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Amos G. Winter V

Amos G. Winter V

Assistant Professor
Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor

Room 3-449C
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-6761  
Fax: 617-324-3050  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Catherine Hogan
Room 3-252
Phone: 617-253-0580  



MIT, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 2011

MIT, S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, 2005

Tufts University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2003




2011-Present: Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT), Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor

2011-2012: Battelle Memorial Institute, Contractor

2010-2012: MIT-SUTD International Design Center, Postdoc

2010-2011: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Visiting Researcher

2007-2012: MIT Mobility Lab, Founder and Director

2006-2010: Bluefin Robotics, Contractor

2006-2008: Massachusetts General Hospital, Consultant



Research Interests

Design for emerging markets and developing countries; international development; reverse innovation and cross-cultural technology transfer; biologically-inspired design; fluid, solid, granular mechanics; biomechanics; mechanical, precision machine design; medical device design; water purification; agricultural equipment; design of ocean systems.



Honors and Awards

  • 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 (2012)
  • Noyce Early Career Development Chair, MIT School of Engineering (2012)
  • Wall Street Journal Big Innovations of 2011 (one of seven) for the Leveraged Freedom Chair (2011)
  • 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award (2011)
  • Red Dot Design Award Winner for the Leveraged Freedom Chair (2011)
  • Nominee, Brit Insurance Designs of the Year for the Leveraged Freedom Chair, Design Museum London (2011)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 (2010)



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