Test and Reliability Institute Faculty

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Senior Faculty

Robert L. (Andy) Anderson
Robert L. (Andy) Anderson has over 35 years experience in the test industry, most recently serving as Dynamics Manager for NTS in El Segundo. His work experience includes contributions to the Ground Combat Systems Division of BAE Systems, where he served as Test Manager on the FCS program, B.F. Goodrich as test engineer, and Hughes Helicopters as flight engineer. Andy began his career as a test technician and engineer at Wyle Laboratories. Andy has a BSEE from Tufts University and has done graduate work in control theory and business management at Northrop University and Mankato State University. Andy is a 30 year member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) where he served in many positions, including President of the Institute in 2004. Andy serves on many test committees and is a standing member of DETEC, the governing body for Mil-STD 810G where he is the recognized SME for a number of the test methods. Andy teaches courses on shock and vibration test techniques and test management.


Christine Peterson
Christine Peterson, president of C. Hanse Industries, Inc., has been actively involved with the chamber industry since 1989, including six years as a consultant with Angelantoni Industrie S.p.A., Massa Martana, Italy. Currently IEST’s President-Elect and the Chair of several working groups, Peterson also has served IEST as DTE/PR Technical Vice President, Communications Vice President, and faculty member. She served on the editing committee of the MIL-STD-810 working group for revisions F and G and has worked with companies implementing the test methods worldwide. She also has chaired the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 108 Subcommittee 6, Vibration; an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Workshop on Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability. Peterson received an Award of Excellence recognizing her contributions to the IEC maintenance team for climatics testing.
Courses: Climatic Testing | MIL-STD-810G | NASA Test Qualification Standard (CEQATR)

"Chris Peterson did an excellent job with the class. She did so well at figuring out what we needed and geared the class material accordingly. Her deep understanding of the material was extremely helpful in reaching our future goals. I can’t say enough good things about Chris and the class. Thanks again!"

Nicholas Daddario, QSC Audio 

David O. Smallwood
David Smallwood holds a BSME degree from New Mexico State University and an MSME degree from New York University. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories from 1967 to 2003, when he retired as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Structural Dynamics Research Department. Smallwood has published almost 90 articles, contributed sections to four books, and holds two patents. He was instrumental in the evolution of digital shaker control, and developed several methods for the synthesis of time histories to match a shock response spectrum (SRS) and developed algorithms for the calculation of the SRS. He is an IEST Fellow, is on the editorial board of two journals and has won numerous awards including the IEST Irwin Vigness Award and the Mel Baron Award from SAVIAC. He currently works at Sandia as a part-time consultant, and teaches short courses.
Courses: Alternative to the Shock Response Spectra | Shock Response Spectra Uses and Abuses

Associate Faculty

Vesta Bateman
Vesta Bateman has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and an MS and PhD from the University of Arizona. Bateman is a shock specialist and, for over twenty years, she was the Facility Leader for the Mechanical Shock Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories where she was responsible for a wide spectrum of mechanical shock testing including drop table, Hopkinson bar, horizontal pneumatic actuator, rocket rail, live pyroshock, and pyroshock simulation tests as well as shock and pyroshock specification development. She is the author of two chapters in the 6th Edition of Harris’ Shock and Vibration Handbook (Chapter 27, Conventional Shock Testing Machines, and Chapter 28, Pyroshock Testing, 2010), the ISO Secondary Shock Calibration Standard (ISO/NP 16063-22:2005 “Methods for the calibration of vibration and shock transducers – Part 22: Shock calibration by comparison to a reference transducer” and currently being revised), MIL-STD-810G, Change Notice 1 (Released April 15, 2014) Method 517 Pyroshock SME (subject matter expert and author), and the IEST Pyroshock Testing Recommended Practice as well as over 100 journal and conference papers and reports.. She is a technical consultant for the Shock and Vibration Information and Analysis Center, and also consults with other companies. Appointed an IEST Fellow in 2010, Bateman chairs Working Groups DTE012 and DTE032 and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the IEST. In 2003, she received IEST’s Edward O. Szymkowiak Award for her leadership in pyroshock testing.

Nick Clinkinbeard
Nick Clinkinbeard is a Principal Mechanical Engineer in the Rockwell Collins Environmental Effects Engineering department, focusing on all aspects of structural dynamics for equipment fielded primarily in military and civil aerospace applications. His duties include structural analysis, requirements and design guidance, testing support, and peer mentorship. In addition, Nick provides vibration and shock training for Rockwell Collins, conducted through class settings and a Vibration and Structural Analysis Community of Practice, and including such topics as requirements analysis, design considerations, testing fundamentals, and finite element analysis. He also lead the development of internal Environmental Design Guidelines to provide engineers a combined dynamics/climatics reference document for requirements interpretation, test methodologies, and conceptual and practice-based design guidelines.


