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Mechanical engineering educator

Harold Robert Jacobs, American mechanical engineering educator. award 1973, numerous commission Member international advisory board Russian Journal Engineering Thermophysics, 1991; member American Society for Engineering Education, American Institute Chemical Engineers (director thermal systems division 1994-1996), Sigma Xi (Outstanding Engineering Alumnus 1991).


Jacobs, Harold Robert was born on November 19, 1936 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Harold Henry and Catherine Mae (Gill) Jacobs.


Bachelor of Science cum laude, University Portland, 1958. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1965.


Engineer General Electric, San Jose, California, Hanford, Washington, 1958-1959, 60. Instructor department mechanical engineering Washington State University, Pullman, 1959-1961. Research engineer aerospace division Boeing Company, Seattle, 1961-1962, 63.

Insr. mech engineering Ohio State University, Columbus, 1963-1964. Member technical staff Aerospace Corporation, San Bernadino, California, 1964-1967. Professor department mechanical engineering University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1967-1969, from assistant professor to assoc professor, 1969-1974, professor mechanical engineering, 1974-1984, chairman fluid mechanics division College Engineering, 1974-1979, chairman applied mechanics division, 1977-1984, chairman department civil engineering, 1978-1979, associate dean research, 1981-1984.

Professor, head department Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1984-1994, professor emeritus, since 1994. Dean College Engineering, professor Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1994—1999. Chief engineer CEEMS, Bothell, Washington, since 1999.

Member summer faculty Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, 1981. Visiting professor University Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1976—1977, Imperial College, University London, 1992. Affiliate professor University Washington, Seattle, since 1999.

Consultant various corporations.


  • Achievements include patents in field.


  • Other Work

    • Member international advisory board Russian Journal Engineering Thermophysics, since 1991. Reviewer: numerous journals. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (technical editor Journal Heat Transfer 1986-1992, chairman committee heat transfer manufacturing and material processing 1991-1994, chair region III media engineering department head committee 1991-1994, chairman general papers, member numerous committees, member coordinating committee heat transfer division, chair national mechanical engineers communications 1995-1996), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate. Associate advisory council Utah section 1971-1977, treasurer 1972-1973, chairman 1974-1975, member numerous committees, Engineer of the Year award 1973). Member: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (thermal system division director 1994-1996, 2d vice chair 1998-1999, 1st vice chair 1999—2000, chair 2000-2001, past chair 2001-2002), American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Xi (Ohio State Outstanding Engineering Alumnus 1991).


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, sailing, reading, hunting.


Married Georgene Kirkpatrick, August 26, 1961. Children: Sara Catherine, Harold Robert, Kenneth Patrick.

Harold Henry Jacobs

Catherine Mae (Gill) Jacobs

Georgene Kirkpatrick

Harold Robert Jacobs

Kenneth Patrick Jacobs

Sara Catherine Jacobs