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Georg Ernst Otto Widera, German, American mechanical engineering educator, consultant. Achievements include research in mechanics of composite materials, plate and shell structures, stress analysis, pressure vessels, mechanics of deformation processing. Fellow Standard Oil Corporation California, 1961-1963, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1966, von Humboldt, Federal Republic Germany, 1968-1969.


Widera, Georg Ernst Otto was born on February 16, 1938 in Dortmund, Germany. Arrived in the United States, 1950. Son of Otto and Gertrude (Yzermann) Widera.


Bachelor of Science, University Wisconsin, 1960. Master of Science, University Wisconsin, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1965.


Assistant professor then professor department materials engineering University Illinois, Chicago, 1965-1982, professor mechanical engineering, 1982-1991, head department, 1982—1991, acting head industrial system engineering department, 1985-1986, dir off-campus engineering programs, 1987-1988. Professor, chairman mechanical and industrial engineering department Marquette University, Milwaukee, 1991—2000, co-director Center Joining and Manufacturing Assembly, since 2002, director Discovery Learning Center, 2000—2007, senior associate dean College Engineering, 1999—2007, interim dean College Engineering, 1998—1999, 2003, professor, senior scholar, 2007—2009. Gastdozent University Stuttgart, Germany, 1968.

Visiting professor University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1973—1974, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 1979—1980. Consultant Ladish Company, Cudahy, Wisconsin, 1967—1976, Howmedica, Inc., Chicago, 1972—1975, Sargent & Lundy, 1970—1988, National Bureau Standards, 1980. Board directors Engineers and Scientists Milwaukee, 1996—1998.

Visiting scientist Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, 1968.


  • Achievements include research in mechanics of composite materials, plate and shell structures, stress analysis, pressure vessels, mechanics of deformation processing.


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    • Editor: Proceedings Innovations in Structural Engineering, 1974, Pressure Vessel Design, 1982, Journal Pressure Vessel Technology, 1982-1993, since 2005. Co-editor: Small and Medium Size Enterprises Handbook of Metalforming, 1985, 1994, Design and Analysis of Plates and Shells, 1986. Associate editor: Pressure Vessel Technology, 1977-1981, 2003-2005, Applied Mechanics Revs.

      , 1987-1994, Manufacturing Review, 1991-1995, member editorial advisory board: Acta Mechanica Sinica, 1990-1998, member editorial board: Pressure Vessels and Piping Design Technology, 1982.


Fellow: WRC (chairman subcommittee design procedures for shell intersections 1983-1987, chairman committee reinforced openings and external loads 1987-1991, vice chairman committee polymer pressure components 1991-1999, chairman committee shells and ligaments 1994-1997, pressure vessel research council), American Society of Civil Engineers (secretary-treasurer structural division Illinois section 1972-1973, chairman division 1976-1977, chairman peer review committee, technical council research 1984, council structural plastics), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (chairman machine design division Chicago section 1967-1968, executive committee Chicago section 1970-1973, editor newsletter Chicago section 1971-1973, chairman junior awards committee applied mechanics division 1973-1976, chairman design and analysis committee pressure vessel and piping division 1980-1983, chairman pressure vessel research committee 1982-1987, board editors 1983-1993, member executive committee and program chairman pressure vessel and piping division 1985-1989, member board pressure technical codes and standards 1988-1993, vice-chairman, secretary pressure vessel and piping division 1989-1990, member board pressure technical codes and standards 1989-1994, member materials and structures group 1990-1991, historian, senate pressure vessel and piping division 1992-1993, honors and awards chairman Milwaukee section 1992-1995, member council engineering 1993-1996, vice president, chair materials and structures group 1993-1996, member technical executives committee 1993-1996, board editors since 2005, member board pressure technical codes and standards since 2009, Pressure Vessel and Piping medalist 1995), 2d China National Standards Committee Pressure Vessels (honorary consultant 1989-1994), International Council Pressure Vessel Technology (chairman American regional committee since 1988, international chairman 1992-1996, 2003-2006, Dedicated Service award 2009, Engs. & Scientists of Milwaukee Engineer of Year award 2009), American Society Engineering Education, French Pressure Vessel Association, Wisconsin Manufacturing Curriculum Committee (life. Vice-chairman executive committee 1998—2002), Society Manufacturing Engineers (senior.

Life member, co-chair NAMRC 34). Member: Welding Research Council (board directors), Materials Properties Council, Wisconsin Association Research Management (vice president 2003-2004, president 2004-2005), Tau Beta Pi.


Married Kristel Kornas, June 21, 1974. Children: Erika, Nicholas.

Otto Widera

Gertrude (Yzermann) Widera

Kristel Kornas

Erika Widera

Nicholas Widera