Mechanical Engineering Professor Earns National Distinction

Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Daniel Kawano

Award-Winning Professor: Daniel Kawano has been recognized nationally as a professor who has demonstrated "exceptional contributions to mechanics education" in his first five years of teaching.

His engineering college professors left such favorable impressions on Daniel Kawano that he decided to become an educator himself.

"I like helping students, especially undergraduates, understand complicated principles and then apply those lessons in a hands-on environment," says the assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who is an expert on vibrations and dynamical systems modeling and simulation.

"I know how important good teaching can be," he says.

Kawano is well on his way toward achieving the status of his inspiring educators. This summer he received the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the Mechanics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes professors in their first five years of teaching who demonstrate "exceptional contributions to mechanics education."

In nominating Kawano for the prestigious national award, mechanical engineering professor Phillip Cornwell called Kawano "an outstanding young faculty member and colleague, who has a passion and gift for teaching mechanics courses."

Kawano has collaborated with one of his former professors, Benson Tongue of University of California-Berkeley, to co-author the forthcoming textbook "Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics."

He also has been advisor to Rose-Hulman's 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.

"I appreciate the opportunity to work with students in any setting-the classroom, the Branam Innovation Center or the race track (Grand Prix racing)," Kawano says. "It's great seeing the students working together for a common goal."

Kawano's technical expertise is in vibrations and dynamical systems modeling and simulation, and he teaches courses at Rose-Hulman in these areas. Away from campus, he has been a consultant for ASYST Technologies, LLC, and his research focuses on exact decoupling of linear dynamical systems and experimental model analysis.