Noted innovators and thought leaders in the field
Eric Bechhoefer is a retired Naval Flight Officer who has worked in aviation for over 35 years. He served in key engineering roles at MITRE Corporation and Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems, where he was a senior contributor in research and development for helicopter condition-based maintenance systems. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Prognostic and Health Management Society.
Bechhoefer holds a Biology degree from the University of Michigan. He has an MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a PhD in Engineering (specializing in digital signal processing) from Kennedy Western University. His credits include more than 120 journal papers and 23 patents in the field of condition monitoring. In his spare time, he sails and studies German and Norwegian.
Jed Kalkstein has a diverse background that includes operating roles in executive management of startup and growth-stage companies, turnarounds, and venture capital investing. He has served on several corporate and non-profit boards of directors, and held positions at or partnered closely with technology companies including SmartEquip, Inc., Perimeter Internetworking Corporation, Pwnie Express and the venture capital fund, Connecticut Innovations.
In addition to GPMS, Kalkstein currently serves on the Board of Managers for the VSJF Flexible Capital Fund (a $3M socially oriented investment fund) and served as the Treasurer for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and on the Board of the Mad River Glen ski area.
Kalkstein graduated with honors from Hobart College with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, and holds an MBA from the School of Management at Yale University. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two active teenagers. He spends his free time either on skis or mountain biking, depending on the weather.
A retired UK Army Avionics Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, Mick Welfare’s career culminated as the MoD Avionics User Authority for all Army aircraft, at the rank of Captain. He has ten years of HUMS knowledge, and substantial experience in both commercial and defense domains within the US, Europe and Far East providing specialized and direct support to the platform OEMs and user communities.
After moving to the United States in 1998, Mick served as a Program Manager for various Helicopter systems, including the US Navy HUMS PM at Goodrich Sensor Systems. He has worked in Sales and Marketing with Smiths Aerospace (now GE) and Bowhead Manufacturing.
Welfare holds degrees in Electronics Engineering and Avionics Engineering from London University, where he played proper football, rugby, cricket and tennis. He is a Fellow with the UK Institute of Engineering & Technology, and an avid collector of rare Victorian British stamps.
With more than thirty years’ experience as a software engineer in the aerospace industry, Jack Taylor has been an individual contributor and a project team leader in the specification, design, and implementation of real-time embedded software and data visualization systems for aerospace applications. He is an expert in the unique challenges of developing real-time software systems including hardware-software interfaces, real-time operating systems, and memory and timing constraints.
Taylor has a BS in Computer Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Long Beach, CA, where he has a long list of woodworking and home improvement projects.
Dale Hinds is a retired UK Ministry of Defense technical program manager with 32 years of experience working in Commercial and Defense technical programs, including aviation and ground platform systems. He has worked with major OEMs and their subcontractors, gaining extensive program/project experience in helicopter and fixed wing TSO/STC and PMA FAA and EASA certification.
He studied at Glamorgan University in South Wales and has a BS in Electronic Systems Engineering. Hinds is a certified Project Manager in Controlled Environments II (PRINCE 2) Practitioner/Facilitator and a Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).
Hinds has extensive recent program/project experience in helicopter and fixed wing STC Certification. He excels at delivering complex technical initiatives and projects to on-time, on-budget conclusions within high-pressure environments. To decompress, he indulges in the time-honored British pastimes of rugby and throwing darts.
As an electrical engineer for a leading semiconductor automation company for 30 years, Jim designed the hardware for many successful IC fabrication products currently operating all over the world. Jim brings a creative approach to hardware design tempered by a practical sense for creating reliable and successful products that comply with industry standards.
Jim graduated Cum Laude from Keene State College in New Hampshire where he was awarded an Associate of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim is also a successful guitarist having recorded on over 75 CD albums over his musical carrier.
Harry Arnold served as the corporate Vice President of Product Technology at Goodrich Corporation through its acquisition by United Technologies. Also at Goodrich, Arnold was President of the Fuel and Utility Systems business, and under his leadership the market-leading Goodrich HUMS solution was developed. Prior to his time at Goodrich, Arnold served in various capacities at Boeing including, as EVP of Engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, and as Chief Engineer of the 737NG during its development and certification.
Arnold holds a BSEE and two MBAs, from Seattle University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mike Augustin is President of IVHM Inc., an aerospace consulting company focused on advanced sensors and systems. His career includes 25 years with Bell Helicopter, focused particularly on HUMS/CBM and Enhanced Safety. Previously, he worked for 17 years in Motorola’s Communications Division, where he earned two patent awards, and managed several product development programs in Radio Frequency Communications.
His career work included being the lead system engineer on the VSLED diagnostic system for the V–22 Osprey, flight recorders for the Bell 212/412 helicopter models, HUMS for a fleet of 100 Canadian Forces CH-146 helicopters, and development of a HUMS STC for the Bell 412. Augustin is the author of 19 papers dealing with the development and implementation of advanced technologies. He is the founding chairman of the AHS HUMS Committee, and also a member of the AHS Safety Committee.
Dr. David He is professor and lab director in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His focus areas include machinery health monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics, as well as failure and reliability modeling and analysis.
Dr. He led industry funded research with companies such as Goodrich, DaimlerChrysler, and Caterpillar, as well as US government agencies. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing and has edited special issues including “Machinery Health Monitoring, Diagnosis and Prognosis” and “Condition-Based Maintenance – Theory and Applications.” He has co-published over 160 papers in his research areas.