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Thomas Ward

Tom Ward, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Ward began working at Cedarville University in 2018. He previously worked for 13 years as an Associate Professor in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Malaya, and the Universiti Teknologi MARA. At Heriot-Watt University, he also served as an elected Senator, the Associate Dean (Engineering and Science), and the Associate Director of Research (for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences). He published an international text book titled Aerospace Propulsion Systems with John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 2010. He has also led research as principal investigator on biomimetic micro air vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems for both unmanned aircraft and small ground vehicles. Other research areas of interest are: endothermic jet fuels and renewable energy sources. He has published numerous indexed journal and conference papers on these topics. Prior to becoming a university professor, Dr. Ward worked for 18 years as an aerospace engineer (civilian) with the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While with the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Ward was selected to serve for nearly five years as an integrated exchange engineer (serving in London, England) with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton
  • M.Sc. in Aerospace Systems Engineering, Loughborough University (United Kingdom)
  • M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) (United Kingdom)
  • Registered Engineer - Board of Engineers (Malaysia)
  • Fellow - Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Lifetime Senior Member - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Corporate Member (Engr) - Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)

Scholarly Works

  • Aerospace Propulsion Systems (Thomas Ward) Faculty Books (2010)
  • Physical and Chemical Behavior of Flowing Endothermic Jet Fuels (Thomas Ward) Faculty Dissertations (2003)
  • Feasibility Study On: The Use of Aerodynamic Prediction Methods in Determining the Dynamic Stability of Missiles (Thomas Ward) Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Publications (1994)
  • Experimental Analysis of Energy and Friction Factor for Titanium Dioxide Nanofluid in a Water Block Heat Sink (S. S. Khaleduzzaman, I. M. Mahbubul, M. R. Sohel, et al.) International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2017)
  • Development of an Inductor Incorporated onto a Carbon Fiber MAV Structural Component (Christopher J. Fearday, Thomas Ward, Norhayati Binti Soin, et al.) Microsystem Technologies (2017)

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  • Interests: Prayer and Bible study, apologetics, scuba diving, hiking and camping, canoeing/kayaking, international travel and cultures
  • Why Cedarville: Cedarville University has a strong reputation as a Christ-centered university that provides an excellent educational and spiritual foundation for students. I am excited and privileged to be a part of equipping the next generation of engineering students to become faithful witnesses of Christ, through their professions, throughout the world.