David M. Labyak

David Labyak


  • Assistant Professor, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Faculty Advisor, Advanced Metalworks Enterprise
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


David Labyak has 25 years of experience in the automotive, mining, aerospace, and engineering consulting industries. He is a board member and hockey coach for the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association.

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis


  • Understanding football helmet design and performance
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods
  • Helping student groups (such as Baha and Clean Snowmobile) with design and analysis of components
  • Vibration analysis
  • Shock analysis methods
  • Youth Hockey Coaching Do’s and Don’ts