Fred B. Seely
Professor and Head of Department, Emeritus, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
MS, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1915
Mr. Seely joined the Department in 1909 as instructor, rose through all ranks to professor, and became head of the Department in 1934, a position he held until he retired in 1952. He made lasting contributions, in three widely used textbooks, to the enrichment of engineering education; in all writings and research he always emphasized the broader theoretical perspective of engineering. Through his stimulating teaching and his administrative leadership, he developed the creative talents of his students and staff.
For his outstanding work he was awarded the Worcester Reed Warner Medal in 1949 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for lasting contributions to engineering literature, the Lamme Medal (1950) by the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Robert H. Goddard Award by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Current as of 1966.