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Noel Perkins

Noel Perkins

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering

Perkins Research Group


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, 1986
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, 1984
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, 1982

Research Interests

Dynamics including vibration and stability, nonlinear dynamics, experimental methods. Applications to nonlinear dynamics of elastic cables, nonlinear fluid-structure interaction, DNA supercoiling, sports engineering, MEMS inertial sensor applications, vehicle systems, axially moving materials.

Honors & Awards

  • N.O. Myklestad Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
  • Engineering Translational Research Fund Award, 2009
  • Academic Challenge Award (for invention of fly casting analyzer), Technical University of Munich and ISPO, 2005
  • Professor of the Term, Pi Tau Sigma, 1989, 1992, 2003
  • Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award, The University of Michigan, October 2002
  • Applied Mechanics Division, Certificate of Appreciation (Six Years of Service as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Mechanics), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, November 22, 2002
  • The GM Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award for 2001, GM Technical Education Program, September 26, 2002
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2000
  • Award for Outstanding Accomplishment, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award (1st Recipient), College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000
  • Professor of the Year Award, College of Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, 2000
  • Faculty Recognition Award, The University of Michigan, 1993
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1989 - 1992
  • Senior Summer Faculty Fellowship, Office of Naval Research - American Society of Engineering Education, Summer Faculty Research Program, 1991
  • The College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 1990
  • Southeastern Michigan Section Young Engineer of the Year- Honorable Mention, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1990
  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1989
  • Exxon Education Foundation Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1988

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