John F. Abel is a Professor Emeritus from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the author or co-author of over 200 papers and reports, dealing mainly with computer-related topics in structural engineering. He is the co-author (with C. S. Desai) of one of the earliest published textbooks on the finite element method, Introduction to the Finite Element Method (1972).
He has worked on such topics as concrete shells (especially cooling towers), membrane roofs, domes, steel framed structures, earthquake engineering, computer-aided design, computational mechanics, and interactive computer graphics for engineering applications and education.
Abel, John F.; Philpot, William Douglas (Internet-First University Press, 2013-05-09)
Prof. Philpot describes his (circuitous) path to research in remote sensing and to joining the faculty in remote sensing in CEE. The discussion turns to the range of research that existed prior to Philpot’s arrival, primarily photogrammetry and airphoto interpretation as applied to a variety of engineering activities along with reminiscences of individual faculty: Don Belcher, Ta Liang and Warren Philipson. The interview closes with a general description of some of Philpot’s research activities.