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Engineering educator and consultant

William Claypool Lyons, American engineering educator and consultant. Achievements include patents for drilling devices. Recipient Energy Innovation award United States Department Energy, 1988, 50th Anniversary award for professional achievement New Mexico Society Professional Engineers, 1997.


Lyons, William Claypool was born on November 26, 1937 in Bronxville, New York, United States. Son of Thomas Edward and Lucile (Marks) Lyons.


Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1961. Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1965.


Junior engineer Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1961-1962. Instructor University Kansas, Lawrence, 1962-1964. Postdoctoral fellow Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1964-1965.

Staff member Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, 1965-1969. Assistant group leader Los Alamos (New Mexico) National Laboratory, 1969-1976. Technical assistant to director United States Energy Research and Development Administration/Fuel Cycle, Germantown, Maryland, 1976-1977.

President Rift Pneumatics Inc., Farmington, New Mexico, 1977-1980. Professor New Mexico Institute Mining Technology, Socorro, since 1977. Adjunct professor University New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1966-1968.

Research fellow Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 1963-1964. Distinguished visiting professor United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, 1993-1994.


  • Achievements include patents for drilling devices.



Soccer referee National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1975-1985. With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1955-1961. Som. American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Society Petroleum Engineers, American Society Engineering Education, New Mexico Society Professional Engineers, since 1998, governor for Professor Engineers in Engineering, Educated.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, skiing, writing.


Married Alahna Carter Weller, February 25, 1961 (divorced July 1980). Children: Andrew W., Terrence W., Dale W.

Thomas Edward Lyons

Lucile (Marks) Lyons

Alahna Carter Weller

Andrew W. Lyons

Terrence W. Lyons

Dale W. Lyons