Mike Nash (Mechanical Engineering)


Michael Nash earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi.

He began his professional career with International Business Machines (IBM) in the late 1960s as an Engineer Scientist at IBM’s Federal Systems Division in Huntsville, Alabama

Commissioned through the Ole Miss Army ROTC program, he served on active duty in 1968-70 as a Combat Engineering Officer with the US Army Corps of Engineers, returning from Vietnam in 1970 to continue graduate studies leading to earning his Doctorate. He rejoined IBM in 1973 holding technical and management positions supporting NASA, US Army, and DOE programs. Later responsibilities included Strategic Planning Manager for IBM’s Gaithersburg, Maryland facility and Program Manager for FAA and International Air Traffic Management programs. He continued in the latter position during the sale of IBM’s Federal Systems Division to the Loral Corporation, and the subsequent acquisition of Loral by Lockheed Martin. Following his retirement in 2004, Dr. Nash served as the Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations at the University of Mississippi’s School of Engineering before establishing his Aviation Market consulting company.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a member of Sigma Xi scientific research honorary.

Named an Ole Miss Engineer of Distinction, he was invited to deliver the 1998 Engineering School Graduation address.