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Charles W. Bert, Ph.D.

Charles W. Bert, Ph.D. PhotoCharles W. Bert, Ph.D.
TitlePerkinson Chair/G.L. Cross Research Professor Emeritus
ExpertiseMechanical and aerospace engineering (structures, solid mechanics, composite materials, vibration)
Current OrganizationThe University of Oklahoma, Norman, School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Type of OrganizationUniversity
Major ProductHigher education and research
Area of DistributionOklahoma, USA and International
University/DegreeB.S.M.E., 1951; M.S.M.E., 1956, The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., 1961, The Ohio State University
BornNovember 11, 1929, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Honors & AwardsPressure Vessels & Piping Literature Award, American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) Distinguished Research Award, Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, Ohio State and Penn State; Member, Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering), Sigma Gamma Tau (aerospace engineering), Tau Beta Pi (engineering), Sigma Xi (science)
Published Works700+ papers and presentations
AffiliationsFellow of: AAM (President 2002-03), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society for Composites (also former Director), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Engineering Science (also former Director), Society for Experimental Mechanics (also former Associate Editor, Experimental Mechanics Journal); Member: American Society for Engineering Education, National and Oklahoma Societies of Professional Engineers; Licensed Professional Engineer, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania; Editorial Board Member: 6 journals
Hobbies & SportsFamily, travel, paperweight collector, avid football and basketball fan
Career AccomplishmentsOriginated various data reduction techniques for experiments on composites; performed first analyses of static and dynamic performance of composite-material sandwich structures; directed 60+ theses and dissertations
Work HistoryAssociate Professor through Professor (1963-2004), Director (1972-77 & 1990-95), School/AME, U.OK; Principal Mechanical Engineer through Program Director (1956-63), Battelle Columbus Labs; Aerospace Design Engineer, Fairchild Aircraft, Hagerstown, MD (1954-56); Project Officer (Lt., USAF), Air Force Armament Center, Eglin AFB, FL (1952-54)
Military ServiceAF Reserve, 2nd Lt. through Capt., 1951-63
ChildrenCharles, 44; David, 41
SpouseCharlotte (Davis) Bert
MarriedJune 29, 1957
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