Mary Brake

A photo of Mary Brake



104  Roosevelt


[email protected]


  • 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

Professional Summary

  •  Director of Doctoral Program, April 2004 - May 2006
  • Professor, May 2006 - September 2015
  • Associate Dean, September 2016 - present
  • 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 Taught

  • 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

  • “Finding and Fixing Misconceptions in Mechanical Engineering Technology”, Mary Brake, ABET Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, April 14 – 16, 2011 (workshop)
  • “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 
  • “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
  • “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 
  • “Characterization of PET samples in an RF Oxygen Discharge”, R. Rhoton and M. Brake, 61st Gaseous Electronics Conference, Dallas, TX, October 13 - 17, 2009.
  • “Gender Differences in High School Student’s Views of Technology”, M. Brake and K. Bhatnagar, Conference Proceedings ASEE June 22-25, 2008
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • “Perceptions of Technology among Teachers and Students”, K. Bhatnagar and M. Brake, ITEA, Baltimore, MD, March 23 -25, 2006
  • “Perceptions of Technology among High School Students”, 32nd annual conference of Research on Women and Education (RWE) , Detroit, October 26-28, 2006
  • “Optical Emission Spectroscopy of an Atmospheric Arc”, R. Rhoton and M. Brake, 58th Gaseous Electronics Conference, San Jose, October 16- 20, 2005.
  • “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
  • “Girls and Robots”, M. L. Brake and A. E. Tessmer, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation ¬46, 142, 2004
  • “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 

Patents / Awards / Grants

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

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Association of Engineering Educators (ASEE), IEEE