Franklin Harwood received his engineering degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1943 and 1948.
Between 1944 and 1945 he was an aeronautical engineer in New York City for Otis Engineering, a military aeronautical subcontractor, analyzing and designing bulkheads, Wagner beams, space frames and monocoque shells. He worked on the JMR-1 (Mars), the YB-35 (Flying Wing) and the 202 (Transport). From 1948 to this present time his structural engineering career consists of building structures.
Presently Franklin serves as a consultant to SR Harwood Consulting Engineering of NYC.