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James Barber

James Barber

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

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3440 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (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.

Research Areas

Mechanics & Materials, Mobility Automotive & Transportation

Honors & 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

Related News

Special issue of IJSS published in honor of U-M ME professor's 80th birthday
Jim Barber is held with the utmost esteem by his colleagues across the world. The quality of his work, his collegiality, and his earnest devotion to his field are among the many praises sung by the contributors to a special issue of the International Journal of Solids and Structures (IJSS).

Barber receives 2017 ASME Mayo D Hersey Award
The award is "given in recognition of distinguished and continued contribution over a substantial period of time to the advancement of lubrication science and engineering"

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

Barber receives ASME 2015 Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award
The Award is given to an outstanding individual for significant contributions in the practice of engineering mechanics; contributions may result from innovation, research, design, leadership or education

Computer Code by Jihun Kim to be included in Elastix
PhD student Jihun Kim wrote computer code that caught the eye of popular open software toolbox for medical image processing, Elastix. The code will prevent the unrealistic deformation in rigid bodies in deformable registration of medical diagnostic images

Barber to be recipient of 2012 TAA "Texty" Textbook Excellence Award
Professor Barber is recognized for his textbook, "Intermediate Mechanics of Materials," 2nd Edition

Barber to receive the Jon and Beverly Holt Professorship in Engineering
After over 30 years of exemplary service, Professor Jim Barber will be honored with the Jon and Beverly Holt professorship in Engineering for the exemplary service and leadership he has provided to the university and to the technical community.

Spotlight on a Department Benefactor: Alexander Azarkhin
A lifetime of achievement and contribution to the field of engineering define the man behind the Alexander Azarkhin Scholarship.

Barber Receives ASEE Award
For his excellence in engineering education, ME Professor James Barber has been honored with the 2010 Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award.

Third Edition of Barber's Book Published

Daniel C. Drucker Medal Awarded to Barber

Barber Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor