Professor Watwood received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, from the University of Washington, his MS from Cornell University and his BCE from Auburn University.
He was a member of the faculty of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, for twenty six years. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering for eleven years and as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering for two years.
Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan Technological University, Professor Watwood worked at two different research laboratories, the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories and the Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Laboratory. He also worked for the Boeing company, Seattle, Washington, for two years as a structural engineer.
Professor Watwood served in the U S Navy, Civil Engineering Corps for three years.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers where he served on five different national technical committees culminating in service on the Board of Direction of the Society for three years. He also was a member of the original committee that investigated the feasibility of establishing SEI which recommended the formation of the Institute. He then served for six years on the SEI Board of Governors.
Professor Watwood has numerous refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, company documents and research reports. These publications dealt with topics in finite element methods, structural dynamics, computational mechanics, fracture/crack propagation, and large mining machinery. He also consulted in the Mining Industry on structural problems associated with large mining machinery.
Professor Watwood served as Editor of the Journal of Structural Engineering and the Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction both published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also was on the committee that recommended the establishment of the latter of these publications.
He was formerly registered as a Professional Engineer in the states of Washington, Pennsylvania and Michigan.