Bayer earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with honor from
MTU in 1944. Three years later, he joined the MTU faculty
in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During succeeding
years he was promoted to associate professor and full professor.
He retired in 1983, after 37 years of service. In addition
to his career at MTU, he also served as an officer in the
U.S. Army combat engineering battalion in France and the Pacific
during World War II. While at Tech he served as a faculty
advisor to the MTU chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers
for more than 20 years, was instrumental in the creation of
the SAE national competitions, and was honored by SAE as a
life member in 1973. He was also active as a member of a public
transportation system research team at the Keweenaw Research
Center, a member of the Faculty Senate, was in charge of the
automotive lab in Hotchkiss Hall and designed the energetics
laboratory in the 70's, and was the University Ombudsman.
He is a member of the MTU Huskies Club, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi
and the Elks.