"He is and always will be an outstanding faculty member for the TTU College of Engineering," says professor John Gordon, also of the Civil and Engineering Department, who nominated him for the award.
"Dr. Buchanan has excelled in teaching, service and research and has gained recognition for the College of Engineering through his many endeavors.
Buchanan, who joined TTU's faculty in 1965, earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he began his engineering education career. During his career at VPI and TTU, he has taught approximately 45 different courses, ranging from basic statics to the most advanced Ph.D. classes, says Gordon.
Buchanan has prepared textbooks, including Mechanics of Materials (1988), which won a national award for textbook layout and graphics and used in engineering courses across the U.S., and Finite Element Analysis (1995). He also prepared a chapter, "Shear and Moment Diagrams," for The Engineering Handbook.
In addition to his teaching at TTU, Buchanan was a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow in 1965 and 1999, a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1981 to 1986, and spent the summers of 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1990 at the Army Missile Command. He has also done consulting work for TVA.
"It appears that Dr. Buchanan has provided much service to the federal government throughout his career and continues to do so," Gordon says. "And there is no doubt that he has a distinguished record of teaching of which he should be quite proud."The award, named in honor of Dean Emeritus James Seay Brown and in memory of James Henderson, the college's first dean, recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching and research or service.