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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Armand Benjamin Perlman

Professor Emeritus

Armand Benjamin Perlman

Professor Emeritus

Phone 617.627.3239
Robinson Hall, Room 150
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
finite element methods, rail vehicle dynamics and materials
Biography: 

Benjamin Perlman joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at a heady time. The field of computer-aided engineering was exploding as advances in engineering science and computing power provided unprecedented opportunities for modeling material behavior phenomena previously only addressed empirically. This coalescence was ideal for his combined analytical skills and expertise in computation. He quickly became a leader in the then College of Engineering’s early adoption of computers, which he serviced as repairman, system administrator, researcher, and all around guru. He was the first faculty member to introduce finite element analysis into the curriculum and he continues to set the standard for teaching this topic to this very day. It was soon after his arrival at Tufts that he became recognized as an extraordinary teacher and adviser. His reputation spread across the campus as he taught in the interdisciplinary College, within programs and the Experimental College. Hehas fond recollections of those early days as a blend of hard work yet more relaxed times, when casual conversations and lunch with colleagues were the norm rather than the scheduled exception.

Education: 
Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Lehigh University, 1965
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1962
B.S., Lehigh University, 1961
Professional Experience: 
1967-present:

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

  • 2007-present: Professor Emeritus
  • 1983-2007: Professor
  • 1971-1983: Associate Professor
  • 1967-1971: Assistant Professor

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