Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Theo Keith, Ph.D.

keithDistinguished University Professor Emeritus

Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department
Nitschke Hall 4054

Phone: (419) 530-8232
FAX: (419) 530-8206




  • 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 (1988),
  • AIAA-Associate Fellow (1987),
  • ASEE-Member,
  • Sigma Xi-Member, chapter secretary (1979), Chapter President-Elect (1980), Chapter President (1981 - 1982)
  • Pi-Tau Sigma Member and Faculty Advisor (1976-1979)
  • SAE-Member, started student SAE Chapter at UT, and Faculty Advisor (1979-1984)
  • STLE-Fellow (2002) 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 Teacher Award (1977)
  • Ralph R. Teetor SAE Award (1978)
  • AIAA Associate Fellow (1987)
  • University of Toledo Outstanding Research Award (1988)
  • D. Raftopoulus Sigma Xi Award for Research (1989)
  • AIAA Special Service Award (1999)
  • STLE Fellow (2002)
  • STLE Wilbur Deutsch Award (2004)
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Numerical Methods in Heat & Fluid Flow (20 years)

Research Interests

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


Conferences Chaired






Last Updated: 6/27/22