E. Daniel Hirleman

Dean, School of Engineering, University of California-Merced
BSME ’72, MSME ’74, PHD ’77

Prior to his appointment as Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of California-Merced he was the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School Mechanical Engineering and a Mechanical Engineering Professor, with a courtesy appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.  He was previously at Arizona State University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering where he received teaching and research awards and served in department administration and as Associate Dean for Research.  

Hirleman received his BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. His research focus is in the areas of optical sensors and global engineering education. He has received NSF, Howard Hughes, and von Humboldt Foundation Fellowships and the Achievement Award from the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (INEER), the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the U.S. Civilian  Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), and is a Fellow of the ASME. At Purdue he was founding director of the Global Engineering Program and orchestrated development of the Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE), a program integrating domestic and international internships, study abroad, and multi-national design team experiences for engineering students. He also founded GlobalHUB, a virtual community for global engineering education and collaboration.