Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Ronald F. Gibson retired from the WSU Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2008, following 19 years of service. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. His industrial/government experience includes a position as Development Engineer for Union Carbide Corporation, Nuclear Division and as a Summer Faculty Fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center. He has held full time faculty positions at Iowa State University, The University of Idaho, and Wayne State University as well as visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, the University of Florida and Michigan State University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada-Reno. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society for Composites (ASC), and the Society for Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering (SAMPE). He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). He served as the President of the American Society for Composites in 2004-2005, and as Vice President during 2002-2003. His awards include the Hetenyi Award for Best Research Paper of the Year from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, the College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Idaho, the Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Award, the DeVlieg Professorship and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from Wayne State University. His publications include the widely adopted textbook Principles of Composite Material Mechanics, Fourth Edition, CRC Press, 2016, along with more than 90 refereed journal articles and 180 conference proceedings papers, most of which deal with mechanics of composite materials. His current research interests include mechanical characterization of composite materials and structures, noise and vibration control with composites, design and manufacturing of composite structures, characterization of energy absorbing materials, multifunctional materials and nanocomposites.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1975
M.S., University of Tennessee, 1971
B.S., University of Florida, 1965