Bravo, ISD!

Dr. Diann Brei, Dr. Bogdan Epureanu, and Dr. Kate Whitefoot Earn Awards at the 2022 ASME IDETC/CIE Conference in August

ISD was well represented during the ASME International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), Aug. 14-17, 2022, in St. Louis, MO.

Three individuals with ISD connections earned major awards:

  • Professor Diann Brei was recognized with the 2022 ASME Machine Design Award “for outstanding contributions in novel device design and for supporting engineering science, as well as for mentoring and building communities in the field of smart materials and structures.” Dr. Brei, who is the ISD Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the first woman to receive this honor. A formal presentation of the award took place during the conference, where Dr. Brei gave a brief speech thanking event organizers and her mentors. In her remarks, she also talked about the challenges she faced during her career, including being a woman in a male-dominated field and the need to get certification to work in a university machine shop. “I have always been passionate about the design of emerging technology and hope that love for mechanical engineering inspires others to design our future,” she said.
  • Professor Bogdan Epureanu was recognized for his “major innovative contributions to the Field of Vibration Engineering.” Dr. Epureanu is a former ISD Associate Chair. He is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Automotive Research Center, College of Engineering, University of Michigan.
  • Professor Kate Whitefoot was recognized for her “research at the intersection of Design Automation and Economics, Policy, and Transportation, with substantive contributions to the field of Design for Market Systems.” Dr. Whitefoot, who is the first ISD Design Program graduate, is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Congratulations Dr. Brei, Dr. Epureanu, and Dr. Whitefoot!