He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and was Professor of Mechanical Design at Oregon State University for 20 years. He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and founder of its Design Theory and Methodology committee.
He has founded two corporations to commercialize his ideas. The first company manufactured personal transportation products, grew to seven digit annual sales, and became the largest manufacturer in its field. He served as CEO over the first years of the corporation and as chairman of the board for life of the organization. The products Ullman designed for this company won national awards.