• "May the Force and all its attendant acceleration vectors be with you."

  • "The Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, where the faculty are good looking, the staff are strong, and all the students are above average." (paraphrased from Garrison Keillor)

  • "Starting talks is usually easy... it is finishing them that gives people trouble!”

  • On figuring a problem out "We usually do."

  • "Of course there are people in my department I like and others I do not. My goal is that no one will ever be able to tell the difference in how I treat them."

  • "They are called retreats because rarely is progress made."