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Stephen Boedo

Stephen Boedo

Phone: 585-475-5214
Office: GLE/2031


Dr. Stephen Boedo received his B.A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.S in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.  He is also a general partner in the firm Tribology Associates specializing in software design and engineering consultation services pertaining to lubricated bearing systems.   Dr. Boedo has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University.

Dr. Boedo’s primary research area focuses on the development of new computational methods and new design guidelines for dynamically loaded conformal fluid-film bearing systems.  He currently studies the interaction of thin lubricant films with structurally compliant surfaces, including effects of geometric irregularity, lubricant supply, and lubricant cavitation on predicted mechanical system performance.  These analytical methods have proven useful to the understanding of automotive engine bearings, the nonlinear behavior of fluid-film rotors, and the lubrication of artificial human joints. Experimental studies pertaining to the tribological characteristics of MEMS bearing systems are also part of Dr. Boedo’s research agenda.   

Dr. Boedo serves as the course coordinator for machine design, computer-aided design, and lubrication.  For more about Dr. Boedo see his website:


Selected Recent Publications

Boedo, S., “A Hybrid Mobility Solution Approach for Dynamically Loaded Misaligned Journal Bearings,” ASME Journal of Tribology (forthcoming).

Boedo, S. (2011), “Mass Conserving Cavitation Effects in Squeeze-Film Journal Bearings Subjected to Sinusoidal Loads,” STLE Tribology Transactions, 54, 21-35.

Demiri, S., Boedo, S., and Grande, W.J. (2010), “Conformality Effects on the Wear of Low-Speed, Large Aspect Ratio Silicon Journal Microbearings,” Wear, 268, 361-372.

Boedo, S., and Booker, J.F. (2009), “Dynamics of Offset Journal Bearings—Revisited,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, 223, 359-369, 606-607.

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