Title: Aeronautical Engineer, Educator
Location: Sherman, Texas, United States
Dr. Donald T. Ward, Aeronautical Engineer and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for his dedication, achievements, and leadership.
As a child, Dr. Ward used his allowance money to buy model airplane kits. His mother thought it was a waste of money, so he promised her that he would make airplanes for the rest of his life. He went on to attend Arlington State College, earning an Associate of Engineering. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1958. Later, he furthered his education with a Master’s in astronautics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology and a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Mississippi State University. During his years as a student, Dr. Ward additionally served in the military. He retired from his service with the United States Air Force in 1981 as an O-6.
In the years following his military retirement, Dr. Ward began working in education. From 1981 until he retired from education in 2000, he served as a professor at the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. He additionally worked as the department head of the Research Institute within the university. Further, he has contributed to myriad articles in professional journals and co-authored two textbooks on flight test engineering. An active member in his professional community, he maintains affiliation with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Society of Flight Test Engineers, as well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Civically, Dr. Ward spent ten years as a participant in his local community’s airport board in Comanche County, Texas. He has additionally provided his services as a consultant to Lockheed, E-Systems, and the NASA Johnson Space Center. Out of his many career highlights, Dr. Ward was most honored by winning the Mechanic Trophy as a top graduate of the British Test Pilot School. To this day, only four Americans have won the award and Dr. Ward is among them, which is what makes this such an accomplishment. Personally, he considers his 65 year marriage to be among his greatest achievements. He adores his children and grandchildren, five of whom went on to become teachers. In the future, Dr. Ward looks forward to spending as much time with his loved ones as possible.
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