BA, State University of New York at Buffalo; MS, Ph.D., Cornell University
Dr. Stephen Boedo received the B.A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Dr. Boedo has also served as a Visiting 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 engine and compressor bearings, the nonlinear behavior of fluid-film rotors, and the lubrication of artificial human joints. Experimental and numerical studies pertaining to the tribological characteristics of MEMS bearing systems and spherical bearings for optical polishing applications have also been part of Dr. Boedo’s research agenda.
Dr. Boedo serves as the course coordinator for advanced strength of materials, mechanics of solids, finite elements, and lubrication. Outside of RIT, Dr. Boedo currently serves as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Tribology.