award at the "Gallery of Acoustics" competition at the 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Boston this past June.

Flynn awarded 2016 NDSEG Fellowship
Flynn is a second year Mechanical Engineering PhD student working with ME Professor David Dowling

Mookerjee Wins Second Place Best Paper Award for Acoustics Research
Adaleena Mookerjee presented her research paper on acoustical oceanography this past May at an ASA conference and has since been selected to receive a Second Place Best Paper Award.

Dowling's Impact Crater Experiment Featured in the American Association of Physics Teachers' Journal
Professor David Dowling and his son have turned a simple high school science fair experiment into a further reaching success, as the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Journal has chosen to publish the experimental procedure and its implications in

Dowling and Schultz elected Fellows of the American Physical Society
Election to APS Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers

Fifth Edition of Fluid Mechanics revised and updated by Dowling
The textbook guides students from the fundamentals to the analysis and application of fluid mechanics

Dowling Elected ASME Fellow
ME Professor David Dowling is internationally recognized for contributions to the fields of acoustics and fluid mechanics.

Dowling Appointed Chair of AAAC

Abadi Receives Best Student Paper Award

Dowling to Co-Author Fluid Mechanics Textbook

Dowling Receives Outstanding Professor Award

David Dowling Receives the 2007 ASA Student Council Mentoring Award