Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University, 1947. Master of Science, Colorado State University, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1959.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization postdoctoral fellow, Cambridge University, England, 1962.
Member of faculty, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, since 1947;
professor charge fluid mechanics and wind engineering program, also director Fluid Dynamics and Diffusion Laboratory, Colorado State University, 1960-1985;
university distinguished professor, Colorado State University, since 1986;
chairman engineering science major program, Colorado State University, 1963-1972;
president, director, Colorado State University (Research Foundation), 1965-1972;
president, Cermak Peterka Petersen Inc., since 1982. Consultant in field; member board members University Corporation Atmospheric Research, 1966-1967. President, chairman 10th Midwestern Mechanics Conference, 1966-1967.
Director summer institute fluid mechanics National Science Foundation, 1963, 65, 68, 72. Chairman 2d United States National Conference Wind Engineering Research, 1975, 5th International Conference Wind Engineering, 1979. Founding member, president Wind Engineering Research Council, Inc., 1979-1985.
Co-chairman United States-Japan Seminar Laboratory Simulation of Stratified Shear Flows. Co-director North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advanced Study Institute, 1993. Member Colorado Governor's Science and Technology Advisory Council, Committee on Army Basic Research, National Research Council, 1979-1983.
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate), American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary. Chairman engineering mechanics division 1965, chairman wind effects committee structural division 1991, chairman aerodynamics committee aerospace division 2004, Ernest E. Howard award, 2002, Jack E. Cermak medal established 2002, Robert H. Scanlan medal 2004), American Academy Mechanics. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Freeman scholar 1974, distinguished lecturer 1987-1989), American Society of Heating (member committee flow around buildings), National Society of Professional Engineers (Outstanding Professional Achievement award), Air and Waste Management Association, American Society Engineering Education (chairman mechanics division, Senior Research award 1987), National Academy Engineering (chairman committee natural disasters, chairman panel on wind engineering research), International Association Wind Engineering (chairman board 1975-1979, regional secretary North America and South America since 1983), American Meteorological society, American Geophysical Union, Institution Civil engineers (Scruton lecturer 1995), New York Academy of Sciences, Rotary, Sigma Xi (national lecturer 1976-1977), Chi Epsilon.
Married Helen Jane Carlson, December 17, 1949. Children: Douglas Karl, Jonathan Joel.