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Amos Winter

Contact Info

room 3-449C

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139


  • 2003


  • 2005


  • 2011



Research Interests

  • Mechanical and mechanism design
  • Product design
  • Design for emerging markets and developing countries
  • Reverse innovation and cross-cultural technology transfer
  • Biologically-inspired design
  • Fluid, solid, soil mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical device design
  • Assistive technology
  • Water purification
  • Agricultural technologies
  • Automotive technologies
  • Design of ocean systems

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Honors + Awards

  • 2014, Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award, ASME IDETC Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • 2014, USAID Desal Prize, Semifinalist
  • 2013, TR35, named one of the 35 innovators under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review
  • 2012, Featured talk on TED global website, "Amos Winter: The Cheap All-Terrain Wheelchair," November 20, 2012.
  • 2012, Rockefeller Foundation $100k Innovation Challenge Winner
  • 2012, Mass Challenge Startup Competition, $100k Diamond Prize Winner, awarded to Global Research Innovation and Technology
  • 2012, Fast Company Magazine Innovation by Design Award, Concept Category, for Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • 2012, ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, awarded to an engineering graduate who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten years following receipt of the baccalaureate degree
  • 2011, Wall Street Journal Big Innovations of 2011 (one of seven) for the Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • 2010, Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 2011, Red Dot Design Award Winner for the Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • 2010, R&D 100 Editors Choice Award for the Leveraged Freedom Chair, given to the three favorite R&D 100 award winners by the magazine’s editors
  • 2010, R&D 100 Award for the Leveraged Freedom Chair, given by R&D Magazine for the 100 most technologically significant products of the year
  • 2010, MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award, the highest honor given to a graduate student for teaching and mentoring at MIT
  • 2010, ASME Innovation Showcase, 1st place for the Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • 2010, Gold Award, Spark Awards for design, world changing category for the Leveraged Freedom Chair


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Physical Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Professional Service

  • 2015- Present, Associate Editor, Development Engineering, Elsevier
  • 2014 - Present, Advisory Board Member, Humanitarian Engineering Program, Oregon State University
  • 2013 - Present, Member, ASME Engineering for Global Development Conference Programming Committee
  • 2012 - Present, Creator and Co-organizer, Engineering for Global Development Impact Forum, ASME IDETC/CIE Conference
  • 2011 - 2013, RESNA SIG-17 “International Appropriate Technologyâ€ù Chair
  • 2011 - Present, Member, ASME Engineering for Global Development Committee
  • 2010 - Present, Member, ASME Engineering for Change Advisory Committee

MIT Service

  • 2015 – Present, Proposal Review Committee, Tata Center for Technology and Design
  • 2015 – Present, Faculty Lead and Organizer, ME Dept. DeFlorez Design Competition
  • 2014 – Present, Faculty Supervisor, MIT Formula SAE Team
  • 2014 – Present, Lincoln Labs - MIT Dept of Mechanical Engineering Task Force
  • 2014 – Present, iHouse Advisory Committee
  • 2013 – Present, Program Committee, Tata Center for Technology and Design
  • 2013 – Present, Proseminar Speaker Series Organizer, Tata Center for Technology and Design
  • 2013 – Present, Sports Technology and Engineering @ MIT (STE@M) Program, Member
  • 2012 – Present, Graduate Admissions Committee (Design Area Review Lead)
  • 2011 – Present, Core Faculty Member, Tata Center for Engineering and Design
  • 2013, MIT@F1 "Innovation in Automotive Technologies", MIT networking and fundraising event held at the 2013 US Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, TX
  • 2012, MIT MISTI, MISTI Global Seed Fund Grant Reviewer
  • 2008 - 2010, MIT Hobby Shop Advisory Committee


  • Design and Manufacturing I (2.007)
  • Global Engineering (2.76)


  • Y.S. Narang, A.G. Winter, V. "The Effects of Inertial Properties on Joint Torques and Walking Energetics for Transfemoral Amputees".  In preparation.
  • Y.S. Narang, S.T. Ricks, J. Austin-Breneman, and A. G. Winter V. "Using biomechanical and human-centered analysis to determine design requirements for a high-performance, low-cost prosthetic knee for use in developing countries".  Submitted.
  • Y.S. Narang, A.G. Winter, V."The Effects of the Inertial Properties of Above-Knee Prostheses on Optimal Stiffness, Damping, and Engagement Parameters of Passive Prosthetic Knees".  In revision.
  • A.G. Winter V, V. Govindarajan. “Engineering Reverse Innovations: How to Create Global Products Out of Emerging-Market Constraints”.  Accepted, in revision.
  • B. M. Judge, K. Hölttä-Otto, A.G. Winter, V. "Developing World Users as Lead Users: A Case Study in Engineering Reverse Innovation." Accepted to ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.
  • N.C. Wright and A.G. Winter V. “Justification for community-scale photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis desalination systems for inland rural villages in India”. Desalination, 2014. 352: p. 82-91 September 2014.
  • A.G. Winter, V., R.L.H. Deits, D.S. Dorsch, A.H. Slocum, A.E. Hosoi. “Razor Clam to RoboClam: Burrowing Drag Reduction Mechanisms and their Robotic Adaptation,” Bioinspir. Biomim. 9: 1-11. April 2014.
  • A.G. Winter, V. "Helping the Disabled Get Off-Road and On with Their LIves," DEMAND: ASME Global Development Review. 1 (Fall): 18-23. October 2013.
  • A.G. Winter, V., R.L.H. Deits, A.E. Hosoi. “Localized fluidization burrowing mechanics of Ensis directus,” J. Exp. Biol. 215 (12): 2072-2080. January 2012.
  •  S. Jung, A.G. Winter, V., A. E. Hosoi, “Dynamics of digging in wet soil,” Int. J. Nonl. Mech. 46, 602. January 2011.
  • A.G. Winter, V., A.E. Hosoi. “Identification and Evaluation of the Atlantic Razor Clam (Ensis directus) for Biologically-inspired Subsea Burrowing Systems,” Integr. Comp. Biol. 51 (1): 151-157. January 2011.
  • A.G. Winter, A.B. Smith. “Assessing MAARDEC: A Comparison with Other Assistive Device Workshop and Disability Organization Models (Innovations Case Discussion: MAARDEC).” Innovations Vol. 3 No. 3: 79-81.  Summer 2008.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Assessment of Wheelchair Technology in Tanzania.” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering Vol. 2 No. 1: 66-77.  September 2006.


  • "Turbocharged Single Cylinder Internal Combustion Engine Using an Air Capacitor", Amos G Winter.  Filed July 1, 2014.
  • Application #13/356,585. "Wheelchair with Lever Drivetrain." Winter V, A. G. et al. Filed January 23, 2012. Notice of allowance (accepted for patent).
  • Patent #8496410 B2. "Method and Apparatus for Penetrating Particulate Substrates." Winter V, A.G., A.E. Hosoi, A.H. Slocum.  Issued July 30, 2013.