Chin-An Tan

Chin-An Tan

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

5050 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI 48202
Engineering Building
Room 2137
313-578-5932 (fax)

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Chin-An Tan


Professor Tan enjoys teaching and is dedicated to education. His research skills and interests are in the fields of structural dynamics, vibration, and control; systems analysis; and mechatronics (an interdisciplinary field specializing in the integration of mechanics, electronics, and information technology). Prof Tan has many years of experience working on research problems with applications to automotive engineering (disc brake dynamics, advanced manufacturing) and civil engineering (moving loads on bridges, structural health monitoring of bridges). His recent research interests include biomechanical energy harvesting and sensor applications for wireless health and physical therapy, and damping mechanisms for aerospace, marine, and biomedical applications. Details of research projects are found in the research page. Professor Tan is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College.


Ph.D.  Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

M.S.   Aeronautics, Caltech

B.S.    Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Courses Taught

Objectives and philosophy: (1) to reach out to students; (2) to help students build a strong foundation in engineering principles; and (3) to bring forth practical values of engineering education. Recent courses taught:

BE 2550 Numerical Methods and Programming Using MATLAB
ME 3400 Engineering Dynamics
ME 3300 Fluid Mechanics and Measurements Laboratory
ME 5400 Intermediate Dynamics
ME 5410 Engineering Vibration and Laboratory
ME 7400 Advanced Dynamics
ME 7410 Vibration of Continuous Systems

Research Group

Dynamics, Vibration and Energy Research Group (DVERG)



Disc Brake Squeal: Mechanisms, Analysis, Evaluation, and Reduction/Prevention, Society of Automotive Engineers, 2005, F. Chen, C. A. Tan, and R. L. Quaglia, ISBN 0-7680-1248-1.

Sampled referred publications can be downloaded from the research web page.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 2000
  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University, 1997
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 1996, 2000
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Mechanical Engineering Department, Wayne State University, 1996
  • Teaching Innovation Award, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, 1996
  • Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation, 1991
  • Faculty Research Award, American Natural Resources, 1990, 1991