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Diann Brei

Diann Brei

Professor, Mechanical Engineering


1320 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
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

Design, Mechatronics & Robotics, Mobility Automotive & Transportation

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