Amos G. Winter
Assistant Professor
Director, Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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EDUCATION
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (GPA 4.7/5.0) Sept. 2005-Present
Thesis: “Biologically inspired mechanisms for burrowing in undersea substrates”
   
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
S.M., Mechanical Engineering (GPA 4.6/5.0) Sept. 2003-June 2005
Thesis: “Design of fluid film journal bearings containing continuous 3D fluid pathways which are formed by wrapping a sheet containing 2D through-cut features”
 
Tufts University Medford, MA
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.74/4.0) Sept. 1999-June 2003
Thesis: “JUMBOt: A robot to compete on Battle Bots”
 
University of Canterbury Christchurch, New Zealand
Semester Abroad Feb.-June 2003
 
Graduate classes

Major: design
2.75 Precision machine design
2.718 Design of motion systems
2.810 Manufacturing
2.744 Product design
2.996 Independent study focused on the Leveraged Freedom Chair
Phys 123 (Harvard) Laboratory electronics, based on The Art of Electronics

Minor: mechanics
2.25 Fluid mechanics
2.071 Solid mechanics
2.032 Dynamics
1.366 Soil mechanics

Other
18.06 Linear algebra
1.151 Probability and statistics in engineering

 
AWARDS

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

ASME Innovation Showcase, 1st place for the Leveraged Freedom Chair

2010

MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award

2010

Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship to India

2010-2011

Finalist, Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

2010

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering deFlorez Award for Design, 3nd place for Leveraged Freedom Chair

2010

Inter-American Development Bank, $50,000 World of Solutions grant for Leveraged Freedom Chair trial in Guatemala

2009

ASME IDETC Conference, Graduate Student Mechanism Design Competition, 1st place for Leveraged Freedom Chair

2009

ASME IDETC Conference, Robot Design Competition, 2nd place for RoboClam

2009

RESNA Student Design Competition Finalist, for the Leveraged Freedom Chair

2009

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering deFlorez Award for Technology Innovation/Invention, 2nd place for RoboClam

2009

MIT IDEAS Competition Winner, Award for International Technology for the Leveraged Freedom Chair

2008

Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Fund Fellowship

2007-2009

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Course Grant

2007

MIT Alumni Sponsored Funding Opportunities Grant

2006

MIT Public Service Center Independent Fellowship

2006

MIT Public Service Center Independent Fellowship

2005

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention

2005

MIT 2.810 “Manufacturing Processes and Systems” RC Car Race Winner

2004

Tufts Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship

2003

Tufts Varsity Football Letter Winner

2001, 2002

 
PATENTS
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “Method and Apparatus for Penetrating Particulate Substrates.” Patent application no. 12455392, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C. Utility filed June 1, 2009.
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “The Leveraged Freedom Chair: a Low-Cost, Globally-Manufacturable, Variable-Speed Mobility Aid Designed for Use on Varied Terrain in Developing and Developed Countries.” Provisional patent filed October 29, 2009.
 
PUBLICATIONS 
  • A.G. Winter, V., et al. “The Leveraged Freedom Chair: a reinvention of the wheelchair for the developing world,” 2010. (In preparation)
  • A.G. Winter, V., R.L.R. Deits, D.L. Dorsch, A.E. Hosoi, A.H. Slocum. “The design, testing, and performance of a burrowing robot inspired by the digging mechanisms of Atlantic razor clams,” 2010. (In preparation)
  • A.G. Winter, V., J. Ludovic, R.L.R. Deits, A.E. Hosoi, W. Losert. “The mechanics of localized fluidization burrowing,” 2010. (In preparation)
  • A.G. Winter, V., A.E. Hosoi. “Localized fluidization burrowing mechanics of Ensis directus,” 2010 (In preparation)
  • S. Jung, A.G. Winter, A.E. Hosoi. “Dynamics of animals digging into wet soil,” 2010. (Submitted)
  • A.G. Winter, V., R.L.R. Deits, D.L. Dorsch, A.E. Hosoi, A.H. Slocum. “Razor Clam to RoboClam: Burrowing Drag Reduction Mechanisms and their Robotic Adaptation,” 2010. (In preparation)
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “Multi-substrate burrowing performance and constitutive modeling of RoboClam: a biomimetic robot based on razor clams.” ASME IDETC 2010. Paper# DETC2010-29060. (Accepted)
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “The Design and Fabrication of the East African Trial Leveraged Freedom Chair,” 2010 RESNA Conference. (Accepted)
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “The Leveraged Freedom Chair: A Wheelchair Designed for Developing Countries.” Student Design Competition, 2009 RESNA Conference. (extended abstract and poster)
  • Winter V, A.G., et al. “The Leveraged Freedom Chair: A Wheelchair Designed for Developing Countries.” Extended Abstract, 2009 RehabMove Conference Proceedings.
  • Winter V, A.G., R. Hotchkiss. “Mechanical Principles of Wheelchair Design.” 2006.
  • Winter V, A.G. “Design of fluid film journal bearings containing continuous 3D fluid pathways which are formed by wrapping a sheet containing 2D through-cut features.” Master’s Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, June 2005.
  • Szczesny, S.E., Winter V, A.G. “Design of a Gimbaled Compliant Mechanism Stage for Precision Motion and Dynamic Control in Z, θX & θY Directions.” ASME DETC 2004. (paper and presentation)
 
