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James Barber

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James Barber

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Jon R. & Beverly S. Holt Professor, College of Engineering
3440 GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)
2350 Hayward
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125
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Phone: (734) 936-0406
Fax: 734647-3170

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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.

Major Funding Sources

National Science Foundation; TRW; Ford; Raybestos

Honors and 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

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2015 - Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015


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