Dick Warder is Dean Emeritus of the Herff College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and the MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Warder began his teaching career at Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor after completing his doctorate. He subsequently served as the Manager of Energy Processes Research for the Space Sciences Laboratories of Litton Industries in Beverly Hills, California and then joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1968. During 1974-76 while on leave from Missouri, he served as Head of the Resources Section in the Division of Advanced Energy and Resources Research and Technology of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also taught part-time at George Washington University while at NSF. Prior to joining Memphis as Dean of the Herff College of Engineering in 1994, he served for 26 years as a faculty member, James C. Dowell Professor and Chairman of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Missouri. He has extensive consulting experience with academia, industry and government, including an assignment with the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Offices of the President.
In addition to the usual Who’s Who listings, Warder is a Fellow of ASME and AAAS and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He previously served on the ASEE Engineering Dean’s Public Policy and Data Collection Committees and serves on the ASME Committee on Engineering Accreditation and continues to serve as a team chair for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET on both domestic and international visits. He also is a long-time member of ASEE, AIAA and the American Physical Society. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Tennessee and previously served on the Board of Governors of the National Society of Professional Engineers Sustaining Universities Program. He has published extensively, including co-authoring one research monograph and has guided the scholarship of over 50 Honor’s, Masters and Doctoral students. His research has been supported by the NSF, Army, Air Force, NASA, and the private sector.