Student, Murray State School Agriculture, 1941-1943; Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, U. Oklahoma, 1944; Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1947; Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, Urbana, 1956.
Research associate mechanic engineering, University of Illinois, 1947-1954; assistant professor mechanic engineering, U. Washington, 1954-1957; associate professor, U. Washington, 1957-1961; professor, U. Washington, 1961-1986; department chairman mechanic engineering, U. Washington, 1973-1980; professor emeritus, U. Washington, since 1986.
Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Member American Society Engineering Education (Fellow Members award 1992), American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics.
Married Marian Elsa Tolbert, 1952. Children– Robert Edward, Mary Evelynne, Ruth Esther, Amy Elsmere.