Martin Goland, a nationally recognized engineer and for 39 years the president of Southwest Research Institute, died October 29, 1997. He was 78 years old.
He is succeeded by Dan Bates, formerly the Institute's Executive Vice President-Finance.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 12, 1919, Goland received his high school education at Erasmus Hall High School and was graduated summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1940.
After serving as a mechanics of engineering instructor at Cornell until 1942, he joined the Curtiss-Wright Corporation (now Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories) as head of its applied mechanics section. In 1946, Goland joined Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, where he became director of engineering sciences.
In 1955 he joined SwRI as a vice president, and rose to the presidency in 1959.
Over the ensuing four decades, Goland guided the Institute's growth from annual revenues of $4.5 million representing 196 projects for 100 clients in 1959, to $270 million in revenues for fiscal year 1997, with more than 1,000 projects active for clients around the world.
Throughout his career, Goland was active in numerous scientific advisory groups at the national level, and he gained broad experience in aircraft design, applied mechanics, and operations research. He authored more than 60 published papers on structures, aerodynamics, mathematics, engineering analysis, research administration, and other subjects. He received numerous professional awards in his discipline, including the prestigious Hoover Medal, given annually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and other professional societies to the individual "who contributed maximally to the goals and ideals of the engineering profession." He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering; an honorary member of the ASME; a Fellow, past president, and director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a member of two professional honor societies, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.
Published in the Spring 1998 issue of Technology Today®, published by Southwest Research Institute. For more information, contact Joe Fohn.