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In Memoriam

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James Adams ~ 1934-2022

John Arnold ~ 1913-1963
John Arnold was, perhaps, best known for his contributions to educational philosophy in engineering design. In an era of analytical technological revolution he was an outspoken advocate of synthesis in technology. He felt that a thorough understanding of the creative process was essential in life, and particularly in engineering. How else but by creative synthesis and daring design could mankind meet the needs and challenges of this modern age? He believed in generalism—his concept of the "ultimate designer" stressed fluency of thought and zest for technology on a broad spectrum.

Phillip Barkan ~ 1925-1996
Professor Phillip Barkan's distinguished engineering career spanned nearly 50 years, both in the private sector and in academia. He was internationally recognized as a "master design engineer" in high-speed machinery. More recently, he became internationally well known for pioneering what is probably the first and most extensive graduate curriculum on design for manufacturability and the product design process.

Ernest Gunther Chilton ~ 1919-1985

Rolf Arne Faste ~ 1943-2003
Professor Rolf Faste's interest in design process and creativity extended to all areas of design engineering, art, product and architecture, as well as to the larger concerns of design technology and society. His later scholarship was focused on the interaction between creativity and culture. He was the director of the Product Design Program, and he co-led many workshops on creativity.

Henry Otten Fuchs ~ 1907-1989
Professor Henry Fuchs was internationally recognized for his contributions to the understanding of fatigue of metals and for the development of a manufacturing process widely used to improve the resistance of metals to failure by fatigue. He was also well-known as an innovative mechanical designer and a pioneer in the use of case studies in engineering education.

Kosuke Ishii ~ 1958-2009
Professor Kos Ishii's research developed methods and tools for system design and management to improve the life-cycle quality of products and processes. He applied structured techniques to support “Design for X” decisions addressing robustness, reliability, serviceability, variety, flexibility and sustainability. His later research interests included Scenario-based Amorphous Design and Decision Analytical Scorecarding. He was a member of the Science Council of Japan and a fellow of the ASME.

Douglass J. Wilde ~ 1929-2021
Professor Doug Wilde was an expert in industrial optimization and, later, in the psychological underpinnings of exceptional teams.  Wilde published widely, including at least 100 peer-reviewed articles in technical journals and, notably, several textbooks, some of which are still in print. His most recent books, published in 2008 and 2011, respectively, involved applied psychology, a field he adopted after retirement. 

Doug's memorial service is planned for Friday, February 4, 2022, at 4 p.m. in the Peterson Laboratory, Building 550, on campus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in the name of Douglass J. Wilde be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.