University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty Profile

Kimberly Turner

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Kimberly Turner

Contacts

UCSB Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Room 3231 E Engineering Science Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070

tel: (805) 403-7426
fax: (805) 893-8651
turner@engineering.ucsb.edu

Personal web site

Research Groups

Biography

Dr. Turner\\\'s interests involve many areas of microsystems, especially dynamics and characterization, and applications utilizing interesting dynamics. In 1994 she earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She received her Ph.D. (1999) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, where she did primarily MEMS-based work. She joined the department of Mechanical & Environmental Engineering at UCSB in August 1999, where she is continuing her research in the areas of MEMS and nanosystems. Her research group consists of 6 Ph.D. students, 3 undergraduate researchers and a postdoc. She has written over 80 peer-reviewed articles. She is a member of many professional societies, and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the MTU Outstanding Young Alumni Award, a member of the Michigan Technological University Presidential Alumnae Council, and is General Chair for the 2010 Americas Workshop on Solid-State Sensors & Actuators. Dr Turner was also awarded the 2013 UCSB Academic Senate graduate mentor award. She served as chair of the mechanical engineering department at UCSB from 2008-2013. Dr. Turner leads a balanced life, and her hobbies include dog showing and bicycle riding/racing. She is the 2009 Cat 3 CA State Criterium Champion.

Affiliations

  • Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
  • California Nanosystems Institute

Awards/Honors

  • Michigan Tech University Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2007
  • Pacific Coast Business Times Top 50 Women in Business, 2007
  • Michigan Tech University Presidential Council of Alumnae, 2006
  • UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005
  • NSF Career Award, 2001
  • American Vacuum Society Varian fellowship, 1997
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Selected Publications

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