Sikorsky Aircraft Colloquium Series in Aerospace Engineering Co-sponsored by the American Helicopter Society
5:00 p.m. | 1202 Martin Hall
Guest Speaker: Andy Bernhard Chief Engineer, S-97 RAIDER Sikorsky Aircraft
Topic: S-97 RAIDER: Faster than the Speed of Camouflage
Bio: Andy is responsible for all technical aspects of the design, build and testing of S-97 RAIDER. This translates to achieving key schedule milestones on budget, such as first flight in 2014, and successfully demonstrating all the technical key performance parameters.
Andy obtained his BSc (Aeronautical) at the University of the Witwatersrand (sumo cum laude) in Johannesburg (South Africa) and his MS and PhD (Aerospace) from the University of Maryland Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. His research at the Univ of Maryland was in the field of smart structures and active rotor control.
Andy joined Sikorsky Aircraft in 2000. He started in the Dynamics group working on active rotor control culminating in model and full scale wind tunnel tests. He then transitioned to Health and Usage Monitoring. He was the lead engineer responsible for developing, flight testing and productionizing the next generation health monitoring system, the Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS), for the UH-60M. Andy subsequently became the Branch Chief of Fleet Management Engineering, responsible for aligning Mechanical Diagnostics, Reliability and Maintainability and Structural Methods and Prognostics to provide focused fleet management from conceptual engineering design through to mature fleet support in conjunction with the Fleet Management Operation Center.
After over 8 years working in Research and Development, Andy spent over 5 years as the Chief Engineer of Aftermarket Engineering and Director of Analytics and Technologies. This included leading all technical aspects of the aftermarket including engineering, maintenance planning, publications, pilot and maintenance training, ground support equipment, and fleet management. Highlights included the Sikorsky UH-60A to L recapitalization program, the S-61T modernization program and the development of Sikorsky Training Academy.