Bachelor of Engineering cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1954. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University Missouri, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1966.
With, Chance Vought Company, Dallas, 1959-1960; With, Hayes Aircraft Company, Birmingham, Alabama, 1960-1961; With, Brown Engineering Company, Huntsville, Alabama, 1961-1962; With, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, 1962-1966; design specialist, General Dynamics Company, Fort Worth, 1966-1972; chief structures engineer, Bucyrus Erie Company, Milwaukee, 1972-1978; professor civil and mechanic engineering, dean Herff College Engineering, Memphis State University, 1978-1987; Herff professor structural mechanics, Memphis State University, since 1987.
Served with United States Navy, 1956-1959. Member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, Association for Computing Machinery, Memphis Engineers Club.
Married Mary Bea Rychlik, June 6, 1956. 1 daughter, Lynnette Layne.