Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Lesley M. Berhan


Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department

Nitschke Hall 5004
Mail Stop 312
Phone: (419) 530-8220





As the Associate Dean of Student Success and Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Berhan leads the development and execution of initiatives and programs to assess, increase, and support student success for all students within the College of Engineering, and fosters an atmosphere of inclusiveness, equity, and respect among students, faculty, and staff. She is committed to cultivating and maintaining a culture of inclusive excellence in the college and to ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff have the opportunities and resources they need to be successful. Her duties also include developing and facilitating relationships between the college and community stakeholders to increase the interest in, and exposure to, engineering to residents of Toledo and NW Ohio.

Dr. Berhan is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) at The University of Toledo.  She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad in 1994.  She worked as a civil engineer in Trinidad for one year before beginning her graduate studies.  In 1997 she received her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after which she worked for two years as a structural engineer at Albert Kahn Associates in Detroit, Michigan.  In 2003 she received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She taught for one year at the University of Detroit Mercy before joining UToledo's MIME department in Fall 2004.

Research Interests

  • Nanocomposites
  • Heterogeneous materials
  • Fibrous networks
  • Composites
  • Structural mechanics
  • Finite element analysis

Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile


MIME 1650 - Materials Science and Engineering
MIME 2300 - Dynamics
MIME 4280/5280 - CAD Finite Element Methods
MIME 4300 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials


Last Updated: 4/8/24