INVITED TALKS
  • A.G. Winter, V. “The MIT Mobility Lab and the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC),” ASME Engineering for the Developing World Summit, National Academy of Sciences, Mar. 16, 2010.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “The Leveraged Freedom Chair: A Developing Country Wheelchair,” World Health Innovation and Technology Congress, Extremely Affordable Health Innovations, Nov. 10, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Biologically-Inspired Methods for Burrowing and Anchoring into Undersea Substrates,” Tufts University Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series, Oct. 29, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Projects and programs from the MIT Mobility Lab,” Young Leaders for Social Change section, Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Summit, Yale University, April 18, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Biologically Inspired Mechanisms for Burrowing and Anchoring,” poster presentation and RoboClam demonstration, Battelle Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH, Feb. 4, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Wheelchair Programs at MIT,” Pan African Wheelchair Builders Association Congress, Moshi, Tanzania, September 19, 2007.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Biologically Inspired Mechanisms for Burrowing and Anchoring,” poster presentation, Battelle National Security Division Internal R&D Conference, Columbus, OH, June 13, 2007.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries,” Friday Speaker Series at the Sustainable International Development Programs, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, February 16, 2007.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Redesigning the Wheelchair,” presentation at the MIT International Development Forum, April 24, 2006.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Robots that operate in extreme environments: deep sea AUVs and BattleBots,” presentation for elementary school students at Camp Robotech, Nashua, NH, August 6, 2003.
  • A.G. Winter, V. Guest speaker during Access Exeter, a summer program for high school students, Cambridge, MA, June 25, 2003. 
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Using LEGOs to Teach Engineering Principles to Elementary School Students,” Elementary school teacher training at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, June 28, 2001.  
 
PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS
  • A.G. Winter, et al. “The design, testing, and performance of RoboClam, a robot inspired by the burrowing mechanisms of Atlantic razor clams (Ensis directus),” presentation, 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, Minneapolis, MN, November 22, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, A.E. Hosoi, “Drag reducing fluidization mechanisms employed by burrowing razor clams (Ensis directus),” poster presentation, Dynamics Days 2009, San Diego, CA, January 10, 2009.
  • A.G. Winter, A.E. Hosoi, “Drag reduction mechanisms employed by burrowing razor clams (Ensis directus),” presentation, 61st Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, San Antonio, TX, November 23, 2008.
  • A.G. Winter, et al. “Leveraged Freedom Chair: A Wheelchair Designed for Developing Countries,” poster presentation, Bioengineering Applications to Address Global Heath, Duke University, November 6-7, 2008.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Biologically Inspired Mechanisms for Burrowing and Anchoring in Soft Undersea Substrates,” poster presentation, A Day of Locomotion, Harvard University, October 16, 2007.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries,” presentation at the MIT Small-Talks Student Seminar Series, October 4, 2006.
  • Winter V, A. G. “Fluid Film Bearings Requiring No Precision Machining Processes, Formed by Wrapping 2D sheets,” poster presentation, ASPE 19th Annual Meeting 2004.
  • A.G. Winter, V. “Building a LEGO ROV using the Mindstorms Robotics Kit,” Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute intern presentations, Moss Landing, CA, August 23, 2001.
 
 
 
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