Title: Mechanical Engineer
Location: McLean, Virginia, United States
Dr. Richard V. Shanklin III, Mechanical Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mechanical engineering.
As a child, Dr. Shanklin was always interested in how things worked. His maternal grandfather was a mining engineer who he greatly admired. He was inspired to follow in his footsteps from a young age. After completing graduate prep school at Virginia Episcopal School in 1955, he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Duke University. By 1965, Dr. Shanklin acquired a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, proceeding to earn a Doctor of Philosophy from the aforementioned institution in 1971.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Shanklin upheld many respected positions. He began his career in 1959 at Philips Petroleum Company in Texas, where he gained experience as an engineering assistant until 1960. That year, he became an associate engineer at Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. Remaining there for two years, Dr. Shanklin moved on to become a design engineer for Aro Inc., the chief engineer at J. B. Dicks & Associates and, later, the assistant director of MHD Division of Energy Research and Development Administration. From 1995 until 2018, he excelled as a consulting mechanical engineer. Further, he shared his professional insights with the public by authoring various papers and reports in his field. As a testament to his success, Dr. Shanklin received multiple special achievement awards from the Energy Research and Development Administration, as well as the Westinghouse Silver Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1976.
Unfortunately, in 2018, Dr. Shanklin passed away at the age of 80. He left behind an immeasurably-prestigious professional reputation. When he was not working, he loved to read and travel internationally. Further, Dr. Shanklin loved to spend time with his family. He and his wife, Margaret, share two children and five grandchildren.
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