Title: Aerospace Engineer
Company: The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Byron Tapley, Aerospace Engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering mechanics.
Interested in the field of engineering at an early age, Dr. Tapley first pursued it academically. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1956. He continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science and a PhD in engineering mechanics in 1958 and 1960. He began working at the university prior to receiving his undergraduate degree, working as an engineer at the Structural Mechanics Research Laboratory. Dr. Tapley has remained a faculty member of his alma mater throughout his career and is currently the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the Director of the Center for Space Research. In addition, he has consistently taught at the institution since 1960.
Dr. Tapley has received a number of award accolades throughout his career in recognition of his contributions. In 2018, he received the Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is NASA’s highest honor award to any non-government individual who has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of the United States’ interests. He has also received such accolades as the Charles A. Whitten Medal from the American Geophysical Union and the Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronautical Society. Furthermore, he has received fellowships from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Geophysical Union. In his career, Dr. Tapley has also been held executive level positions with the American Geophysical Union and the American Astronautical Society. Furthermore, Dr. Tapley has been the associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Journal of Guidance and Control. He edited Celestial Mechanical Journal and is the author of “Statistical Orbit Determination.”
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