David M. Labyak

David Labyak


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


David M. Labyak, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Michigan Tech, teaching in the areas of Machine Design, Finite Element Analysis, and Mechatronics. Prior to teaching at Michigan Tech, he spent 24+ years in the automotive, mining, aerospace, and engineering consulting industries. His background includes sheet metal fabrication, product assembly, finite element analysis, noise and vibration analysis, and machinability of metals.

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics—Solid Mechanics
    • Head Impacts
    • Helmet Performance and Design
  • Solid Mechanics
    • Finite Element Analysis and Vibration Analysis
  • Manufacturing
    • Machinability of Metals


  • Understanding football helmet design and performance
  • Solid mechanics and finite element analysis methods
  • Helping student groups with design and analysis of components
  • Vibration analysis
  • Shock analysis methods