Udell Merritt

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Education
BS Mechanical Engineering ASU 1963
MS Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Measurements) ASU 1964
While at ASU measurement courses completed under Prof Peter K. Stein
Work History
1964-1967
US Army
1968-2001
AiResearch Mfg. of Arizona, Garrett Turbine Engines, AlliedSignal, Honeywell (same company under different corporate umbrellas)
Work included application of strain gages and other engineering sensors to the development, certification and investigation of field problems of small gas turbines, both auxiliary and primary propulsion units. This included structural testing, lab vibration testing, component and full-up engine testing. Responsibilities included test planning, instrumentation design and installation, test engine build, test data acquisition, data reduction and interpretation.
Strain gage applications included static structures, compressors and turbines, shafting, bearings, seals and a wide variety of special strain gage-based transducers. Test temperatures ranged from cold soak to 1800+ deg F in high acceleration environments.
2002-present
Instructor for the Strain Gage Course under JACMET, a cooperative effort between Arizona State University and Arizona corporations to promote continuing education for employees in technical fields.
Technical Society
1978-2001
Society for Experimental Mechanics, company delegate to the Western Regional Strain Gage Committee, a sub-committee of SEM, serving in various committee leadership position.