Bob Balmer

Robert Balmer

  • Professor Emerit, Mechanical Engineering

Balmer is the author of more than 60 articles on a variety of engineering and pedagogical topics.  His current research includes mathematical modeling of complex fluids, the study of electrostatic energy generation in moving dielectric materials, and the study of postmodern educational paradigms. He is the author of two engineering textbooks.


  • BSE University of Michigan  Mechanical Engineering, 1961
  • BSE University of Michigan  Engineering Mathematics, 1964
  • MSE University of Michigan  Mechanical Engineering, 1963
  • SCD University of Virginia  Mechanical Engineering, 1968
  • NATO Visiting Professor, University of Naples, Italy 1968 – 1969

Research Focus

  • Electrostatic charge generation in flowing dielectric fluids


Author of over 60 articles on a variety of engineering and pedagogical topics, and published an engineering Thermodynamics textbook (Elsevier, 2011) and is co-author of a freshman Exploring Engineering textbook (Elsevier, 2006).

Honors and Awards

  • Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Societies
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Award
  • Outstanding Educator of America, 1975
  • CEAS Outstanding Instructor Award, 1971, 72, 88
  • UWM Mortar Board Last Lecture Series Speaker, 1984
  • Who's Who in the Midwest: 20-22nd eds., 1986, 87, 88
  • Who's Who in Technology Today, 5th and 6th ed., 1987, 88
  • ASEE 1991 Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award

Community Involvement:

Board of Directors - Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee.