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Judy Wood

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Judy Darlene Wood is an American mechanical engineer and former assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University.[1]

She earned her doctorate in materials engineering science from the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1992. Her dissertation was on the topic of thermal stresses in bimaterial joints.[2]

From 1996-9 she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.

From 1999 to 2006 she taught mechanical engineering at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Since 2006 she has been an independent researcher, lecturer and author.

Education and career[edit]

Wood received her B.S. (1981), M.S. (1983), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Virginia Tech.[1] From 1996 to 1999, she worked at Virginia Tech, before joining the Clemson faculty as an assistant professor in 1999.[3] In 2002, she was one of the co-organizers of the "Biologically Inspired and Multi-functional Materials and Systems" track at the Society for Experimental Mechanics' annual conference.[4] Clemson chose not to renew her tenure in 2005, a decision Wood claimed was at least partly motivated by her beliefs in 9/11 conspiracy theories. The former chair of Clemson's mechanical engineering department, Imtiaz Haque, denied this claim. In 2006, she left Clemson's faculty, ostensibly because she was fired over her views on the 9/11 attacks.[5][6]

Advocacy of conspiracy theories[edit]

Wood is a noted advocate of conspiracy theories surrounding the September 11 attacks,[7] which she claims were perpetrated by a "directed energy" weapon developed by the United States' government as part of its Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as the "Star Wars program".[8] She also claims that this weapon prevented most of the material from the collapsing buildings from reaching the ground.[6] She promoted these views in part as a prominent member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.[9] Her assertions regarding the putative cause of the attacks were cited favorably by Jim Marrs.[10] Along with Morgan Reynolds, she has criticized fellow 9/11 truther Steven E. Jones' claims that thermite or thermate, as part of a controlled demolition, played a role in the collapse of the Twin Towers.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Clemson Faculty 2005-06". Clemson University Registrar. Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  2. D., Wood, Judy (1992). Determination of thermal strains in the neighborhood of a bimaterial interface (Ph.D. thesis). Virginia Tech.
  3. "Judy D. Wood". Clemson University Department of Mechanical Engineering. Archived from the original on 2004-08-04.
  4. "SEM annual awards". Experimental Techniques. 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  5. Pope, Justin (2006-08-07). "9/11 Conspiracy Theories Persist, Thrive". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Potpourri". The Charleston Gazette. 2013-06-10.
  7. Chapman, Roger; Ciment, James (2015-03-17). Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints and Voices. Routledge. p. 594. ISBN 9781317473503. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. Barber, Peter (2008-06-07). "The Truth Is Out There - Part II". Financial Times. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  9. Gurnon, Emily (2007-03-15). "Confession doesn't stop conspiracy theories: Some suspect sinister plot behind 2006 Uptown slaying of Zebuhr, a Scholars for 9/11 Truth member". McClatchy-Tribune Business News. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. Marrs, Jim (2011-09-27). The Terror Conspiracy Revisited. Red Wheel Weiser. pp. 71–3. ISBN 9781934708743. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. Dean, Jodi (2009-08-12). Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies: Communicative Capitalism and Left Politics. Duke University Press. p. 161. Retrieved 2017-11-11. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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