Joe Beard graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1967 with a BS degree in Engineering Science (major Nuclear Engineering) and started his engineering career with Edgerton, Germeshausen, & Grier, Incorperated (EG&G, Inc.) at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. After he received a security "Q" clearance from the FBI, a leave of absence was taken to enter active duty in the United States Marne Corps. He proudly served as a 1st Lieutenant with an artillery MOS and was awarded the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL with Combat "V" for meritous service in combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam.
Joe joined with Associate Engineers, Inc. in 1971; in 1973 he earned his Professional Engineering (P.E.) registration in California and Nevada as a Mechanical Engineer. From 1973 to 1992, Joe practiced before the public doing consulting engineering with the firm Joe M. Beard and Associates, Inc. Since then, he has continued to provide specialized engineering services for select clients as Forensic Engineering.
Professionally, Joe is afiliated with the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Nevada Society of Professional Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Chemical Society, The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and the Construction Specifications Institute. He has served as a board member of the Engineering Alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno, and is an occasional guest member of the State of Nevada Board of Registered Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Since 1977, he has been a part time professor with the local college. Most recently, he was granted cerification as an Environmental Manager through the State of Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
In his spare time, Joe trains for the National Senior Olympic games in shot put, discus, javelin, and long jump. He is also an annual volunteer for the CROP Walk, which raises money locally for the Northern Nevada Food Bank and internationally to help stop hunger.