Walter Bradley

Fellow, Center for Science and Culture

Walter Bradley received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, both at the University of Texas (Austin). He taught for 8 years as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, for 24 years as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU, and ten years as a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University. During his time at TAMU he served as the Director of the Polymer Technology Center for 10 years, as Department Head of Mechanical Engineering for 4 years, and Division Head of Offshore Composite Materials in the National Science Foundation sponsored Offshore Technology Research Center for 10 years, and Director of the Polyethylene Industrial Consortium. He has published over 150 refereed journal articles and conference papers and 10 book chapters on various topics in polymers (plastics), polymeric composite materials and fracture and life prediction in metals, plastics, and polymeric composites. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society for Materials and received the Educator of the Year 2011 Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers. He was awarded the Crawford Award for Distinguished Service to the College of Engineering at TAMU in 1995, an award given to one professor out of 400 each year.

He is also widely known for his work in faith and science. He co-authored The Mystery of Life’s Origin: Reassessing Current Theories (Philosophical Library: New York, 1984). He has published articles in secular journals on the topic of the origin of life, and has written 10+ book chapters on various topics dealing with faith and science. In recognition of his work in this area, he was elected a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), the largest organization of Christians in Science and Engineering in the world (2000+). He subsequently served on the Board of Directors for ASA for five years including as President and Vice President. He has presented his lecture on “Fine Tuning of the Universe: Evidence for the Existence of God?” 75+ times on major university campuses (including 18 of the top 20 most distinguished universities in the US) to over 50,000 students and professors. Most recently, he has given invited lectures on “Fine Tuning of the Universe: Evidence for the Existence of God?” to dinner programs for Professors at Harvard University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College in October 2015 and to students at the University of Wisconsin in March 2017.

Dr. Bradley has taught a classes for Seniors University in Georgetown, TX on various topics relating faith and science. In 1982, he was invited to write the white paper on “The Bible and Science” for the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy’s Conference on Hermeneutics. Henry Morris, a civil engineer (and author of The Genesis Flood, and leader of young earth creationism) and Gleason Archer (famous Old Testament Scholar from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) were the invited responders to his chapter and his presentation.