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Ward Otis Winer, American mechanical engineer, educator. Recipient Distinguished Faculty Service award College Engineering University Michigan, 1967, Alumni Merit award, 1998, Certified Recognition, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1977, Clarence E. Earle Memorial award National Grease Lubricating Institute, 1979, Distinguished Professor award Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987; named Honorary Alumni, Georgia Technology, 2003.


Winer, Ward Otis was born on June 27, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Mervin Augustus and Ina Katherine (Wood) Winer.


Associate, Grand Rapids Junior College, Michigan, 1956. Bachelor of Science, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1958. Master of Science, University Michigan, 1959.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy (Cavendish Laboratory fellow), Cambridge University, England, 1964.


Assistant professor department mechanical engineering University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1963-1966, associate professor, 1966-1969. Associate professor mechanical engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, 1969-1971, professor, 1971-1984, regents' professor, 1984—2007, member executive board, 1983-1988, chairman, 1984-1986, director and chairman School Mechanical Engineering, 1988—2007, Eugene C. Gwaltney junior chair George W. Woodruff School Mechanical Engineering, 2001—2007, Eugene C. Gwaltney junior school chair emeritus, since 2007. Chairman Gordon Research Conference on Friction, Lubrication and Wear, 1980.

Member National Research Council, 1980-1988. Chairman Committee on Recommendations for United States Army Basic Science Research, 1985-1987. Chair, Engineering Applied Science and Mathematics Pannel NCRA Association Program, since 2007.

Member division mechanical, structural, materials engineering advisory board National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate, 1984-1989. Board directors Taiho Tribology Research Foundation.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: Wear Control Handbook, 1980. Technical editor: Journal Lubrication Technology, 1980-1984, Journal of Tribology, 1984-1987. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Democratic precinct chairman, 1967-1968. Member executive board Horace H. Rackham School Graduate Studies, University Michigan, 1968. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (honorary.

Board communications 1987-1991, vice president research 1989-1993, foundation trustee since 2006, vice chair, 2009-2011, chair since 2011, board director, Melville medal 1975, Centennial medallion 1980, Mayor D. Hersey award 1986, Charles Russ Richards Memorial award 1988), Society Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (board directors 1983-1986, International award 1997), British Tribology Trust (gold medal 1987), American Society Engineering Educators (Benjamin Garver Lamme award 1995, Donald Marlowe award 1996). Member National Academy of Engineering, Metro Atlanta Engineering Society (Engineer of Year 1989), Rheology, Society Engineering Science (director 1980-1984), American Association of University Professors (president Georgia Technology chapter 1972-1974, vice president state conference 1973-1975), Sigma Xi (chapter president 1982-1983, Sustained Research in Engineering award 1975), Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Mary Jo Wielinga, June 15, 1957. Children: Mathew Owen, James Edward, Paul Andrew, Mary Margaret.

Mervin Augustus Winer

Ina Katherine (Wood) Winer

Mary Jo Wielinga

Mathew Owen Winer

James Edward Winer

Paul Andrew Winer

Mary Margaret Winer