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David Bushnell in 1975

Photograph of David Bushnell taken in 1975. The following biography was written in May 1980.

"David Bushnell joined Lockheed Missiles & Space Company after receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. In 1965, while at Lockheed, he earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University.

He then began extensive investigations of the stress, buckling and vibration behavior of thin shell structures. That work has resulted in over 40 papers and ultimately in the development of the BOSOR4 and BOSOR5 computer programs, widely used codes for the stress, buckling, and vibration analysis of shells of revolution.

Many of the examples in the survey article, "Buckling of shells - pitfall for designers", AIAA J., 1981, are based on applications of these computer programs to practical problems involving complex shell structures.

In 1975 Dr. Bushnell received the ONR/AIAA Structural Mechanics Research Award. The topic of his investigation was "Stress, Buckling, and Vibration of Hybrid Bodies of Revolution", Computers & Structures, 1977.

He served as Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the AIAA Structures Technical Committee 1978 to 1979. Dr. Bushnell was elected the Outstanding Engineer of the AIAA San Francisco Chapter for the year 1978, and is an Associate Fellow of AIAA."

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