About the instructor

Dr. Donald F. Adams is the founder and President of Wyoming Test Fixtures, Inc., a company specializing in the design and fabrication of mechanical test fixtures for the composite materials community since 1988. He is also Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming where he founded and for 27 years was Director of the Composite Materials Research Group (CMRG). 

This very active interdisciplinary group was involved in a broad range of government and industry programs. Prior to joining the University of Wyoming in 1972, his industry experience included Northrop Aircraft Corporation, Hawthorne, California (3 years), the Aeronutronic Division of Ford Motor Company, Newport Beach, California (4 years), and the Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California (5 years). Dr. Adams received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1957, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1960, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1963.
 He has been involved full-time in composite materials design, analysis, and testing for over 47 years. Dr. Adams continues to serve on a number of national committees and review boards, and has been on the editorial boards of four prominent composite materials journals. He is very active in the test methods committees of ASTM and the Composite Materials Handbook CMH-17. 
He has extensive consulting experience with industry and government agencies, has presented many seminars, tutorials and multiple-day short courses both in the United States and elsewhere, and has published extensively in the journal literature.