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Ed Berger

Discipline: Engineering

Dr. Berger currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. He is also Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He joined the faculty at UVa in January 2005 after serving on the faculty at University of Cincinnati for almost 10 years. He has been the Associate Dean for 18 months. Dr. Berger earned the PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 1996, and also graduated from Penn State University in 1991 and 1992 with the BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. His technical research has focused on nonlinear dynamics, specifically nonlinear and non-smooth systems including friction and contact. He has been the PI on research awards from the NSF, AFOSR, Sandia National Labs and others for technical research on the behavior of mechanical joints and interfaces. Since 2006, Dr. Berger has also focused on the use of web 2.0 technologies in higher education, and he currently serves at the PI on the NSF-funded project “HigherEd 2.0” ( The goal of the project is to deploy and evaluate web 2.0 technologies for instruction in engineering mechanics. This four-university collaboration includes faculty from the UVa School of Education. Dr. Berger has been recognized with UVa’s All University Teaching award (2007) as well as the Outstanding Faculty Award for “Teaching with Technology” from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), Virginia’s highest teaching honor for higher education faculty (2008).