Dr. Bob Abernethy
Dr. Robert B. Abernethy is a world leader in Weibull analysis and the author of the Weibull analysis worldwide standard reference . . . The New Weibull Handbook(c). He retired from Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Aircraft after 32 years where he was involved with the development and application of advanced Weibull (including Weibayes) techniques. In addition to the U.S.A., he has produced his Weibull workshop in Australia, China, Japan, Israel, Europe and Canada. Dr. Abernethy is a fellow of ASQ, AIAA, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Royal Statistical Society. Dr. Abernethy is an SAE Fellow in recognition of his success in developing Weibull Analysis. Dr. Abernethy was the founding Chairman of both SAE G-11 RMS (Reliability, Maintainability, Supportability) Committee and SAE E-33 Aircraft Performance Measurement. He is a past Chairman of ASME Committee on Performance Test Codes 19.1 for which he received the 1988 ASME Gold Medal; and Chief American Delegate to ISO TC30, SC9. Dr. Abernethy holds the patent on the J58 engine that powered the fastest aircraft in the world for many years during the cold war (the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird), and he holds the patent on the afterburner control for the P&W F-100 engine. He was a U.S. Navy Scholar as well as a Fulbright Scholar to Great Britain and holds four degrees in engineering and statistics.
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