Dawn Tilbury

Associate VP, Convergence Science

Email: tilbury@umich.edu 

Office of the Vice President for Research
1109 Geddes Ave., 1350 Ruthven Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Assistant: Wendi Mohl, executive assistant, 734-763-1290, wendig@umich.edu 


Dawn M. Tilbury currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research – Convergence Sciences, and directs the Bold Challenges initiative to bring together teams of faculty with social and technical science expertise to address societal challenges.

She received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. In 1995, she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is currently Professor, with a joint appointment as Professor of EECS and a core member of the Robotics Institute.

Her research interests lie broadly in the area of control systems, including applications to robotics and manufacturing systems. From 2017 to 2021, she was the Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, where she oversaw a federal budget of nearly $1 billion annually, while maintaining her position at the University of Michigan. She has published more than 200 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ASME, and a Life Member of SWE.