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About Our Stories

Our carefully collected stories from engineers affiliated with the UK College of Engineering reflect their work, lives and accomplishments in the field of engineering.

Hans Gesund was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the United States in 1940. He joined the UK College of Engineering’s Department of Civil Engineering in 1958 and is now celebrating his 58th year of teaching.

Dean of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky  from 1990 –2012. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Lester served as professor and chairman of mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University, as professor of nuclear engineering at Kansas State University,.

Dr. Todd developed a strong reputation as an innovator of cutting edge technology, founding and leading numerous successful technology companies prior to his tenure as president of the University of Kentucky. Dr. Todd served as president of the University of Kentucky, a major public research university, from July 2001 through June 2011.

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky native and Anderson County High School graduate Elaine Duncan earned the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1974. She was an officer in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Pi Tau Sigma honor society. In 1984 she earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota while working full time at 3M Corporation.

Dr. Issam E. Harik is the Raymond-Blythe Professor of Civil Engineering and Program Manager of the Structures Section.  He received is Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1982 and joined the University of Kentucky the same year.