Abhijit Gupta
Abhijit Gupta is Professor Emeritus and Director of Graduate Studies in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northern Illinois University. He received a MS from Michigan Technological University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, both in engineering mechanics. His research interests include damping measurement, experimental and analytical modal analysis, fatigue failure under random vibrations, and accelerated life testing. He is a Senior Member of IEST and a contributor to the Journal of the IEST and ESTECH conferences.

Ronald Merritt
Ronald G. Merritt has a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics. From May 1977 to September 2010 he was employed as a Mechanical Engineer in the Life Cycle Environmental Engineering area at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, CA. From September 2010 to December 2014 was a contractor with Jacobs Technology with work related in the same area of NAWCWD. From January 2015 to present is a contractor with ATAC. He is a Fellow of the IEST and Associate Fellow of NAWCWD. His interests reflected in several published papers include statistical characterization and processing of measured vibration and shock environments for laboratory test specification development.

Stanley Poynor
Stanley Poynor is a Past-President of the IEST who has worked in the environmental engineering area for over 35 years, and was a contributing author to the IEST Recommended Practice for HALT and HASS. He has a B.S.A.E from University of Texas at Arlington and M.S.A.E from Georgia Tech. Started as Propulsion and Thermodynamics engineer at Rocketdyne, later moved to what became Lockheed Martin, and switched to environmental engineer. He a Distinguished Member of the Group Technical Staff at Lockheed Martin, has written a number of papers presented at IEST and Shock and Vibration conferences.


Harry Schwab
Harry Schwab has over forty years of engineering experience. His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master's Degree in Engineering Mechanics, and an MBA. He has published several technical papers in the field of vibration testing, and co-authored the book "Accelerated Testing: A Practitioner's Guide to Accelerated and Reliability Testing." He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Missouri. In IEST he is vice-chairman of the HALT/HASS Working Group, and a member of the Fixturing and Pyroshock Working Groups. His experience includes the Aerospace, Automotive, and commercial industries. He has also taught courses in classical stress analysis and HALT/HASS testing.

David Sgro
Dave Sgro is the lead qualification test engineer for FLIR’s Surveillance Division in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to working at FLIR, he worked at Raytheon’s environmental test laboratory where he lead extensive high visibility qualification and test programs including field test and data collection around the country. Dave holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He has held multiple positions in IEST including as a board member, and served as President of the IEST Boston Chapter. Currently, Dave is the IEST Technical Vice President for the Environmental Test division of the organization. He is also the Working Group Chair for Shock and Vibration Test Fixture Design. Over the years, Dave has presented multiple papers at IEST and at internal Raytheon Symposiums in the field of Environmental Test.

Jade VandeKamp
Jade Vande Kamp is an engineering technician with 10 years’ experience in the electronics industry, and is the Quality Manager at Vibration Research. As QM he leads the Training and Education Department and ensures that process’ and procedures are in place and followed throughout the company. In addition, he is responsible for creating and maintaining the technical and educational content Vibration Research provides to its customers. This includes case studies, white papers, tech notes and instructional materials. Jade has an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology, and trained as a Technical Systems Repairman in the United States Marine Corps. At Vibration Research, Jade has a role in technical sales, software testing and customer support.

Dr. Patrick Walter
Dr. Walter is a Professor of Professional Practice in Engineering at TCU Engineering Department, Fort Worth, Texas, and a Senior Measurement Specialist for PCB Piezotronics. Occasionally, he consults for various aerospace and defense contractors on test measurement applications. Through TCU’s Engineering and Extended Education Departments, he has developed a Measurements Systems Engineering short course, which he teaches nationally and internationally. He is a member of IEST, the Society of Experimental Mechanics,the International Automation Society, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He has authored one book, numerous book chapters, and more than 100 journal articles and report. In 2008, he was awarded the Shock and Vibration Information Analysis Committee’s (SAVIAC’s) Lifetime Achievement Award. SAVIAC represents the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Defense Treat Reduction Agency in this subject area.

Jon Wilson
Jon Wilson is an IEST Fellow with more than 40 years’ experience in environmental and dynamic testing, in positions of test engineer, laboratory manager, applications engineering manager, and consultant/trainer. He chairs IEST Working Group DTE011, which is responsible for updating IEST-RP-DTE011, Mechanical Shock and Vibration Transducer Selection. Wilson is the editor of the Sensor Technology Handbook (Elsevier, 2005). He holds degrees in mechanical, automotive, and industrial engineering. He has presented training programs on shock and vibration for IEST, SAE, ISA, ITC, Sensors Expo, TTI, and many government and commercial organizations.