J. Taylor Beard

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J. Taylor Beard, PhD, P.E.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Virginia

Office: 219B Mechanical Engineering Building


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Mailing Address:

MAE Department
122 Engineer's Way
PO Box 400746
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4746

Home Office Phone: 434-973-6963
E-mail: jtb@virginia.edu



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Biographical Sketch

Taylor Beard received his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University and his graduate degrees from Oklahoma State University (MS & PhD). He is certified as a professional engineer in Virginia.

He joined the University of Virginia in 1965 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1969. To recognize his outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching efforts, Taylor Beard was named Lucien Carr Associate Professor for the 1997-98 academic year. He has additional professional experience with Oklahoma State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, U. S. Bureau of Mines, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy and Environmental Research Corp., and Associated Environmental Consultants.

Taylor Beard is a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and a past-chairman of ASME Solar Energy Division (1990-91).

Taylor Beard served as an American Specialist for the U. S. State Department's International Communications Agency, lecturing in Pakistan and Cyprus on solar energy related topics. He has organized international engineering conferences and various technical sessions for the ASME, Solar Energy Division. He also served as the Academic Space Administrator of the University of Virginia and as a board member of the Charlottesville Housing Foundation (now Piedmont Housing Alliance)


Teaching Activities

Taylor Beard has primary interest in academic instruction related to the analysis and design of thermal systems. He has developed mechanical engineering courses in air pollution control and energy systems design. He has also taught and been the coordinator of the first-year engineering design course at the University of Virginia.

The script of his Last Lecture Series talk, March 29, 2005 is available.

Taylor Beard has used cooperative learning techniques to gain students participation in class discussion. He combines his academic and professional activities by focusing on issues related to the application of technology to meet societal needs. For instance, he often uses "war stories," gathered from research and consulting experiences to focus on the basic engineering questions: "Why"... "How"... and "What if"...

He has served as a course moderator and lecturer for numerous combustion related short courses. In particular, he has developed the educational materials for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency course: "Combustion Evaluation for Air Pollution Control" and for the University of Wisconsin professional development course: "Boiler Plant Optimization". He is also the primary author of the USEPA's Municipal Waste Combustor Operator Training Program.


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Research Activities:

Taylor Beard has directed research projects in the areas of heat transfer and thermal systems, with particular emphasis on system performance modeling. Applications have included systems for heating and air conditioning, solar energy collection and storage, combustion, and the control of air pollution from combustion sources. He is an author of over 120 technical publications, reports and presentations.

Selected List of Taylor Beard's Publications


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