Clarence “Kelly” Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chair
Daniel J. Inman, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1980, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; 1975, MAT in Physics; 1970, B.S. (Grand Valley State College) in Physics) is Kelly Johnson Collegiate Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Formerly he was the Director of the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the G.R. Goodson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and is the Brunel Chair in Intelligent Materials and Structures at the University of Bristol, UK. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. A former Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, he has held adjunct positions in the Division of Applied Math at Brown University and in math at the University of Southern California.
Since 1980, he has published 8 books (on vibration, control, statics, dynamics and energy harvesting), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, 350 journal papers and 600 proceedings papers, given 63 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 62 Ph.D. students and supervised more than 75 MS degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). He was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1984-1989). He is currently Technical Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1999-2004), Technical Editor of the Shock and Vibration Digest (1998-2001), and Technical Editor of the journal Shock and Vibration (1999-2004). He has served as Technical Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1990-1999), and as Associate Editor of the following: ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (1986-89), ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics (1988-94), Mechanics of Machines and Structures (1986-98), International Journal of Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis (1986-1990) and Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1992-1999) and Smart Materials and Structures (1991-2001). He has given numerous short courses in the smart structures and controls area for ASME and SPIE, including an ASME Satellite Broadcast short course on the fundamentals of smart structures.
Since 1980, he has directed or been Co-Principal Investigator on a variety of external research projects through the University of Michigan, Virginia Tech, SUNY-Buffalo, Brown University and the University of Southern California. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science and the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Army Research Office, Division Review Committee and the Weapons Engineering and Manufacturing Review Committee for Los Alamos National Laboratories. He won the ASME Adaptive Structures Award (2000), the ASME/AIAA SDM Best Paper Award (2001), SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Life Time Achievement Award (2003), the 2007 ASME/Boeing Best Paper by the ASME Aerospace Division’s Structures and Materials Committee, the ASME Den Hartog Award for lifetime achievement in teaching and research in vibration (2007), the Lifetime Achievement Award in Structural Health Monitoring (2009), the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award (2014) and the 2015 Rayleigh Lecture award (ASME Noise Control and Acoustics Division).