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Daniel Kawano

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Daniel Kawano specializes in dynamics and vibration analysis. His research and academic interests include modeling, analysis, simulation, and testing of dynamical systems; decoupling of linear dynamical systems; and experimental modal analysis. Dr. Kawano is co-author of the text Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics and the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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