Legacy of Action:
Dr. Harold Lord
Professor of Engineering Mechanics
Dr. Harold Lord was born on July 12, 1931 in Clayton, Ontario and was a graduate of the Port Loring High School. He was an Army Air Force veteran serving in Germany and England during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in engineering mechanics in 1960 and a M.S. degree in 1961. He later attended Northwestern University receiving a Ph.D in mechanical engineering and astronautical science in 1966.
Following graduation he taught at the University of Maine for two years and at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario for a year. Her also worked as an environmental engineer with Bendix Systems Division and as an associate engineer with he American Research Division. In 1976-77 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton in Southampton, England.
Dr. Lord joined the engineering mechanics faculty at Michigan Tech in 1968 and during his twenty-two years at the university he was department head from 1980 to 1986. In 1986 he was on sabbatical leave to study cold regions effects on composite materials at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H.
He taught and developed a variety of engineering mechanics and mechanical engineering courses. He was acting associate chair and director of graduate studies for the department during the summer of 1968. His main areas of research included solid mechanics, mechanics of composite materials, and industrial noise control. Funded research included a State of Michigan Research Excellence Fund sponsored project entitled “Composites Manufacturing Project” and a Ford Motor Company sponsored project titled “Environmental Effects on Durability of Composite materials in Design”
His professional activities were in mechanics, education and acoustics. He was an associate member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, a founding member of the American Academy of Mechanics, a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, a past president of the Engineering Acoustics Committee, a member of the ASME Education Conference and the American Society of Composition.
Dr. Lord was a member of several honorary organizations including past president the Sigma Xi and a member of Tau Beta Phi and Pi Tau Sigma.
He wrote numerous papers and co-authored three books in the field of noise control, stress analysis, and impact of composite structures. He advised 15 masters and three Ph.D. students in those fields.
Dr. Lord was a member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church served on the church council, was chairman of the Capital Appeal Campaign and served on the Mutual Ministries Committee.
Dr. Lord passed away at age 59 on February 5, 1991.