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Diann Brei

Diann Brei

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


1320 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-6617


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1993
B.S.E., Computer Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, 1988

Research Interests

Design; smart materials and structures; sensor and actuator design; structural dynamics; vibration and noise control; mechatronics, smart mechanisms

Research Areas

Automotive & Future Transportation, Design, Mechatronics & Robotics

Honors & Awards

Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 2011
Dedicated Service Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2008
Best Paper (Enabling Technology and Integrated Systems Symposium), SMASIS, 2008
Hartwell Award (team with D. Teielbaurm and J. Luntz), 2008
Best Paper, ICAST, 2008
MEAM Teaching Incentive Award
Michigan Road Scholar, 2005
National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering, 2003 and 2004 (organizer)
National Multiple Scierosis Society Da Vinci Award,, 2003
Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering, 2001
Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2000
Career Development Award, 1999
Fellowship Program, Sloan Pre-Tenure Leave, 1999
Summer Faculty Research Program, US Navy-American Society for Engineering Education, 1996
Professor of Winter Term, Pi Tau Sigma, Winter 1995
Junior Faculty Fellowship, General Electric, 1995

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Diann Brei selected to receive 2022 ASME Machine Design Award
Diann Brei, UM Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chair of Integrative Systems + Design (ISD), was selected to receive the 2022 ASME Machine Design Award.

Diann Brei receives the 2019 SSM Lifetime Achievement Award
Brei to receive the award at the SPIE Smart Structures+Nondestructive Evaluation conference.

Brei honored with ASME 2018 Adaptive Structures & Materials Award
Brei presented at the ASME 2018 "Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures & Intelligent Systems" this past September in Texas.

Diann Brei named next Integrative Systems + Design (ISD) Chair
Dr. Diann Brei has been named the new chair of the Integrative Systems + Design, division effective July 19, 2018.

Brei receives ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award
This award recognizes significant contributions to the sciences and technologies associated with adaptive structures and/or materials systems.

Brei selected to receive Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award
The Rackham Master's Mentoring Awards recognize faculty from any discipline who are outstanding mentors to master’s students, particularly for those in programs for which the master’s is the terminal degree.

Professor Diann Brei featured in ASME Video
Brei discusses new malleable alloys used in air and motor vehicles, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of mechanical engineering

Brei receives 2011 ASME Dedicated Service Award
This award honors unusual dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness

Brei Named ASME Fellow
The Fellow Grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession

ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards
Seven ME faculty have been honored with 2011 College of Engineering Awards.

Im & Brei Elected AIAA Associate Fellows

Two ME Professors selected for 2002 Outstanding Faculty Awards