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Woodie C. Flowers

Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus

Room 3-439
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-6234  

Administrative Contact:
Chevalley Duhart
Room 3-435
Phone: 617-253-3979  


B. S., Louisiana Polytechnic University, 1966
M. S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968
M. E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1970
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972


MIT Service

1972-1975, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
1975-1988, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
1988-present, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
1988-present, Director, New Products Program, MIT

Other related experience

1987-present, Weston Historical Commission, Board of Directors
1990-1993, Host, PBS television series, "Scientific American Frontiers"
1991-1994, School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, MIT
1991-1996, Overseer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1991-present, Board of Trustees member, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1991-present, General Scanning Inc., Board of Directors
1992-present, FIRST, National Advisor
1994-present, Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT


Research Interests

Design Education
Microcomputer-controlled Prostheses for Above-knee Amputees
Instrumentation for Quantitative Assessment of Human Movement Disorders
Computer-aided Design Systems
Product Design


Honors and Awards

1970 Ralph E. Teetor Young Educator Award (Society of Automotive Engineers)
1971 The Goodwin Medal for Outstanding Instruction (MIT)
1976 The Baker Award for Outstanding Education (MIT Student Body)
1979 Western Electric Award for Outstanding Teaching (ASEE)
1982 Jacob Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award (MIT Mech. Engineering Dept.)
1992 Regional Emmy Award for National Videoconference on Design Education
1993 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Centennial Certificate
1994 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Daniel Webster College
1994 MacVicar Faculty Fellow for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education
1994 Louisiana Tech University, Centennial Distinguished Alumnus
1995 PEEER Annual Klegerman Scholarship Award for Environmental Excellence (MIT)
1996 Inaugural Recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award, established by FIRST


Society Memberships

National Academy of Engineering
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Engineering Education
American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Teaching Interests

Engineering Design
Product Design
Dynamic Systems

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