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Harry H. Hilton

Title: Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States

Harry Hilton, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace engineering education.

Following earning a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Army Specialist Training Corps) in 1945 from The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Hilton followed with a Bachelor of Science in 1947 and a Master of Science in 1949 in aeronautical engineering from New York University. He continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in theoretical and applied mechanics in 1951 from the University of Illinois, now known as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

An internationally recognized authority in solid mechanics, viscoelasticity, aero-viscoelasticity and materials and structures employed in the aerospace field, Dr. Hilton has excelled with the University of Illinois in a career spanning over 70 years since 1949 as an instructor, assistant professor,  associate professor and head of department in aeronautical and astronautical engineering; summer assistant dean of the university’s college of engineering; and Senior Academic Lead for Computational Structural/Solid Mechanics with the university’s national center for supercomputing applications. In addition, since 1997 he has prospered as an external examiner with the School of Mechanical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Currently he teaches one class per semester as a Professor Emeritus.

In what he considers a career highlight, Dr. Hilton has published numerous research papers and authored book chapters that have greatly contributed to overall knowledge within the field. To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, he maintains affiliations with the Society of Experimental Mechanics, Order of the Engineer, honor society  Sigma Gamma Tau, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Society of Rheology, Society of Engineering Science, American Institute of Physics, American Society for Aerospace Education; American Society for Testing Materials Committee D-30 Composite Standards, the Tau Beta Pi Association, Inc., the American Society for Composites and the American Academy of Mechanics.

Dr. Hilton attributes his success to enjoying what he does and doing it well. while growing up, his uncle, a chemist, gave him a model airplane kit, which sparked his interest in aeronautics. Upon graduating from school at age 16, he attended New York University in an accelerated program during World War II, and within two years, he was a senior, after which he was drafted into the military. He joined the university after obtaining his bachelor’s degree and made the decision to continue in academia rather than entering the private sector. Now retired for the most part, Dr. Hilton will continue imparting his knowledge by teaching one class per semester at the University of Illinois. 

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