Ernest Edwin Sechler
|Ernest Edwin Sechler|
November 17, 1905
|Died||August 14, 1979(aged 73)|
|Doctoral advisor||Theodore von Kármán|
|Doctoral students||Sitaram Rao Valluri
Y C Fung
Ernest Edwin Sechler was an aerospace engineer and scientist who specialized in thin-shell structures. He earned his doctorate in 1934 at Caltech as one of the early students of Theodore von Kármán with a dissertation on the mechanics of thin-plate compression. He continued in this line of work, which had broad and deep applications in the structural aspects of aircraft and missiles. He played a key role under von Kármán in building GALCIT and the two collaborated on the structural design of the thin-shelled dome of Palomar Observatory. He wrote two of the standard references on shell structures, Airplane structural analysis and design (1942, with L G Dunn) and Elasticity in Engineering (1952). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979, the year of his death.
- Liepmann, HW (1984) Ernest Edwin Sechler, in "Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering", Vol. 2, 258-261.
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