Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 153
Phone: +1-508-831-5181

Charles L. Innis

Charles Innis holds three degrees in Mechanical Engineering - BSME (minor in History) 1965, MSME 1967, both from UMass Amherst; PhD ME 1975 from WPI. He worked for two years testing submarine components at Electric Boat in Groton, CT from 1967 - 1969 before returning to school at WPI in 1969, where he was R.R. Hagglund's first PhD candidate. He held various jobs while working on his dissertation, including teaching at UConn Storrs (1972 – 1973), which he thoroughly enjoyed. He joined Morgan's Rolling Mill Division in 1973 as a design engineer, spent 1978 at Worcester Controls (valve actuators) when Morgan was slow, and was senior research engineer in MORGOIL from 1979 - 2001.

He has presented and published a number of papers and holds 9 patents based on his work at Morgan. After Morgan, he was a design engineer at Warren Pumps in Warren MA from 2001 - 2004 and an auxiliaries engineer at Babcock Power (Riley Stoker) in Worcester (2005 – 2009) before starting at WPI as a full time adjunct assistant professor in 2010. The courses he has taught at WPI include Heat Transfer (ES3003), Statics (ES2501), Dynamics (ES2503), and Stress Analysis (ES2502).

Professor Innis enjoys sharing his years of industrial experience with students and faculty in various courses and conversations. He feels that this adds another dimension to the theories presented, showing how they can be used to bring about more successful results. The exciting part of engineering is taking theory, generating new ideas, and transforming those ideas into usable results, from algorithms, to patents, to new generations of products with new levels of performance.

Research Interests

  • Mechanics
  • Tribology
  • Seals
  • Reliability prediction


  • BSME, UMass Amherst, 1965
  • MSME, UMass Amherst, 1967
  • PhD, WPI, 1975

Featured Publications

  • “Performance of Oil-Film Roll Neck Bearings in Rolling Mills”, AISE Annual Convention, Pittsburgh PA, 28 September 1995.
  • “Application of Back-up Roll Bearing Technology – Kaiser Continuous 5 Stand Cold Mill”, Rolling Assembly Technology Seminar, The Aluminum Association, Chicago IL, 5 November 1987.
  • “Oil Film Roll-Neck Bearings for High-Speed, High-Performance Rolling”, Nonferrous Metals Council, ASLE Annual Meeting, Houston TX, 25 April 1983.
  • “Oil Film Bearing Technology of the ‘80’s”, The Metals Society, University of Aston, Birmingham, England, 25 March 1982.
  • US Patent 4,944,609 Oil Film Bearing and Bushing
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