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Daniel Kawano

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Daniel Kawano is an expert in vibrations and dynamical systems modeling and simulation. He has been a consultant for Asyst Technologies, Inc., and his research focuses on exact decoupling of linear dynamical systems and experimental model analysis. Dr. Kawando advises the Society of Automotive Engineers' Grand Prix Engineering competition team, which has earned honors for designing and building new formula-style race cars for annual racing collegiate competitions. Check out his personal web page.

Teaching Interests

  • Statics and dynamics
  • Vibration
  • System dynamics and control
  • Computer programming

Research Experiences

  • Exact decoupling of linear dynamical systems
  • Modeling, analysis, and simulation of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Kawano, D. T., “Advances in Decoupling,” (Invited Presentation) ME-EM Graduate Seminar Series, Michigan Technological University, 2014
  • Kawano, D. T. and Tongue, B. H., “Video-Based Online Learning: The Other Side of the Looking Glass,” American Society of Engineering Education Conference, 2014
  • Kawano, D. T., Morzfeld, M. and Ma, F. “The Decoupling of Second-Order Linear Systems with a Singular Mass Matrix,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 332, 6,829-6,846, 2013
  • Morzfeld, M., Kawano, D. T. and Ma, F., “Characterization of Damped Linear Dynamical Systems in Free Motion,” Numerical Algebra, Control and Optimization, Vol. 3(1), 49-62, 2013
  • Kawano, D. T., Morzfeld, M. and Ma, F., “The Decoupling of Defective Linear Dynamical Systems in Free Motion,” Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 330, 5,165-5,183, 2011
  • Kawano, D. T., “On Modeling and Simulation of Tethered Systems with Sharp, Rough Contacts,” Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, Vol. 16, 550-565, 2011
  • Jusufi, A., Kawano, D. T., Libby, T. and Full, R. J., “Righting and Turning in Mid-Air Using Appendage Inertia: Reptile Tails, Analytical Models and Bio-Inspired Robots,” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol. 5(4), 2010

Awards & Honors

  • Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator, American Society of Engineering Education͛s Mechanics Division 2016

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • BS, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2006