Robert L. Norton

Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professor Manufacturing

After earning undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial technology at Northeastern University and an MS in engineering design at Tufts Uni­versity, Robert Norton spent more than 20 years in industry and academia before joining the WPI faculty in 1981. He is head of the Design Group in WPI’s Mechanical Engi­neering Department and director of the Gillette Project Center in Boston. His scholarship has resulted in 13 patents, numerous journal articles and technical papers on such topics as kinematics, dynamics of machinery, and cam design, and eight engineering design software packages. He is the author of three textbooks that have been translated into five languages. He has earned numerous awards, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Machine Design Award in 2002. He was elected a fellow of ASME in 1997 and named U.S. Professor of the Year for Massachusetts by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2007. At WPI, where he also holds the Morgan Distinguished Instructorship, he received the Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005.

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