Following many years of faithful service to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, Dr. Robert H. Todd has retired.
After a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, teaching and administration for 8 years at BYU-Idaho (Rick’s College), Dr. Todd spent 10 years in senior technical and management positions with both the General Motors Corporation and Michelin in the U.S. and France. In 1989, Professor Todd returned to academia to teach at BYU. While in industry he was responsible for more than 40 design and manufacturing development projects using an interdisciplinary team approach. Professor Todd helped develop BYU’s Capstone Program in 1990 and was its founding director. He taught Manufacturing Processes, Capstone, a graduate course in Manufacturing Process Machine Design and team taught a Study Abroad course entitled, Fundamentals of International Product Design and Development at the National University of Singapore. His research areas included Product Development and Design, Continuously and Infinitely Variable Transmissions with application to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, and Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Process Machine Design and the Improvement of Engineering Education. He has served as an ABET engineering program evaluator and a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. He is a recipient of the Karl G. Maser Excellence in Teaching Award at BYU and is a Fellow in the American Society of Engineering Education. He is married to the former Janell Shurtz and they have 8 children and 19 grandchildren. His hobbies include restoring antique vehicles and solar energy.
Last spring, Dr. Todd mentored his students to a first place victory at the 2012 SAE Formula Hybrid competition. Now that he has retired, he and his wife Janell have been called to serve as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Madagascar.