Ronald F. GibsonRonald F. Gibson
Distinguished Research Professor

Ph.D. 1975, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
MS 1971, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
BS 1965, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Phone: (775) 784-1489
Fax: (775) 784-1701
Office: Palmer Engineering, Room 200E
E-mail: ronaldgibson@unr.edu
Detailed resume (PDF format)
Address: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MS-312, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV 89557

Research/outreach areas

  • Applied mechanics, mechanics of composite materials and structures, design and manufacturing of composite structures, characterization of energy absorbing materials, mechanics of multifunctional materials and nanocomposites .

Relevant past experience

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Wayne State University (1989-2008); Interim Chair, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Wayne State University (2004-2005); Visiting Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University (2001); Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, Wayne State University (1996); Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho (1984-1989); Visiting Professor, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Michigan State University (1987-1988); Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho (1981-1984); Summer Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center (1981); Visiting Associate Professor, Center for Advanced Composites, University of Florida (1980-1981); Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho (1978-1980); Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Iowa State University (1975-1978); Consulting Engineer, Union Carbide Corp., Nuclear Division, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1972-1984); Development Engineer, Union Carbide Corporation, Nuclear Division, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1965-1972).

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Society for Composites (2005)
  • Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Award, Wayne State University (2002)
  • Vice President, American Society for Composites (2002-203)
  • President, American Society for Composites (2004-2005)
  • Best Academic Paper Award,ESD/SAE Advanced Composites Conf., Detroit, MI (1998)
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Wayne State University (1996).
  • Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Award (1996)
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1994)
  • Charles DeVlieg Professorship, ME Dept., Wayne State University (1993-1996)
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Idaho (1987)
  • Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, University of Idaho (1985)
  • Hetenyi Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics, Best Research Paper (1979)

Career Overview

Before coming to the University of Nevada-Reno, Dr. Gibson was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Advanced Composites Research Laboratory at Wayne State University. His industrial/government experience includes service as Development Engineer for Union Carbide Corporation, Nuclear Division and as a summer faculty fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center. He has also held faculty positions at Iowa State University and The University of Idaho, as well as visiting faculty positions at Stanford University, the University of Florida and Michigan State University. He has over 36 years of experience in composite materials research and education and has published a textbook entitled Principles of Composite Material Mechanics (Second Edition – CRC Press, 2007), along with numerous refereed journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Composites, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and the Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering. His current research interests include mechanical characterization of composite materials and structures, noise and vibration control with composites, design and manufacturing of composite structures, characterization of energy absorbing materials, multifunctional materials and nanocomposites.


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