Dr. Bill Wessels

NAME: Dr. Bill Wessels, PE CRE
EDUCATION: BS Engineering [1970]
MBA Decision Sciences [1975]
PhD Systems Engineering [1996] 
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 
CREDENTIALS: Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Reliability Engineer 
Mechanical Engineering ME-31233, Pennsylvania
American Society for Quality 
EXPERIENCE: 1975-1989
Design engineering and site resident engineer
1989-2005
Systems engineering and technical analysis contracting
2005-present
Principal Research Scientist 

Reliability and maintainability engineering for mining mobile machinery and process equipment

Reliability, maintainability, availability & sustainability engineering for Army aviation and NASA space station systems

Research and Teaching, as follows: 
RESEARCH: Reliability engineering and failure anaylsis for mechanical and structural design and system life cycle sustainmen at UAHuntsville Research Institute
TEACHING: Masters and Doctorial interdisciplinary reliability engineering program of study at UAHuntsville College of Engineering
Professional development tutorials for design-for-reliability and reliability-based sustainability 
PUBLICATIONS: Practical Reliability Engineering and Analysis for System Design and Life-Cycle Sustainability, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL [2010]
Wessels, William R., Seth Farrington & Tim Henstock [2010], "Reliability Failure Analysis to Characterize Time-Directed Maintenance Inspection Interval" Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Wessels, William R., Anthony Robertson & Tim Henstock [2009], "Empirical Characterization of Reliability Design Parameters, Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Wessels, William R. and F. Chris Sautter [2009], "Illustrative Characterization of the P-F Interval for Condition-Based Maintenance through Analysis and Math Modeling of Structural Strain in Tension", Proceedings of the American Helicopter Society CBM Specialists Forum, Huntsville, AL
Wessels, William R. and F. Chris Sautter [2009], "Reliability Analysis Required to Determine Condition Indicators for Implementation of Condition-Based Maintenance", Proceedings of the 2009 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, Ft Worth, TX
Wessels, William R. & F. Christ Sautter [2008], "Reliability Functions of Flight-Critical Structural Materials from Stress-Strength Analysis", Proceedings of the International American Helicopter Society Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Wessels, William R. [2006], "Use of the Weibull versus Exponential to Model Part Reliability", Proceedings of the 2006 Reliability and Maintainablity Symposium, Orlando, FL