Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award - David Walrath
Professor David Walrath has been a UW Mechanical Engineering Faculty member for almost 29 years. Prior to that, he was a staff research engineer in the college for seven years. His specific areas of expertise include composite materials manufacturing research and development, prototype design, process development, and materials characterization. Most recently he has been exploring applications for advanced composite materials in wind turbine blades. He has taught courses in solid mechanics, materials, systems and mechatronics, as well as coordinating the capstone senior design sequence. He has been awarded the Mortar Board Top Prof award three times, UW-ASME Outstanding Faculty Member twice, and Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in 2003. Teaching has been a passion throughout his career.
Professor Walrath has also been involved in helping Wyoming entrepreneurs and small businesses solve technical problems related to product development or improvement. Past efforts in these activities have resulted in two patents. Currently he is working with two companies in the UW Small Business Development Center and others around the state. Those efforts have been recognized with the Wyoming MAMTC Friend of Manufacturing, U.S. SBA Tibbetts, and Wyoming SBIR/ STTR Champion awards. He is an emeritus director and remains active in the Laramie Economic Development Corporation activities and projects.
David and his wife Christel have four children, Elaine (Los Angeles), Erica (Laramie), Erin (Denver), and Michael (Honolulu).