Extended Bio

Noel Perkins is the Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He earned his PhD at U. C. Berkeley in 1986 (Mechanical Engineering) prior to completing a year of postdoctoral studies at the Sound and Vibration Institute (University of Southampton) in England. His research interests draw from the fields of computational and nonlinear dynamics with applications to wireless inertial sensors for human motion analysis, the mechanics of single molecule DNA and DNA/protein complexes, and structural dynamics. His research program has been supported by numerous contracts, grants and awards from industry, government agencies, foundations and universities. 

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Dr. Perkins is a past Editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and serves or has served in editorial capacities for Sensors, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Journal of Vibration and Control, Sports Engineering, International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics, and Journal of Sound and Vibration. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a recipient of the ASME Leonardo diVinci Award, the ASME N. O. Myklestad Award, the General Motors Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award, the Academic Challenge Award from the Technical University of Munich, the Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award, and several other teaching awards from the University of Michigan.  He is also co-founder of Cast Analysis LLC, a company that produces a sensor technology to teach fly casting for the sport of fly fishing.

Courses Taught

Eng 100 Introduction to Engineering


ME240 Introduction to Dynamics and Vibrations


ME440 Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations


ME450 Design and Manufacturing III


ME541 Mechanical Vibrations


ME548 Nonlinear Oscillations and Stability

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