Harold Brandon

Harold Brandon

Professor of Practice

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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DSc, Washington University in St. Louis, 1969
MS, St. Louis University, 1965
BS, St. Louis University, 1963


Harold Brandon’s current academic interests are in building science, energy, the thermal sciences, plastic surgery, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning components and systems.

He has accumulated over fifty years of industrial and academic experience as a test engineer, senior research engineer, technical specialist, program manager, chief engineer, director of research and development, consultant, and college professor. His industrial experience has primarily been in the following industries: aircraft, gas turbine, aerospace, solar energy, energy conservation, brewing, soft drink, HVAC, and medicine. He has been the Principal Investigator or Program Manager on contracts and grants with NASA, the Air Force, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the Aesthetic Surgery Educational Research Foundation, and many industrial firms.

Brandon's academic experience has been in mechanical engineering and plastic surgery research. He has been a faculty member at Washington University since 1979 and is presently the Director of the Master’s Program in Energy Conversion and Efficiency, and former Director of the Heat Transfer Lab. He held a joint appointment in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Washington University from 1994 to 2009 where he conducted research and was the Director/Co-Director of The Center for Implant Retrieval and Analysis. He is the author or co-author of over a hundred published papers and abstracts. He holds patents in the fields of combustion and fluid mechanics and has a patent pending for a new testing technique for evaluating breast implants.

Brandon was the recipient of the Presidential Award from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas in 1982 and 1983, and the Best Paper Award from the Society of Soft Drink Technologists in 1984. In 2005 he was selected by the Canadian government to be the only non-Canadian to serve as a member of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Panel on Breast Implants, specializing in material characterization and failure analysis. Professor Brandon was selected as the Chairman of the Symposium on Biomaterials in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the World Biomaterials Congress in 2000 (Hawaii), 2004 (Sydney), and 2008 (Amsterdam). In 2012 he was one of two U.S. researchers chosen by the European Commission to serve on a scientific committee to evaluate fraudulently manufactured silicone gel breast implants made by the French company PIP.

He has been a consultant for many industrial firms, including Allergan Medical, Barry-Wehmiller, Chrysler, Coca Cola, Dow Corning, Enerfab, Evera Medical, G. Heileman Brewing Company, Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing, Ideal Implant Inc., Inamed, Mentor Corporation, Monsanto, Permea Inc., Sientra, TheraNova, and the Canadian Government (Health Canada and Justice Canada). He has been an expert witness/consultant for litigation, including patent infringement cases.

He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the U.S. Triathlon Association.