New Faculty


We are pleased to introduce two new faculty members, Mark Thomas and Amos Winter. Mechanical Engineering is in an exciting period of faculty renewal, with four faculty searches this year in Manufacturing, Bioengineering, Ocean Engineering, and one search broadly across all mechanical engineering disciplines. We look forward to introducing new hires for these positions next year.


Mark Thomas Captain Mark Thomas, Professor of the Practice

Professor of the Practice in Naval Architecture and Engineering Captain Mark Thomas earned his BS in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University, his SM in electrical engineering from MIT, his NE in naval engineering from MIT, and his PhD in hydrodynamics from MIT. He is the US Navy’s senior uniformed Naval Architect. His technical contributions encompass a wide range of naval engineering challenges, from keeping today’s ships at sea and designing ships for the future to evaluating technology advancements for both today and tomorrow’s Navy.

Amos Winter Amos Winter, Assistant Professor

Amos Winter earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 2003 and an MS and PhD in 2005 and 2010, respectively, in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research interests include design for emerging markets, biomimetic design, fluid/solid/granular mechanics, biomechanics, and the design of ocean systems. He is the founder and director of the MIT Mobility Lab and the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), an all-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries and winner of a 2010 R&D 100 award. He received the 2010 MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award and the 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award. He was also recently awarded the 2012 ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal.