August 24, 2006
Armstrong Killed in Plane Crash
Armstrong died in an airplane accident yesterday evening. He was
killed when he attempted a crash landing near the runway at the
Laramie Regional Airport at 6:35 p.m.
Bill joined the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2001.
During his tenure at University of Wyoming, Bill
did an excellent job in establishing a strong presence in
research and teaching. His enthusiasm and his extraordinary work
ethic have had a real impact on this College. Bill was an
innovative and dedicated instructor and a very successful
researcher. He constantly sought to improve the content and
delivery of his course material, and his work in the classroom
was always focused on student learning. Billís research approach
was also innovative in that he saw unique ways of applying ideas
from a wide range of fields to the interdisciplinary topics on
which he worked.
Bill was one of the most talented, productive,
and hardest working colleagues and he will be dearly missed.
Bill was a former student of Professor Minoru
Taya at the University of Washington. He received his Masters in
1987, followed by his Ph.D. in 1991 while at the University of
He is survived by his wife Laurel, his daughter
Jesse (2 years old), and his sons Isaac and Rustin (13 and 6
Please send donations to:
The Armstrong Family Benefit Fund
c/o Uniwyo Credit Union
1610 E. Reynolds St
Laramie, WY 82072
Please write the account number (Account: 36776) be written on
any checks mailed.