Daniel J. Inman

Harm Buning Collegiate Professor of Aerospace


3056 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140

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Michigan State University
PhD Mechanical Engineering ’80
MAT Physics ’75

Grand Valley College
BS Physics ’70


AEROSP 215 Introduction to Aerospace Structures

Research Interests

Applying smart materials and structures to solve aerospace engineering problems including energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, vibration suppression and avian inspired morphing aircraft (non rotary UAVs)

Professional Service


Daniel J. Inman, Ph.D., Michigan State University (1980, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; 1975, MAT in Physics; 1970, B.S. in Physics) is the Harm Buning Collegiate Professor and former 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.  A former Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, he has held adjunct or visiting positions in the Division of Applied Math at Brown University, in Aerospace at the University of Bristol, UK, at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and in math at the University of Southern California.  Since 1980, he has published 9 books (on energy harvesting, vibration, control, statics, and dynamics), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, over 410 journal papers and 674 proceedings papers, given 78 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 68 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), and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).  He is currently Technical Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (1999-present), Technical Editor of the Shock and Vibration Digest (1998-2001), and Technical Editor of the journal Shock and Vibration (1999-present).  He won the ASME Adaptive Structures Award in April 2000, the ASME/AIAA SDM Best Paper Award in April 2001, SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award in March of 2003, and the 2007 ASME/Boeing Best Paper by the ASME Aerospace Division’s Structures and Materials Committee. In September 2007, he received the ASME Den Hartog Award for lifetime achievement in teaching and research in vibration and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award in Structural Health Monitoring.


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Congratulations Michigan Aerospace PhD student, Christina Harvey, on being awarded a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship!

Third year Michigan Aerospace PhD student, Christina Harvey, has been awarded a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship to conduct research in the 2020–2021 academic year.

U-M Aerospace Engineering scholars win the ASME Best Paper award for their work on nanowire vibration-tamping study

PhD Candidates LoriAnne Groo and Kelsey Steinke, Harm Buning Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Daniel J Inman, and Professor of Aerospace Engineering Henry A Sodano have been awarded the prestigious Best Paper award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).