George W. Pearsall, PE, ScD
George W. Pearsall is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and before he retired in 2001 he also was Professor of Public Policy Studies, at Duke University. He earned a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering (B.Met.E.) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.) and then joined the Dow Chemical Company as a research engineer. He later received a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and was on the M.I.T. faculty for four years before coming to Duke in 1964. He served twice as Dean of Duke’s School of Engineering.
Dr. Pearsall is a founding trustee of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI), which facilitated the location of the National Humanities Center, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research Triangle Park. He helped initiate Duke’s Program in Science, Technology, and Human Values, and he was the first director of an experimental program at Duke in Technology and the Liberal Arts.
His research and consulting are concerned primarily with integrating failure analysis and risk assessment into the design process. In 2001, he was awarded the Triodyne Safety Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his contributions to safe design practices.