Title: Aeronautical Engineer (Retired)
Company: Rockwell International
Location: Huntington Beach, California, United States
Phyllis Sylvia Gaylard, retired Aeronautical Engineer at Rockwell International, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aeronautical engineering.
As a high school student, Ms. Gaylard was good at mathematics and science. Her father worked in the aerospace industry and was a subscriber to Aviation Week Magazine. This piqued her interest in the field. They also lived near the airport in her neighborhood, so most school projects had to do with airplanes. While she was in the 10th grade, her father explained to her how a jet engine worked, so when she got to college, Ms. Gaylard had a clear grasp of the field. She earned a BS in engineering from the University of California Los Angeles in 1959 and in 1982, Ms. Gaylard received an MBA from Pepperdine University. Upon completion of her higher education, she became a certified engineer in training by the state of California.
The highlight of Ms. Gaylard’s career was working on the Lunar Descent Engine and running torque tests on the bolts of the engine from 1963 to 1969. She is also proud of her research on the prediction of fatigue failure in solar arrays. Ms. Gaylard’s career began in 1959, when she became a structures engineer at North America Aviation, where she remained until 1963. In 1963, she became a member of the technical staff at TRW until 1973. Ms. Gaylard is especially proud of her efforts to ensure the structural integrity of TRW’s descent engine for the Lunar Module of the Apollo program, as well as developing an improved connector for solar arrays to prevent fatigue failure, and contributing to a number of classified projects in top-secret facilities. In 1973, she took a position with Rockwell International as a member of the technical staff for a year. From there, she moved on to become a project manager for PDA Engineering from 1974 to 1985. Ms. Gaylard then went back to Rockwell International to become an engineering manager from 1985 until she retired in 1996.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Gaylard received an Achievement Award from the Soroptomist Club in 1971 and an Engineering Merit Award from the Orange County Engineering Council in 1989. She was inducted as a fellow of the Institute for Advancement Engineering in 1972, the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During her time with the Society of Women Engineers, Ms. Gaylard was a national treasurer from 1971 to 1973, a national secretary from 1973 to 1974 and a section scholarship chairman from 1982 to 1998. Furthermore, Ms. Gaylard was listed in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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