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Mechanical Engineering

Buford E. Gatewood


In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Buford E. Gatewood graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1935 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1937 and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1939, both from The University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Gatewood was a member of the Mathematics Department faculty at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute from 1939-1942. He worked with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation from 1942-1946 and with Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1946-1947. He was a member of the faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology from 1947-1960. From 1960, until his retirement in 1978, he was Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Ohio State University.

Dr. Gatewood’s research work and publications centered on thermal stresses and inelastic structures for flight vehicle structures. He is the author of two books: Thermal Stresses, published in 1957, and Virtual Principles in Aircraft Structures, two volumes published in 1989. During his career, he consulted on structural design and analysis, structural fatigue, dynamics problems, and thermal problems with various companies.

In 1993, Dr. Gatewood gave Louisiana Tech University a substantial endowment for use in providing scholarships to students in Mechanical Engineering.