Dr. Kimberly (Passerello) Turner

Kimberly Turner
  • BS Mechanical Engineering 1994
Kimberly L. Turner of Goleta, California, is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara.

She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1994. She received a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University in 1999.

Besides being a professor at UCSB, Turner is also the Sensors Task co-leader in a collaboration involving UCSB, the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Army Institute for Collaborative Biotechnology.

Her scholarly inquiry is microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). At UCSB, she directs the laboratory for the mechanics of microscale systems, and supervises PhD students and undergraduate researchers.

Turner has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a CAREER award in 2001, and she earned a distinguished teaching award at UCSB in 2005. In 2007, her achievements were recognized by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association and she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and spoke at the Mid-Year Commencement ceremony.

She has extensive academic credentials. She is a member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; she is vice chair of the MEMS division of the ASME; she is chair of the technical program for the 2008 Americas Workshop on Solid State Sensors and Actuators; and she is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal on Control Systems Technology.

Her family boasts gold-and-silver lineage: Her father, Professor Chris Passerello, teaches at Michigan Tech in the mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics department.

Turner continues her involvement with the University as a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae.

Excerpted from the 2007 Alumni Reunion Awards Program