Gary Hillebrand

Gary Hillebrand

Lecturer of Physics

Gary Hillebrand
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Chemistry
Room: 15
Phone: 313-993-1239
Gary Hillebrand
General Physics I (PHY1300)
General Physics II (PHY1320)
General Physics I and II Laboratories (PHY1310/1610 and PHY1330/1630)


  • MBA in Management - University of Detroit
  • BS Mechanical Engineering - Michigan Technological University


I came to Detroit Mercy from an automotive engineering background – 30 years experience in product development at General Motors and Ford. 

Outside of class, my interests include cars and driving, sports (especially softball, tennis and vintage base ball), reading and gardening.

Research Interests: 

Physics education, both in classroom and laboratory settings.

Teaching Experience: 

Lecturer in Physics at Detroit Mercy since Winter, 2009.  Taught Introductory Physics I and II, both algebra-based and calculus-based series. Also taught Engineering Statics and Introduction to Engineering (pre-engineering program).


  • Darrell Kleinke, Gary Hillebrand and Raymond Gage III (2010) “Small Manufacturing Companies are Still Viable Industry Partners,” Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE North Central Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March
  • Gary Hillebrand, Meghann Norah Murray, Jenna Ross, Robert A. Ross and Cherron Tarter (2012) “A Physics Laboratory Activity to Simulate the Operation of the Touchscreen on a Smartphone,” Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE National Conference, San Antonio, TX, June (received Best Paper Award for the Physics and Engineering Physics Division).
  • Robert A. Ross, E. Prasad Venugopal, Gary Hillebrand, Meghann Norah Murray and Matthew Gonderinger (2014) “Results of a Multi-Year Assessment of Inquiry-Based Second Semester General Physics Laboratory Activities,” Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June
  • Robert A. Ross, E. Prasad Venugopal, Gary P. Hillebrand, Meghann Norah Murray, Matthew Gonderinger (2017) “Gender Effects in a General Physics Laboratory Assessment,” Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE National Conference, Columbus, OH, June

Grants and Awards: 

  • Detroit Mercy Mission Micro-grants each year since 2010 for various student group service projects and activities 
  • 2016 and 2017 Ford Community Corps Program grants for service learning activities as part of Physics I classes.
  • Best Paper Presentation award – ASEE National Conference, Physics division, June 2012
  • Detroit Mercy Student Advisor of the Year (Detroit Mercy Titans for Life) award from Student Life Office – 2014-15