Dr. D. Dane Quinn

Dr. D. Dane Quinn

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Mechanical Engineering
Office: ASEC 313b
Phone: 330-972-6302
Fax: 330-972-6027
Email: quinn@uakron.edu
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D. Dane Quinn was awarded the B.M.E. degree from Georgia Tech in 1991 and, in 1995, a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He is currently a Professor on the faculty of the University of Akron in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and holds a joint appointment in the Applied Mathematics Division.

Research Accomplishments

His research interests lie in the area of applied dynamical systems and mechanics. Specifically, he has considered the effects of resonances in nonlinear systems with applications to rotordynamics, spacecraft dynamics, and the mechanisms by which energy is transferred through mechanical systems, including applications in energy harvesting. Since joining the University of Akron, he has initiated studies of differential collision models and research into structural health monitoring. He is currently collaborating with researchers at Sandia National Laboratories modeling the dynamic response and structural dissipation induced by mechanical interfaces such as lap joints and bolted connections. In addition, he has worked in several related areas, including the modeling, simulation, and control of thermo-acoustic instabilities in aeropropulsion systems, celestial mechanics, nonlinear thermoelastodynamics, nonlinear control systems, and the evolution of virulence in age-dependent populations.
He has published numerous papers in archival journals and has presented his work at national and international scientific meetings. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, and is on the Editorial Board of Nonlinear Dyanamics Finally, in 2005 he was selected as the recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Engineering. He currently lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife Kristen, children Kaelyn, James, and Ian, and his dogs, Marley and Lilly.


  1. Angela Triplett and D. Dane Quinn. ``The Effect of Nonlinear Piezoelectric Coupling on Vibration-based Energy Harvesting.'' Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 20:1959-1967, 2009.
  2. Jason D. Miller and D. Dane Quinn. ``A Two-sided Interface Model for Dissipation in Structural Systems with Frictional Joints.'' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 321(1-2):201--219, 2009.
  3. D. Dane Quinn, Oleg Gendelman, Gaetan Kerschen, Themistoklis P. Sapsis, Lawrence A. Bergman, Alexander F. Vakakis. ``Efficiency of Targeted Energy Transfers in Coupled Nonlinear Oscillators Associated with 1:1 Resonance Captures: Part I.'' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 311(3-5):1228-1248, 2008.
  4. D. Dane Quinn, Richard H. Rand, and Steven H. Strogatz. ``Singular Unlocking Transition in the Winfree Model of Coupled Oscillators.'' Physical Review E, 75, 036218, 2007.
  5. D. Dane Quinn. ``Resonant Dynamics in Strongly Nonlinear Systems.'' Nonlinear Dynamics, 49:361-373, 2007.
  6. D. Dane Quinn, J. Patrick Wilber, Curtis B. Clemons, Gerald W. Young and Alper Buldum. ``Buckling Instabilities in Coupled Nano-Layers.'' International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 42:681-689, 2007.
  7. G. Mani, D. D. Quinn, and M. Kasarda. ``Active Health Monitoring in a Rotating Cracked Shaft Using Active Magnetic Bearings as Force Actuators.'' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 294(3):454-465, 2006.
  8. D. Dane Quinn and Daniel J. Segalman. ``Using Series-Series Iwan-Type Models for the Understanding of Joint Dynamics.'' ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, 72:666-673, 2005.
  9. D. Dane Quinn. ``A New Regularization for Coulomb Friction.'' ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 126:391-397, 2004.
  10. D. Dane Quinn, Richard H. Rand, and Jacqueline Bridge. ``The Dynamics of Resonant Capture.'' Nonlinear Dynamics, 8:1-20, 1995.


Ph.D., Cornell University (1995); B.M.E., Georgia Institute of Technology (1991)



  • 4600:203 Dynamics
  • 4600:321 Kinematics of Machines
  • 4600:340 System Dynamics and Response
  • 4600:431 Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations
  • 4600:441 Control System Design


  • 4600:629 Nonlinear Engineering Problems
  • 4600:630 Vibration of Discrete Systems
  • 4600:726 Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics
  • 4600:730 Vibration of Continuous Systems