Edward F. Byars
Ed joined WVU in 1960 as "Head" of the Mechanics Department. Quickly changed the name of the Department to Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) and job title to "Chairman." About 1970, combined TAM with the Mechanical Engineering Department, calling the new unit Mechanics and Engineering Mechanics (MEM). Then about 1975, MEM was combined with the Aerospace Engineering Department to become the current Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE). Ed moved to the Dean's office in 1979 and retired in 1980 at age 55.