Harry Dankowicz is professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics in 1991 and, subsequently, from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1995. Following a post-doctoral appointment at KTH between 1995 and 1999, he joined the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he remained until 2005.
Prof. Dankowicz is a recipient of several prestigious faculty career awards, including a Junior Investigator Grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, a CAREER award from the US National Science Foundation, a PECASE award from the US National Science Foundation, and the Fred Merryfield Design Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the ASME. He serves as Editor of Applied Mechanics Reviews and is the author of research monographs and textbooks on chaotic dynamics, multibody mechanics, and computational methods for nonlinear systems.
Prof. Dankowicz research interests fall at the intersection of engineering, math and physics. He seeks to contribute to the development and design of novel devices or methodologies that capitalize on system nonlinearities for improved understanding and performance. Recent work includes the analysis of robustness to time delay of adaptive control algorithms for robotic manipulators on moving platforms, emergent role differentiation in complex time-dependent networks, and nonlinear growth of atmospheric aerosol particles. He holds a patent on a method for self-calibration of mass flow sensors in harvest combines.