Dr. Noel C.

Perkins, Ph.D.


Dr. Noel C. Perkins, Ph.D., earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. (1986) degrees at U. C. Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering prior to completing a year of postdoctoral studies at the Sound and Vibration Institute (University of Southampton) in England. Thereafter, he joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan where he was the Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in Mechanical Engineering.

He retired from the University of Michigan in 2021 and remains an emeritus professor of engineering. His research interests draw from the fields of computational and nonlinear dynamics with applications to the mechanics of single-molecule DNA and DNA/protein complexes, wireless sensors for human motion analysis, and engineering structural dynamics. Noel is a past Editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, and he 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.

Noel 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 a co-founder of Cast Analysis LLC, a company that produced a sensor technology for teaching fly casting for the sport of fly fishing. During retirement, Noel continues to teach engineers part-time at U. C. Berkeley while pursuing many other professional interests.