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Dawn Tilbury

Dawn Tilbury

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Robotics
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Herrick Professor of Engineering

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3248 FRB
2505 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (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.

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Honors & 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

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Related News

Robotics leader Dawn Tilbury elected to National Academy of Engineering
The organization underscored her work in manufacturing network control and human-robot interaction. Tilbury’s smart-manufacturing work includes digital twins, managing the health of manufacturing systems and reconfiguring such systems. The announcement also named human-robot teaming.

Dawn Tilbury receives ASME DSCD 2022 Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award
The award is given biennially by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained outstanding research contributions, either basic or applied, as a mechanical engineering professional to fields of interest to the DSCD.

Former NSF director becomes first chair of Michigan Engineering’s Robotics Department
Dawn Tilbury to lead department after laying blueprint for convergent robotics research at the College a decade ago.

Regents Approve New Titles of Three ME Professors
Shanna Daly, Dawn Tilbury, and Margaret Wooldridge receive new titles approved by the Regents.

Dawn Tilbury receives SAE award for Women Leaders
Tilbury is recognized for strong leadership both personally and professionally by SAE.

Tilbury joins OVPR to lead strategy on future communities

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

Tilbury SAE paper receives the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering 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.

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

Dawn Tilbury heads NSF Engineering Directorate
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

Three ME faculty assume leadership positions
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)

Cooperation and Control: A Systems Perspective
Improving the functionality of robotic and manufacturing systems "comes down to understanding your system and identifying a strategy for improving performance," says ME Assistant Professor Kira Barton, whose laboratory combines fundamental and experimental modeling and controls research, from multi-agent coordination to additive manufacturing

$50 Million Renovation Boasts Mechanical Engineering State-of-the-Art Student-Centric Education Facilities
Construction of the GG Brown Memorial Laboratories began in the summer of 2014 and is currently wrapping up.

Tilbury receives ESD Gold Award
Now in its 45th year, the Gold Award honors engineering leaders for outstanding technical contributions and dedication to the profession.

Dawn Tilbury Led and Chaired 2014 American Control Conference
The annual event, which welcomed more than 1,200 registrants from more than 40 countries, included a wide range of world-renowned engineering faculty, many of which spoke at the event

Tilbury selected for Michael J. Rabins Leadership Award
This award is given biennially by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME to a DSCD member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in leadership contributions to the DSCD, to ASME, and to fields of interest to the DSCD

Dawn Tilbury Appointed CoE Associate Dean for Research
Professor Tilbury has been selected by the CoE Executive Committee to assume the role of Associate Dean for Research, effective this coming August 1st, when the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education is scheduled to split

Tilbury receives SWE Distinguished Engineering Educator Award
This award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and has made significant contributions to the engineering profession

Tilbury and Im elected ASME Fellows
The ASME's Fellow Grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession

A New Breed of Robots That Drive Themselves
Thanks to advances in control systems, vehicles can carry out tasks without human guidance.

Doctoral Student Lindsay Allen Receives Best Conference Paper Award

Stefanopoulou, Tilbury Named IEEE Fellows

Two ME Professors selected for 2002 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Professor Dawn Tilbury Receives Best Paper Award

Dawn Tilbury becomes lead in the Office of the Vice President
Dawn Tilbury has joined the Office of the Vice President for Research to advance a new strategic endeavor that infuses social and technical expertise to address complex challenges facing future communities.