James Barber

James Barber
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Jon R. & Beverly S. Holt Professor, College of Engineering


3440 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
(734) 936-0406


Sc.D., Engineering, Cambridge University, 1992
Ph.D., Engineering, Cambridge University, 1968
M.A., Cambridge University, 1967
B.A., Mechanical Sciences, Cambridge University, 1963

Research Interests

Solid mechanics including thermoelasticity; elasticity; solidification; contact mechanics; tribology; elastodynamics, fracture; stability of thermoelastic contact; friction, contact of rough surfaces.

Honors and Awards

Textbook Excellence Award, Text and Academic Authors, 2012
Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award, The American Society for Engineering Education, 2010
Daniel C. Drucker Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009
Invited General Lecturer, 6th International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis, Bath, UK, Institute of Physics, 2006
Chartered Engineer (U.K.)
Service Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2005
Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, 2005-
Invited Keynote Lecturer, W.E. Heraeus International Workshop on Contact and Fracture Problems, Bad Honneff, Germany, 2002
Invited General Lecturer, 3rd Contact Mechanics International Symposium, Peniche, Portugal, 2001
Invited Lecturer, 11th IUTAM Summer School on Friction and Instabilities, Udine, Italy, 2000
Professor of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, Fall 2000
Invited Plenary Lecturer, Colloquium on Friction Materials and Braking Systems, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1999
Invited General Lecturer, Thermal Stresses 1999, Cracow, 1999
Research Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
A.F. Davis Silver Medal, American Welding Society, 1998
Invited Plenary Lecturer, Italian Association for Stress Analysis, 1997
Departmental Research Award, 1997
Departmental Service Award, 1995
Sc.D. (Cambridge), 1992
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London), 1989

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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