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Mechanical engineering educator

John Frank Foss, American mechanical engineering educator. Sloan fellow John Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1970-1971; Alexander von Humboldt fellow University Karlsruhe, Federal Republic Germany, 1978-1979, University Erlangen, Federal Republic Germany, 1985-1986, research fellow University Melbourne, Australia, 1995.


Foss, John Frank was born on March 24, 1938 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Maurice Felker and C. Catharine (Reynard) Foss.


Student, Wilmington College, 1956—1958. Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, 1961. Master of Science, Purdue University, 0162.

Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1965.


Member faculty Michigan State University, East Lansing, since 1964, associate professor mechanical engineering, 1968-1975, professor, since 1975. Owner, president Digital Flow Technologies, Inc., Michigan, since 1994. Director fluid dynamics & hydraulics program National Science Foundation, 1998-2000.

Consultant McDonnel Douglas Helicopter Company, Ford Motor Company, Board Water and Light, Lansing, Tranter Corporation, United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut.



Member Oaks Recreation Program staff, 1976-1978. Moderator Edgewood United Church, 1975-1977. Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Professors, American Society Engineering Education, American Physical Society (member executive committee division fluid dynamics 2003-2006), Society Scholars Johns Hopkins University, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma.


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Married Jacqueline Kay Voss, July 24, 1960. Children: Judith Kathleen, Janette Diane.

Maurice Felker Foss

C. Catharine (Reynard) Foss

Jacqueline Kay Voss

Judith Kathleen Foss

Janette Diane Foss