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4005 Nitschke Hall MS 312
1610 N. Westwood
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Phone: (419) 530-8210
Fax: (419) 530-8206 MIMEAdvising@UToledo.Edu

Theo Keith, Ph.D.

keithDistinguished University Professor Emeritus

Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department
Nitschke Hall 4054
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606

Phone: (419) 530-8232
FAX: (419) 530-8206
E-mail: theo.keith@utoledo.edu

Biography

  • Graduated from West Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Worked in the Property and Records Department of the East Ohio Gas Company
  • Obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Employed as a government employee at the Naval Ship Research and Development Center (NSRDC) in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • While working at NSRDC developed a numerical simulation of the water expulsion (deballasting) system of a nuclear submarine and performed analysis on naval propulsions systems.
  • Obtained MSME and PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland (Advisor: Dr. James E.A. John).
  • Joined the University of Toledo as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1971
  • Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1976. 
  • Promoted to Full Professor in 1981.
  • Served as ME Department Chair for nearly 8 years
  • Selected as a Distinguished University Professor in 1991 (5-year appointment).  The appointment was renewed twice.
  • Invited as one of nine visiting engineering faculty from Ohio to the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI).
  • Selected as OAI's first Director of Research
  • Appointed the OAI Vice-President of Workforce Enhancement
  • Invited as the Director of Research and Technology at the NASA Glenn Research Center for 2 years.
  • Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in 2006.

Professional Societies

  • ASME-Fellow, AIAA-Associate Fellow, ASEE-Member, Sigma Xi-Member, chapter- 1979
  • President-Elect – 1980
  • President – 1981-1982
  • Pi-Tau Sigma Member and Faculty Advisor-1976-1979
  • SAE-Member and Faculty Advisor-1979-1984
  • STLE-Fellow and Associate Editor for STLE Tribology Transactions-25 Years

Honors and Awards

  • ASTM Student Award (1963-1964)
  • Pi Mu Epsilon; Phi Kappa Phi;  Pi Tau Sigma; Sigma Xi
  • ASEE Summer Fellow, NASA, Cleveland, Ohio (1973-1974)
  • University of Toledo Outstanding Research Award (1988)
  • D. Raftopoulus Sigma Xi Award for Research (cash award) (1989)
  • AIAA Special Service Award (1999)
  • STLE Wilbur Deutsch Award (2004)
  • Ralph R. Teetor SAE Award (1978)
  • AIAA Associate Fellow (1987)
  • ASME Fellow (1988)
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Numerical Methods in Heat & Fluid Flow (20 years)
  • STLE Fellow (2002)
  • University of Toledo Outstanding Teacher Award (1977)

Research Interests

Tribology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Wind Energy, Phase Change Heat Transfer, Propulsion and Gas Dynamics

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Last Updated: 9/24/18