After a varied and distinguished career as a researcher and educator, Dr. Walter Ed Red has retired from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University.
Dr. Ed Red taught and conducted research in the areas of advanced design, mechanisms and automation. Before coming to BYU, he was a director of the Robotics Labs at Texas A&M U. He was a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, has published 3 textbooks and over 100 articles in mechanics, robotics and automation. He has generated over 30 patents or patent disclosures at BYU.
In addition, Dr. Red has spun off two companies, consulted for many others, and commercialized several automation and control related products. He is the recipient of a number of research and teaching awards, including being the outstanding faculty member in manufacturing engineering in 1998. Dr. Red has also advised 45 M.S. and PhD graduate students, and was in fact the Graduate Coordinator for Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Technology Department from 1992-1998. Dr. Red was also awarded the Office of Research and Creative Activites (ORCA) Technology Transfer Award in 2000.
Dr. Red pursued multi-user distributed collaborative design methods where personnel can jointly enter an application session, and simultaneously edit an application model, like a CAD part, large CAD assembly, or FEA analysis model.
Dr. Red has had other accomplishments that are notable: He was a convert to the LDS church as an adult, and he recently served a 3-year term as an LDS bishop. He is also quite the well-rounded individual, competing on USA's Olympic track and field team in the 1964 Olympics in Japan.
A big thanks to Dr. Ed Red for all he has contributed to the Mechanical Engineering Department.