Mary L Brake
Professor, School of Engineering Technology

118 Sill Hall
School of Engineering Technology
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-0551

Mary L Brake

Professor, School of Engineering Technology

Dr. Brake holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, as well as degrees in Physics, from Michigan State University. She has has over 25 years of educational experience ranging from high school students to doctoral students.

Areas of Expertise

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, particularly thermal sciences. More specifically modeling of chemically reacting flowing gases, optical diagnostics, plasma diagnostics, use of microwaves and radio waves to generate discharges.


  • K. Bhatnagar and M. Brake, “Gender differences in technology perceptions of high school students and their intent to choose technology college majors”, Journal of Engineering Technology, Fall 2010
  • Harvey Lyons and M. L. Brake, "An Informal Survey of Calculus and Physics Requirements in Engineering Technology", The Technology Interface, VOl. 10, No. 3,
  • M. Brake & K. Bhatnagar, "What Do Boys and Girls Think About Technology", refereed paper, ASEE June 2008, Pittsburg, PA Conference Proceedings,
  • K. Bhatnagar, M. L. Brake, A. Bellamy, & G. Bertsos, "Choice of Technology Majors Among High School Students", Advancing Women in Leadership, Online Journal, Volume 23, Winter 2007,
  • M. Brake, "Matlab as a Tool to Increase the Math Self-Confidence and the Math Ability of First-Year Engineering Technology Students", Chapter 3 in the book Toward Transformation, ed. J. Bernstein, published by the Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center, Eastern Michigan University, 2007
  • C. Collard & M. Brake "Optical Characterization of RF Carbon Plasmas", IEEE Trans on Plasma Sci., 33(1), 170, 2005
  • M. L. Brake, & A. E. Tessmer, "Girls and Robots", IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 46, 142, 2004
  • S. Song, M. Crimp, V. Ayres, C. Collard, J. Holloway & M. Brake "Formation of Hetero Silicon-Carbon Nanostructures by Growth/Etching", J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7, 817, 2004