Dr. Jeff Ball specialized in mechanical engineering design, motor vehicle accident reconstruction, and patent infringement evaluation. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy as a pilot, Dr. Ball continued his educational journey and attained his M.S. in Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Oxford University. Soon after, he returned to his alma mater as both a flight instructor and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He taught courses on machine design, product design, automotive engineering, thermodynamics, statics, strength of materials, and dynamics. As a pilot, Dr. Ball flew supersonic fighters and gliders and later instructed young cadets. During his time with the United States Air Force, Dr. Ball also supervised Air Force cadets in the design, testing, and operation of race cars for the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Formula Competition and the SAE Mini Baja Competition. He also conducted research, modeling, and testing on internal combustion engine performance and directed a research project for the USAF on alternative powerplants for unmanned aerial vehicles. Finally, as a graduate of the USAF Accident Board President Course, he was certified to conduct aviation accident investigation for the Air Force.
Jeff passed away on July 12, 2020. He will be missed but not forgotten.