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Adventures in Aftermarket Engineering

Release Date:
1/24/2013 12:00 AM

 Updated 3/25/13

Andreas Bernhard, features Andreas Bernhard


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by Dr. Andreas Bernhard exploring the challenges and opportunities in Aftermarket engineering with two case studies. The first will discuss recapitalizing the UH-60A BLACK HAWK (including the 5th BLACK HAWK, originally delivered in 1979) & resurrecting the venerable S-61 (first flight in 1959) as a modernized aircraft. Both these fleets of modernized aircraft have been returned to service and provide their operators a cost effective means to perform their missions.


Dr. Bernhard is the chief engineer, Sikorsky Aerospace Services and director, Sikorsky Analytics, Technologies and Engineering (ATE). He joined Sikorsky Aircraft in 2000, 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, initially specializing in advanced mechanical diagnostics for the S-92 and then expanding his role to advanced technology development and systems engineering in the field of Prognostics and Health Management. 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 chief of mechanical diagnostics and health management with three primary responsibilities. This led to Dr. Bernhard’s next assignment as 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.

Dr. Bernhard obtained his B.S. in Aeronautical at the University of the Witwatersrand (sumo cum laude) in Johannesburg, South Africa and his M.S .and Ph.D. (Aerospace) from the University of Maryland Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center. His research at the University of Maryland was in the field of smart structures and active rotor control. He has authored/co-authored 9 journal articles and over 20 conference papers. He holds four patents and a variety of aerospace engineering awards from academia, professional societies and Sikorsky.

Sikorsky’s mission statement is “We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere … every time”. Sikorsky is renowned for developing cutting edge technology and delivering exciting new products with unique capabilities. In addition Sikorsky develops technologies and solutions to keep aging aircraft in the air.


Apr. 10, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. [Re-scheduled from Mar. 27]             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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