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David Burris

David Burris

Associate Professor
204 Spencer Lab
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-2006

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PhD | Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida
BS | Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida


Dr. Burris is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. He studied solid mechanics, design, and manufacturing at the University of Florida and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. His research interests are in the area of materials tribology; research activities target an improved understanding of the fundamental processes underlying friction and wear at contacting interfaces. Current research efforts are motivated by challenges of space lubrication, joint disease rehabilitation and prevention, and wind turbine drivetrain reliability.

Dr. Burris has two patents and four patents pending in the areas of polymer nanocomposites, wear resistant solid lubricants and in-situ lubrication strategies. He is the recipient of a 2009 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the 2008 ASME Marshall B. Peterson Award, the 2009 STLE Walter D. Hodson Award, the 2010 ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal and a 2011 University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.


  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Clean Energy & Environment
  • Composites & Advanced Materials
  • Nanotechnology


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Design Science
  • Materials Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics


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