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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Mechanical and Materials Engineering Newsletter – Spring 2013

In Memoriam: Clayton Crowe

Clayton CroweProfessor Clayton Crowe, a favorite professor to a generation of students, passed away last winter at his Pullman home.

Originally from Kelowana, British Columbia, Crowe received his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington in 1956, a master’s degree from MIT in 1957, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1962.

He began teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1969 after spending seven years in the rocket industry in California. Over the years he taught many students in the areas of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and thermal-fluid systems.

He co-authored an undergraduate fluid mechanics text, Engineering Fluid Mechanics. The book is one of the leading fluid mechanics textbooks in the United States, has been used in over 60 universities, and was translated into Spanish and Korean. Its success has been attributed to its exceptional readability and student-friendly approach.

He received the outstanding faculty award in mechanical engineering five times and was well-known for his keen sense of humor. In 1980 he was selected as the Outstanding Engineering Educator of the Pacific Northwest by the American Society of Engineering Education. He was also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He remained active in research at WSU after he retired, continuing to publish, work with graduate students and faculty on research projects, and mentor young faculty. He received WSU’s Sahlin Award for Research in 1998 and the Emeritus Society Excellence Award in 2010.

Memorials can be made to the school’s Clayton T. Crowe Scholarship fund. For information, contact Devon Anderson, Senior Director of Development, at or 509-335-2197.