Brian P Mann

Brian Mann

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 238 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5310
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • D.Sc. Washington University, 2003
  • M.S. Washington University, 1999
  • B.S. University of Missouri at Columbia, 1996

Research Interests

Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques. Fundamental investigations of phenomenon and application areas where dynamical systems theory plays an important role.


Structural Engineering
Chaos, Dynamics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Adaptive Structures
Alternative Energy
Nonlinear Systems

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • ASME Elected Fellow. ASME. 2013
  • Philip E Doak Award . Journal of Sound and Vibration. 2013
  • ONR Young Investigator Program Award. Office of Naval Research. 2008
  • SAE Ralph Teetor Award. Society of Automotive Engineers. 2007
  • NSF CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2003

Courses Taught

  • EGR 244L: Dynamics
  • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Mazzoleni, MJ; Battaglini, CL; Martin, KJ; Coffman, EM; Mann, BP, Modeling and predicting heart rate dynamics across a broad range of transient exercise intensities during cycling, Sports Engineering, vol 19 no. 2 (2016), pp. 117-127 [10.1007/s12283-015-0193-3] [abs].
  • Land, S; McGuire, P; Bumb, N; Mann, BP; Yellen, BB, Electromagnetic braking revisited with a magnetic point dipole model, American journal of physics, vol 84 no. 4 (2016), pp. 257-262 [10.1119/1.4941099] [abs].
  • Mazzoleni, MJ; Bernard, BP; Garraud, N; Arnold, DP; Mann, BP, Theoretical and experimental analysis of bifurcation induced passive bandgap reconfiguration, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, vol 1 (2016), pp. 155-162 [10.1007/978-3-319-15221-9_13] [abs].
  • Gourc, E; Seguy, S; Michon, G; Berlioz, A; Mann, BP, Quenching chatter instability in turning process with a vibro-impact nonlinear energy sink, Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol 355 (2015), pp. 392-406 [10.1016/j.jsv.2015.06.025] [abs].
  • Carroll, RE; Garraud, N; Little, JA; Mazzoleni, MJ; Mann, BP; Arnold, DP, Investigation of wave propagation phenomena in microfabricated arrays of nonlinearly coupled oscillators, 2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015 (2015), pp. 1227-1230 [10.1109/TRANSDUCERS.2015.7181151] [abs].