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Mary L. Brake

Interim Associate Dean

Dean's Office

109B Sill Hall

734.487.0551

mbrake@emich.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, (1983)
  • M.S. Physics, Michigan State University, (1980)
  • B.S. Physics, Michigan State University, (1978)
  • Teacher Certification, University of Michigan, (1997) H.S. physics, physical science and mathematics
Mary Brake

Professional Summary

Academic member of the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC)

Interests and Expertise

Plasma processing of materials, engineering technology education, optical emission spectroscopy, student perception of technology

Courses

  • ET 100 Introduction to Engineering Technology
  • MET 211 Statics
  • MET 312 Dynamics
  • MET 314 Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • MET 319 Applied Fluid Mechanics
  • MET 470 Mechanical Vibrations
  • ET 179 Introduction to Alternative Energy
  • MET 479 Advanced Alternative Energy
  • MET 492 Senior Design I
  • PDD 111 Materials
  • PDD 325 Statics and Strength of Materials
  • COT 679 Engineering Behind Technology

Selected Publications

1) “Finding and Fixing Misconceptions in Mechanical Engineering Technology”, Mary Brake, ABET Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, April 14 – 16, 2011 (workshop)

2) “Gender differences in technology perceptions of high school students and their intent to choose technology college majors”, K Bhatnagar and M. Brake, Journal of Engineering Technology, Vol. 27 No. 2 pages 8 – 16, Fall 2010 

3) “Embedded Assessment: Catching Misconceptions in Student Learning AND Capturing Program Improvement Efforts”, Peggy Liggit, Howard Booth, and Mary Brake, SOTL 2010 Academy, EMU, May 17 & 18, 2010

4) “An Informal Survey of Calculus and Physics Requirements in Engineering Technology”, Harvey Lyons and M. L. Brake , The Technology Interface Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3, Spring, 2010 

5) “Characterization of PET samples in an RF Oxygen Discharge”, R. Rhoton and M. Brake, 61st Gaseous Electronics Conference, Dallas, TX, October 13 - 17, 2009.

6) “ Gender Differences in High School Student’s Views of Technology”, M. Brake and K. Bhatnagar, Conference Proceedings ASEE June 22-25, 2008

7) “Choice of Technology majors among high school students”, Bhatnagar, K., Brake, M, Bellamy, Al, and Bertsos, G., Advancing Women in Leadership, Fall 2007, Vol. 23.

8) “Why do high school students choose technology college majors?”, Bhatnagar, K., and Brake, M, presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Association of Industrial Technology, Oct. 23 – 27, 2007, Panama City, FL.

9) Brake, M, “Chapter 3: Matlab as a Tool to Increase the Math Self Confidence and the Math Ability of First Year Engineering Technology Students”, (2007) Ed. Bernstein, J., in Toward Transformation published by the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center. 
http://commons.emich.edu/sotl/vol1/iss1/5

10) “Perceptions of Technology among Teachers and Students”, K. Bhatnagar and M. Brake, ITEA, Baltimore, MD, March 23 -25, 2006

11) “Perceptions of Technology among High School Students”, 32nd annual conference of Research on Women and Education (RWE) , Detroit, October 26-28, 2006

12) “Optical Emission Spectroscopy of an Atmospheric Arc”, R. Rhoton and M. Brake, 58th Gaseous Electronics Conference, San Jose, October 16- 20, 2005.

13) “RF Plasma Conditions for Growth of Carbon Nanostructures”, C. Collard, J. P. Holloway, and M. L. Brake, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 33(1), 170, 2005

14) “Girls and Robots”, M. L. Brake and A. E. Tessmer, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation ¬46, 142, 2004

15) “Formation of Hetero Silicon-Carbon Nanostructures by Growth/Etching”, S. Song, M. Crimp, V. Ayres, C. Collard, J. Holloway, and M. Brake, Vol. 4, J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ¬7¬, 817, 2004 

Selected Presentations

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of Engineering Educators (ASEE), IEEE

Grants

Awards and Patents

  • 2011 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award 
  • 2007 COT Dean’s Step up to the Plate Award
  • 1995 Sarah Goddard Power Award
  • 1993 Distinguished Faculty Award, sponsored by the Michigan Associate of Governing Boards of State Universities

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