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Ward O. Winer, Ph.D., P.E.

School Chair Emeritus

Mason 128
(404) 894-2201


  • Ph.D. Physics, Cambridge University (1964)
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (1961)
  • M.S.E. University of Michigan (1959)
  • B.S.E. University of Michigan (1958)

Dr. Winer served as Chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering from 1988 through 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1961 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University in England in 1964. He served on the faculty of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan from 1963 to 1969 when he joined the faculty of mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Winer has more than 200 publications and is a Fellow of ASME, STLE, AAAS, and ASEE. In addition, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and holds several honors and awards, including the 1995 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the ASME Melville Medal, and the Tribology Gold Medal of the British Tribology Trust. He is also a recipient of the STLE International Award in 1996. In 2006, he was named an Honorary Member of ASME. His fields of interest include tribology, rheology, fluid mechanics and condition monitoring of mechanical systems as well as engineering education.Dr. Winer is or has been on advisory boards for mechanical engineering programs at the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of California – Berkeley, Virginia Tech, and MIT. He is Chair of the ASME Foundation Board of Directors. He recently chaired a National Research Council Study to Benchmark the Competitiveness of the U.S. in Mechanical Engineering Basic Research. He served on the Steering Committee for the Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Research (Member July 1982-June 1990; Chair June 1984-June 1987). Currently he chairs the Engineering, Applied Science and Math Panel of the National Research Council Associateship Programs of the National Academy.Ward is married to Mary Jo Wielinga Winer. They have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.


  • Tribology
  • Rheology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Condition Monitoring of Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering education


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Michigan: Institute of Science & Technology (1961-1963 at Cavendish Laboratory - Cambridge University), 1961
  • '38e Distinguished Service Award to an Outstanding Young Faculty Member of the College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1967
  • Georgia Tech Faculty of the Year, Graduate Student Government, 1986
  • ASME - Engineer of the year in Education (Atlanta Section ASME), 1986
  • ASME - Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (ASME & Pi Tau Sigma), 1988
  • ASME - Fellow (1980), Life Fellow, 2001
  • ASME - Honorary Member, 2006
  • NASA - Certificate of Recognition, 1977
  • AAAS - Fellow, 1988
  • STLE - Fellow, 1992
  • The Jacob Wallenberg Foundation, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, 1983
  • Tribology Gold Medal from the Tribology Trust of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Production Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Department of Industry and Trade, Great Britain, 1986
  • Boss of the Year, Cobb 20th Century Chapt-American Business Women's Assoc, 1982
  • "Ga Tech Night - Honor Program - Ward O. Winer for 25 Years of Service to Tribology," Atlanta Section of Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, November 9, 1987
  • National Academy of Engineering, 1988
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Engineer of the Year in Education, 1988
  • Engineers of Greater Atlanta, Engineer of the Year, 1989
  • ASEE - Fellow, 2004
  • Alumni Society Merit Award for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, The University of Michigan, 1998
  • The Monie A. Ferst Memorial Sigma Xi Award for Sustained Research at Ga Tech, 1975
  • Distinguished Professor Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987
  • Georgia Tech Human Relations Director's Award (to Woodruff School), 1991
  • ASME - Melville Medal, 1975
  • ASME - Centennial Medallion, 1980
  • ASME - Best Paper Award (ASME Tribology Division), 1984, 1991
  • ASME - Mayo D. Hersey Award, 1986
  • NLGI - 47th Annual Meeting - Clarence E. Earle Memorial Award, 1979
  • NLGI - Author of the Year Award, 1987
  • STLE - International Award, 1997
  • ASEE - Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, 1995
  • ASEE - Donald E. Marlowe Award, 1996


  • "Dynamic Response of Fluid and Wall Temperatures during Pressurized Discharge of a Liquid from a Container," Advances in Cryogenic Engineering 6 (1961) 310-322 (with V. S. Arpaci and J. A. Clark).
  • "Generalization of a Class of Solutions of the Laminar Incompressible, Boundary-Layer Equations," TRANS. ASME 83D (196l) 328-332 (with A. G. Hansen).
  • "Boundary-layer Energy Equation," Journal of Aerospace Science 29, No. 6 (1962) 750-751.
  • "Lubrication of Metals with Silicones at High Pressures and Low Sliding Speeds," Gear Lubrication, Institute of Petroleum, London, England (1966) 11:35-37 (with D. Tabor).
  • "Silicone Fluids - Their Action as Boundary Lubricants," TRANS. ASLE 8 (1965) 69-77 (with D. Tabor).
  • An Analytical and Experimental Investigation in Similar Solutions of Three-dimensional Laminar Incompressible Boundary Layers, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, University Microfilm, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1961).
  • Silicone Films - Their Action as Boundary Lubricants, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England (June 1963).
  • "Lubrication in High Pressure Metal Working Processes", Chapter in High Pressure Metal Working, published by Pennsylvania State University, PENNTAP Program (1968).
  • Proceedings of Tribology Workshop, The Industrial Technology Program, Mechanics Section, Engineering Division, The National Science Foundation (April 1974) (677 pp) (edited with H. S. Cheng and F. F. Ling).
  • Concentrated Contact Lubrication, Short Course Notes (1978) (275 pp) (with H. S. Cheng).
  • "Fluid Mechanics," Notes for Continuing Education Course, Ford Motor Company (1964) 200 (with A. G. Hansen).
  • "Lubrication," Notes for Continuing Education Course, Ford Motor Company (1966) 185.
  • "Shock Absorber Design," Notes for Continuing Education Course, Ford Motor Company (1970) 150.
  • "Pressure-Viscosity and Elastohydrodynamic Behavior of a Series of Polybutene Fluids," American Oil Company (March 1969).
  • "Fluid Measurements," NASA-Lewis Research Center (July 1969).
  • "Fundamentals of Boundary Lubrication," ASLE Annual Meeting (1964).
  • "Rheological Properties of Lubricants," General Motors Research Laboratories (1964).
  • "Silicones as Lubricants," Whirlpool Corporation, Sigma Xi Seminars (1964).
  • "High Pressure Rheology of Lubricants," Ford Motor Company Research Laboratory (1965).
  • "Fundamentals of Boundary Lubrication," ASLE Montreal, Quebec Section (April 1965).