Dr. Thompson received a BSE in general engineering in 1974 and a MSE in materials engineering in 1975 from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1979.
Dr. Thompson has been or is currently a registered engineer in Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and is a Fellow and member in good standing with ASM International and the American Welding Society. He participates in national committees in engineering and reviews articles for technical publications in science and engineering.
Dr. Thompson taught in the Ceramics Engineering Department at Clemson University from 1978-1981, and taught at UAB in the Department of Materials Engineering from 1981-2002, and Department of Civil Engineering beginning in 2008.
While in these positions, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in engineering design, fracture mechanics, strength of materials, materials testing, mechanics of materials and manufacturing practice. He has also conducted award winning research in materials science and manufacturing processing and presently continues research in these areas. Dr. Thompson has led various national and international committees in these areas.
In Dr. Thompson’s private professional practice, he has acted as a consultant for industry in the selection and use of many materials. Dr. Thompson continues to be active in research through contracts with the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health.