University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

In memoriam: Barney Klamecki (1943-2017)


The Department of Mechanical Engineering mourns the passing of Professor Barney Klamecki, one of our most beloved faculty members. Professor Klamecki passed away suddenly on December 5th 2017.

Professor Klamecki was an expert in manufacturing processes. He received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame University, and his Master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1985.

A dedicated teacher and highly respected scholar, Professor Klamecki's primary research was in the friction, wear, and lubrication of manufacturing processes. His early work was on wood and metal cutting where he was the first person to use the finite element method to model chip formation in cutting. He later branched out into adjacent areas including entropy theory of material deformation, acoustic emission, sensors for manufacturing, magnetic treatment of cutting materials, hard disk polishing, sheet metal forming, computer aided design for dental restoration and elastomeric seal modeling.

Professor Klamecki will be remembered for his positive personality, his willingness to serve his department and the University of Minnesota in any capacity, and for his inspiring humor. We will miss hearing about how he helped the Gophers football team to a winning season as an honorary coach, and the latest story from "the world's greatest granddaughter."

A memorial service for Professor Klamecki will be held:

Thursday, June 28th, 2018, 4pm
Prospect Park United Methodist Church,
22 Orlin Ave., SE, Minneapolis MN
Church phone: 612-378-2380