William W. Predebon
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
- PhD, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University
- BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
William Predebon joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1975. He was associate chair from 1993-1997 and has been chair of the department since 1997. Under his watch, the department has made great strides in conducting interdisciplinary research, growing the doctoral program, expanding research funding, and updating the curriculum and laboratories. He also brought diversity to both the faculty and student body.
Predebon is a champion of discovery-based student learning. He led efforts to create the Michigan Tech Learning Resource Center for Self-Paced Programmed Instruction, the ME-EM Engineering Learning Center, as well as a distance learning doctorate degree in mechanical engineering, and a Design Engineer Certificate program with General Motors in 2000. More than six hundred GM employees earned the certificate. In 2010 Predebon started a Peace Corps Master’s International program in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech, the first and only one of its kind in the nation.
A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Predebon has received numerous honors, including membership in Michigan Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellence; the Outstanding Service Award for his work with the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers; the first annual Martin Luther King Award by the Black Student Organizations; and the Distinguished Teaching Award. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of Colleges, and the Michigan Tech Honorary Alumni Award.
He advised both the Nordic and Alpine ski teams and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and chaired building committees for both the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and the Great Lakes Research Center. His research in wave propagation and ceramics has involved experimental, analytical, and computational elements. He has been granted two US patents. His research has been supported by government agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Lab, and by industry partners such as Honeywell, Alcoa, and General Dynamics. Predebon is a captain in the US Army Reserves and is a member of four honor societies.