Legacy of Action:
Dr. Klaus Weinmann
Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Wienmann came to Michigan Tech in 1970 and was Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineer-ing - Engineering Mechanics from 1993-1997.
Dr. Klaus Weinmann passed away on November 3, 2010 while on a vacation cruise with his wife in the Galapagos Islands. His family has established a scholarship fund in Dr. Weinmann's name for students studying Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech. At their request the funds can be used for graduate students and undergraduate stu-dents.
Please contact either Kathy in the Department (906-487-2911) or the Michigan Tech Fund (906-487-3626) for information about the scholarship fund.
Article by Marcia Goodrich in Tech Today November 9, 2010
Klaus J. Weinmann, former chair of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, passed away Wednesday while on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
Weinmann, who led the ME-EM department from 1993 to 1997, came to Michigan Tech in 1970. He was the director of the Manufacturing/Industrial Area and focused his research on manufacturing engineering and metal forming.
"In the field of manufacturing and industrial engineering, he did everything he could to make the department internationally known," said Professor Sudhakar Pandit (ME-EM). "Thanks to him, we now have a good number of faculty who are very successful in that area."
"He was especially good at manufacturing engineering, and did a lot to raise the department's awareness of the importance of manufacturing," said Adjunct Professor William Shapton (ME-EM). "He was also an internationally known expert in metal forming and was very well thought of in Europe."
Weinmann retired in 2003 but continued to work as a research professor at Michigan Tech and as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He lived in California with his wife, Sigrid Weinmann, a professor emeritus of humanities.
"Klaus was very affectionate and a very principled person," Pandit remembers. "He would try to help anyone he could. He was also very proud of the department and represented it well to the upper administration."
Weinmann's family came to the US from East Germany, Pandit said. "That gave him a global outlook, and he was very helpful, particularly to international students and faculty."
Weinmann enjoyed sharing his German heritage. He and Sigrid often invited the German Club to their home, Shapton said. "We went to several Oktoberfests," Pandit remembers.
Weinmann was elected a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and CIRP, an international organization devoted to production science and technology. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, where he earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering.