Gary Barber, Ph.D.

Gary Barber, Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineering Department
326 EC; (248) 370-2184; Fax: (248) 370-4416

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1987 

  • Joined Oakland University in 1990
  • 1989-90 - Senior Technology Engineer, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1987-89 - Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Associate Editor - Lubrication Engineering
  • Member of STLE and SME
  • Certified Professional Engineer (Michigan)
  • Research grant from Eaton Corporation
  • Research grant from Ford Motor Company


  • Properties of Materials
  • Material Properties and Processes
  • Lubrication, Friction and Wear
  • Machine Design


  • Director, Automotive Tribology Center
  • Tribology of Engine Cylinder Kits
  • Engine Valve Wear
  • Effect of Tool Wear on the Surface Topography of Machined Surfaces

Selected Publications

1. “Scuffing Behavior of Gray Iron and 1080 steel in Reciprocating and Rotational
Sliding,” Journal of Wear of Materials Conference, 2011

2. “Effect of Material Microstructure on Scuffing Behavior of Ferrous Alloys,” SAE
Congress, 2011

3. “Investigation of Scuffing Resistance of Heat Treated 8625 Alloy Steel Under
Lubricated Conditions,” SAE Congress, 2011

4. “Numerical Investigation of Temperature Distribution in a Bolted Joint for
Different Bolt and Workpiece Material Combinations,” STLE Annual Meeting,

5. “Evaluation of the Convective Heat Transfer Coefficient for Minimum Quantity
Lubrication,” Journal of Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, 2012