Byron E. Short

Byron Short

B.S. M.E., 1926, M.S. M.E., 1930
Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Engineering

Dr. Byron E. Short earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at UT Austin in 1926 and 1930 respectively. He earned another master's degree and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1939. He was honorably associated with UT Austin as a student and as a professor for more than 40 years, before he retired in 1973 with the title professor emeritus. He passed away on Oct. 31, 1996 at age 94.

Dr. Short worked with the Texas Company (Texaco) after graduation in 1930, but came back to UT Austin as an instructor in the mechanical engineering department. He accepted a teaching fellowship at Cornell University from 1935 to 36, then returned to UT Austin briefly as an associate professor, before returning to Cornell where he earned another master's degree and his doctorate. Upon his return to UT Austin in 1939, he was promoted to professor. He served as graduate advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1939 to 1963, and was also chairman of the UT Athletic Council from 1945 to 1948.

During his time at UT Austin, Dr. Short twice served as chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department and was acting dean of the College of Engineering in the 1948-49 school year. He was also director of the Engineering Research Laboratory from 1952 until 1959.

Dr. Short was a Life Member and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. He was also a Life Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was also a Friend of Alec.

In his honor, the mechanical engineering class of 1940 established the Byron E. Short Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. The Department of Mechanical Engineering recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1995.

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