University of Michigan professor to speak on defining principles in tribology

Published: Jan 8, 2013 3:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick, stashml@auburn.edu , 334-844-3591

Ken Ludema, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, will present the challenges of defining friction and wear in a talk titled “The Problem with Simplifying Assumptions in Tribology” on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. in 1409 Wiggins Hall. The seminar is hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Tribology and Lubrication Science minor.

Ludema’s research in friction, wear and lubrication led him to establish the international Conference on Wear of Materials. He previously taught materials engineering and manufacturing processes at the University of Michigan. Ludema holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree at Calvin College.