Francis E. Kennedy Jr.

Professor of Engineering, Emeritus

Research Interests

Surface mechanics and tribology (friction, wear, lubrication, surface deformation); mechanical design; mechanical behavior of materials; biomechanics


  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1963
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University 1965
  • PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1973


  • Mayo D. Hersey Award (ASME) 2012
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow elected 1997
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Fellow elected 1994

Professional Activities

  • Editor, ASME Journal of Tribology (1993-1998)
  • Associate Editor, Applied Mechanics Reviews, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers International Journal, Tribology International, Industrial Lubrication and Tribology
  • Division Chair, Section Chair, Committee Chair or Conference Chair, ASME, STLE, the Society of Automotive Engineers, Sigma Xi, Gordon Research Conference on Tribology, and the Fulbright Advisory Committee for Engineering
  • Member, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi member, Tau Beta Pi honorary societies
  • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Visiting Research Scientist, Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (Romania) and AIST Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • Research Faculty Fellow, NASA/Lewis Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Visiting Research Professor, Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (Lyon,France), University of California at Berkeley, King Mongkut Institute of Technology (Ladkrabang, Thailand)