Dr. Eric Bechhoefer is chief systems engineer at NRG Systems, manufacturer of measurement equipment and turbine optimization systems for the global wind and solar energy industries. In this role he serves as chief engineer and researcher on turbine health monitoring systems. Prior to joining the company in 2010 Dr. Bechhoefer worked for the Goodrich Corporation, leading research and development initiatives within the aerospace division. As a former naval aviator and worldwide expert in rotor dynamics and wireless sensor technology, Dr. Bechhoefer holds 20 patents and has authored over 70 papers related to condition monitoring of rotating equipment. He holds a Ph.D. in general engineering from Kennedy Western University, a master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Bechhoefer serves as a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, and is on the board of directors of the Prognostics and Health Management Society.