Established in 1996 by William F. Ward, Jr.; renamed in 2005 in honor of his father

WILLIAM F. WARD SR. graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1940 with a degree in engineering mechanics and served as a major in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II. After the war he joined F.X. Hooper Company, which later became part of Koppers Company, and was general manager until 1959 when he left to join the Greenwood Engineering Company. When Greenwood merged with a New Jersey company several years later, Mr. Ward decided to start his own company.

Ward Machinery was founded in 1961 in the basement of Mr. Ward’s Lutherville home. With the assistance of his wife, Virginia, he designed and built the world’s first modern rotary die cutter--the primary die-cutting method for corrugated boxes. The machine was so revolutionary that nearly every piece of it had to be individually designed and manufactured. Mr. Ward’s invention transformed box fabrication by turning out finished boxes many times faster than in the previous method of die stamping. As a result, Ward Machinery expanded rapidly and was soon known internationally as a leading producer of machinery for the corrugated paper industry. Mr. and Mrs. Ward retired in 1984 and turned the company over to their son, William F. Ward Jr., who continued the company’s commitment to quality and innovation. Mr. Ward’s love of all things mechanical carried over to his personal life as well. In the early 1970s he began building radio-controlled airplanes that he often flew in his backyard. As his interest grew so did the size of the plane. After his retirement in 1984, Mr. Ward began building a full-sized glider plane, which he flew himself seven years later. He was in the process of building a self-launching glider when he passed away in late 1991. An airplane club in Pennsylvania finished the project and later flew the plane in his honor. Mrs. Ward passed away in 1988. The Wards also have a daughter, Virginia P. Jenkins, and six grandchildren.


WILLIAM F. WARD JR. is a 1967 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering. He served in the United States Army for several years. Mr. Ward joined Ward Machinery in 1972 as foreman of the electrical shop. After several other positions, Mr. Ward became president and chief operating officer in the late 1970s. In 1984, he became chairman and CEO when his father retired and passed control of the company to him. Under his leadership, Ward Machinery upheld and expanded its reputation for developing innovative and technologically advanced solutions for the corrugated box industry. In addition, Ward Machinery supported Johns Hopkins in a variety of ways including a scholarship fund for engineering students and funding senior design projects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Ward Machinery merged with Marquip and United Container Machinery in 2002 to become MarquipWardUnited, a subsidiary of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.


JOSEPH KATZ, the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor, completed his undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University and his graduate studies at Caltech. Dr. Katz joined Johns Hopkins in 1988 as an assistant professor and has been a professor of mechanical engineering for over 10 years. In addition, he manages the Laboratory for Experimental Fluid Dynamics and is technical editor of the Journal for Fluids Engineering. Dr. Katz’s research extends over a wide range of fields, with a common theme involving experimental fluid mechanics and development of advanced diagnostics techniques, including particle image velocimetry (PIV) and holography. Other research interests include cavitation phenomena, multiphase flows, complex flow structure and turbulence within turbomachines, and flow structure and turbulence in the bottom boundary layer of the coastal ocean. Dr. Katz has also developed porous lubricated nozzles and mixing tubes for preventing wear in abrasive water jets used for cutting, and is president of Lubrijet, Inc. Lubrijet is start-up company pursuing commercialization of this innovative, cost-cutting technology. Dr. Katz is widely published and received the 2004 Fluids Engineering Award for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which recognized outstanding contributions over a period of years to the engineering profession and, in particular, to the field of fluids engineering through research, practice or teaching.