In Memory of John E. Renaud

John E. RenaudSeveral times each year faculty and staff gather together. These occasions often mark special achievements or celebrations, such as graduation ceremonies. Unfortunately, these are not the only times that the College of Engineering family comes together. It is with great sadness that we share with you the loss of one of our faculty. John E. Renaud, professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, lost his battle with cancer on March 18, 2011. Our colleague and friend was 50 years old.

Internationally recognized as an expert in design methodology and optimization theory, John taught undergraduate and graduate courses on design optimization and pursued research on fundamental design issues for aircraft, crash-absorbant structures, and human bone tissue, as well as courses on the general mathematical foundation of optimal design. In addition to supervising numerous doctoral dissertations, he wrote and co-authored more than 65 articles in the leading journals of his discipline and held two U.S. patents.

John was an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served on the editorial advisory boards of Engineering Optimization and the Journal of Aircraft and was associate editor of the Journal of Mechanical Design.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1982. He worked for five years as a manufacturing systems design engineer at the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

John joined the aerospace and mechanical engineering department in 1992 and had chaired the department since 2008.