Dawn Tilbury

Dawn Tilbury
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 936-2129


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California-Berkeley, 1994
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1992
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1989

Research Interests

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

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Society of Women Engineers, 2012
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2012
Service Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2009
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2008
Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Outstanding Young Leader Award, University of California, Berkeley, Engineering Alumni Society, 2003
Dynamic and Controls Division Award for her Controls Tutorials in MATLAB, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003
Teaching Incentive Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2003
Dynamic Systems and Control Division Education Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003
Senior Member, International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 2002
Best Paper Award, Network, Operations, and Management Symposium International Conference, April 2002
Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
Teaching Incentive Award (ME 360), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000, 2001, 2003
Donald P. Eckman Award, American Automatic Control Council, 2001
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 1998
Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1998
Medal, Educom, 1997
Best Paper in Session Award, ASEE Conference, June 1997
Best Presentation in Session Award, American Control Conference, June 1997
Undergraduate Computation Engineering and Science Education Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 1995
Eliahu Jury Award, for outstanding research in the area of Systems, Communications, Control, or Signal Processing, EECS Department, UC Berkeley, 1994
Demetri Angelakos Memorial Award, in recognition of altruistic assistance afforded fellow graduate students, EECS Department, UC Berkeley, 1992
AT&T PhD Fellowship, 1991-1995

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

U-M mechanical engineering professor, Dawn Tilbury, honored with the 2021 Sarah Goddard Power Award

Dawn Tilbury and co-authors' of an SAE paper selected as one of the best 2019 papers in the SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles and has been chosen to receive the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award.

The 2020 Leadership in Engineering Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences has been awarded to Dawn Tilbury.

NSF’s Directorate for Engineering is charged with supporting engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future and fostering innovations to benefit society

These faculty are Dawn Tilbury (Chair of the Engineering's Steering Committee on Advanced Manufacturing), Steve Ceccio (Associate Dean for Research), Jing Sun (Chair of NAME)