Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Emeritus Charles Beadle Passed Away

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Charles Beadle on Monday, March 7, 2016.


Charles received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts College and MS and PhD degrees in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan and Cornell University, respectively. His PhD research under the direction of Professor H.D. “Don” Conway focused on solution techniques for boundary value problems. Upon completion of his PhD,  he commenced his career at UC Davis when he was appointed Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 1961. In 1965 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 1976 to full Professor.  His research focused on mechanical design, engineering mechanics, rehabilitation engineering, and biomedical engineering and his efforts included a 15-month residency at the Ford Motor Company focusing on random data analysis applied to automotive vibration problems.  He served as Chair of the Department from 1978 until 1986 and became Professor Emeritus in 1991. He will be sorely missed by all of us in the department, college, and university.


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A memorial service will take place at a later date.