Eliot Winer, Ph.D., is the director of the Virtual Reality Application Center at Iowa State University and a professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. Dr. Winer has over 20 years of experience working in virtual reality and 3D computer graphics technologies on sponsored projects for the Department of Defense, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of the Army, National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, Boeing, John Deere, and the Federal Highway Administration.


State University of New York, Buffalo, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 1999

Title: Development of Visualization Techniques as an Aid in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Advisor: Dr. Christina L. Bloebaum

State University of New York, Buffalo, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Title: Numerical Analysis of the Rayleigh Problem for the Interior of a Torus
Advisor: Dr. William Rae

The Ohio State University, B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1992

Honors and Awards

State University of New York Research Foundation Promising Inventor’s Award, 2003
Who’s Who Among Graduate Students in America, 2000
Academic All Big Ten Conference, 1988-1992
Ohio State Scholar Athlete, 1988-1992
Mortar Board Senior Honor Society (Social Chairperson), 1991-1992
ASICS Men’s Volleyball Division | All-American, 1992
Ohio State Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player, 1992

Areas of Interest

  • Internet Technology for Large-Scale Collaborative Design
  • Medical Imaging
  • Analysis and Visualization
  • Multidisciplinary Design Synthesis
  • Computer Aided Design and Graphics
  • Applications in Optimal Design
  • Scientific Visualization
  • Virtual Reality Modeling for Large-Scale Design