Darrell Pepper

Profile Updated: September 20, 2018
Residing In: Las Vegas, NV USA
Spouse/Partner: My wife passed away Aug 21, 2018
Occupation: Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Children: Erik W. Pepper, born 1979.
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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I served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO from 2011-2013. I am still Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I served as a Senior ASME Legislative Fellow in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in Washington, DC where I handled science and engineering issues. I was Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1996-2002 and then Dean of the College of Engineering. I obtained my B.S.M.E. (1968), M.S.A.E. (1970), and Ph.D. (1974) degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla. I was commissioned in the Corp of Engineers (Army) in 1968, and eventually reached the rank of Captain. Following graduation and the Army, I worked for Du Pont at the Savannah River Laboratory in Aiken, SC, where I held various technical and managerial positions. In 1987 I became Chief Scientist of the Marquardt Company, an aerospace propulsion company located in Van Nuys, CA, where I worked on the National Aerospace Plane Program. I co-founded and was CEO of Advanced Projects Research, Inc., an R&D company involved with development and application of computational methods in science and engineering. I also taught undergraduate and graduate engineering courses at California State University-Northridge. In 1992, I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2001, I founded Nevada Energy and Environmental Systems, a consulting R&D company, which we ultimately closed in 2016. I have served on serve on the boards of six companies, and was a member of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. In 2007, I was elected a member of the Cosmos Club, which is located in Washington, DC. I have published over 350 technical papers on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport topics, and authored/co-authored eight books on advanced numerical modeling and indoor air dispersion. In 2008, I was awarded the international Eric Reissner Medal for work in computational methods and in 2010 I was awarded the Harry Reid Silver State Medal. In 2011 I was awarded the Distinguished Service medal from AIAA and in 2012 was awarded the AIAA Energy Systems Award. I received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from ICCES. In 2008, I was elected a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission and was appointed a member of the Board of Directors in 2013. In 2009, I was elected a member of the MS&T (University of Missouri - Rolla) Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers.

School Story:

I can still remember the events and circumstances associated with our senior trip to Washington, DC and to the World's Fair in New York. I'm amazed that we made it back alive and in one piece. I recently read my diary that I made of the trip - Doug Bensinger and I lived on slices of pizza for a week.

Attending PHS - Class of 1964 - 55th Year Reunion (09/28/19)

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May 14, 2021 at 9:22 AM

Darrell, very best wishes on yet another birthday. Hope all is well with you and family out in Sin City - guess you guy'z might be getting a new baseball team? Hope they have a domed/AC stadium......

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May 14, 2021 at 4:33 AM
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Mar 20, 2021 at 12:47 PM

Seems to me that you old timers are starting to get a bit ancient - maybe time to move to three fingers of Scotch. Happy Birthday old man.

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Dec 20, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020 at 9:28 PM

Double present day - must be nice - maybe get two masks? Wishing you a Happy Birthday - and a Merry Xmas. Stay safe and well.

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Dec 16, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Happy Birthday - welcome to the mid 7th decade. Must be nice getting presents just before Christmas, then more a few days later.

Darrell Pepper has left an In Memory comment for Sue Holm Lacy.
Dec 16, 2020 at 8:59 AM

So sorry to hear of Sue's passing. She will be remembered. My condolences to the family. 

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Oct 21, 2020 at 3:45 PM

So time for another birthday - thought you had one of those last year - as they say, the more the merrier. Happy Birthday on your special day - might be too many candles on the cake this year so may want to hold off on lighting them - would not want to start a forest fire. My regards to Marilyn and the family.

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Sep 30, 2020 at 7:23 PM

Dave was a dear friend. We had fun during our days at PHS. We also worked together several summers after PHS for the Bridgeton Street Department (and would laugh about the "adventures" we had with that job). I spent the summer after my junior year at UMR working at Ralston Purina in KC when he lived there - and we had a few adventures there as well. He will be greatly missed.  

Sep
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Sep 21, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Happy Birthday - enjoy your very special day and best of wishes

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Sep 22, 2020 at 1:37 PM

Posted on: Sep 19, 2020 at 1:53 PM

Wishing you a very happy birthday on your special day. Looks like you have caught up with me - did we ever think about life at 74 when we were 16 - as I recall more like being 17. How many years did we share a locker - did that include 8th and 9th grades, as well as 10-12?

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Sep 18, 2020 at 11:38 PM

Posted on: Sep 18, 2020 at 12:34 PM

So, time for another birthday - these are beginning to pile up - but that’s ok. Wishing you a very happy birthday on your special day. Seems that the older we get, the younger we want to be - and the younger we were, the older we wanted to be - where’s the middle point?

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Aug 12, 2020 at 6:11 PM

Posted on: Aug 11, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Happy Birthday - looks like you are catching up with the rest of us. Fun seeing you at the reunion - even if you were a bit late.

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May 14, 2020 at 4:37 AM
May 12, 2020 at 7:31 PM

Happy Birthday, 2 days early!!

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Mar 20, 2020 at 12:13 PM

Happy Birthday - don’t light any candles - the quantity would burn down the building

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Dec 18, 2019 at 5:15 PM

Posted on: Dec 18, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Happy Birthday - and Merry Christmas - double treat - great seeing you at the reunion in Sept.

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Oct 28, 2019 at 11:08 AM

Happy Birthday - our goal in life is to collect as many of these as possible - you certainly are collecting your fair share - enjoy and celebrate

Sep 27, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Happy Birthday - don’t forget the beans with garlic (from the days of our street dept adventures)

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Sep 20, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Great timing - we get to post celebrate your birthday at the reunion. Wishing you all the best on your birthday - Happy Birthday.

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Sep 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM

So, another birthday has rolled around - they come faster the older you get. Happy Birthday. See you at the reunion.

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