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About Thomas Ward, Ph.D.

Dr. Ward begin working at Cedarville University in 2018. He previously worked for 13 years as an Associate Professor in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Malaya, and the Universiti Teknologi MARA. At Heriot-Watt University, he also served as an elected Senator, the Associate Dean (Engineering and Science), and the Associate Director of Research (for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences). He published an international text book titled Aerospace Propulsion Systems with John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in 2010. He has also led research as principal investigator on biomimetic micro air vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems for both unmanned aircraft and small ground vehicles. Other research areas of interest are: endothermic jet fuels and renewable energy sources. He has published numerous indexed journal and conference papers on these topics. Prior to becoming a university professor, Dr. Ward worked for 18 years as an aerospace engineer (civilian) with the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While with the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Ward was selected to serve for nearly five years as an integrated exchange engineer (serving in London, England) with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.


Present Associate Professor, Cedarville University School of Engineering and Computer Science

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - 2020 Development of a Prototype Biomimetic Micro Air Vehicle (BMAV)
Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) - 04-01-03-SF1215
Role: Principle Investigator (transferred after departing UM)
2013 - 2016 Analysis and Modeling of Insect Flight Kinematics for Emulation in Biomimetic Micro Air Vehicles
University of Malaya (Malaysia) - RG155-12AET
University of Malaya Research Grant (UMRG)
Role: Principle Investigator
2013 - 2016 Component Analysis and Integrated Systems Development of a Biomimetic Micro Air Vehicle
Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) - H-16001-D000053
High Impact Research Grant
Role: Principle Investigator
2010 - 2012 Numerical and Analytical Study of Compact Hydrogen PEM Fuel Cells
Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education - FRGS 156/2010
Fundamental Research Grant (FRGS)
Role: Principle Investigator
2008 - 2009 A New Fuel Cell Powered Aerospace Propulsion System
Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) - 04-01-01-SF0188
Sciencefund Grant
Role: Principle Investigator
2001 - 2003 Physical and Chemical Behavior of Endothermic Jet Fuels
Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI) - F33615-03-2-2347
Role: Principle Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Registered Engineer, Board of Engineers, Malaysia
2014 - Present Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council (United Kingdom)
2014 - Present Fellow, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
2010 - Present Corporate Member, Institution of Engineers Malaysia
1986 - Present Senior Member (Lifetime), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
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Honors and Awards

  • • Gold Medal, 1st Innovation, Invention and Design Competition, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia, 2012. Project leader of team that developed the first fuel cell powered unmanned aircraft in Southeast Asia.
  • • 2nd Place (Cash Award) for Best Innovation, International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering (ICAME 2010), Shah Alam, Malaysia , 2010.
  • • Bronze Medal, Malaysia Technology Expo 2010, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010.
  • • Silver Medal, Invention, Innovation, and Design (IID) 2010 Conference, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia, 2010.
  • • Best Prototype (trophy and cash award), Malaysia National Invention Competition, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia, 2010.
  • • Bronze Medal, National Research and Innovation Competition (NRIC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia, 2009.
  • • Gold Medal, Belgian & International Trade Fair for Technological Innovation 2009. Electrochemical extraction of hydrogen gas from water to improve the fuel efficiency of cars.
  • • Shell Eco-marathon Asia competitions in 2016, 2015, and 2012, Silver Medal (2nd Place) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Car - Prototype Category, Directed University of Malaya team. Won $1000 USD cash award at each event.
  • • Shell Eco-marathon Asia, Best Malaysian Team 2011 – Trophy and RM 10,000 cash prize awarded by a panel of judges consisting of Malaysian university professors and Shell executives. Directed Universiti Teknologi MARA team
  • • Gold Medal (1st Place) Best Fuel Cell Powered Car 2010 - Prototype Category, Malaysia. Presented in gratitude by the winning team from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for my critical technical support in providing their fuel cell system.
  • • Command Civilian Award for Valor with Commendation for Courage, United States Air Force, Aug 2005.
  • • Nominee for US Federal Employee of the Year, US Air Force, 2005. Nominated with only 7 others for the prestigious federal employee of the year in the category of science, engineering, medical, and legal professionals.
  • • Civilian of the Quarter, US Air Force Material Command, Jan 2004. I won civilian of the quarter in my Center within AFMC for engineers.
  • • STAR Team Award, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), 2002.
  • • Certificate of Merit, US Air Force Systems Command (AFSC), 1992. Awarded due to my work at modeling ballistic missiles in support of US arms reduction treaties.
  • • Notable Achievement Award, US Air Force, 1990. Awarded for my innovative efforts in developing digital computer models.


  • EGME3020 Mechanical Engineering Lab 2
  • EGME3150 Heat Transfer
  • EGME3170 Thermal Systems
  • EGME3010 Mechanical Engineering Lab 1
  • EGME3110 Thermodynamics


Ph.D., University of Dayton ‐ Mechanical Engineering
M.Sc., Loughborough University ‐ Aerospace Systems Engineering
M.Sc., University of Dayton ‐ Aerospace Engineering
B.Sc., University of Cincinnati ‐ Aerospace Engineering

Thesis (1)

Dissertation (1)

Book (1)

Journal Publications (27)