Rhonda Walthall of UTC Aerospace Systems Honored with the SAE International Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical & Leadership Excellence

Rhonda Walthall, Technical Fellow for Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Applications at UTC Aerospace Systems in North Carolina, has received SAE International’s Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical & Leadership Excellence for her countless contributions to the Aerospace community.  The award was presented at the annual Awards Ceremony during the SAE International WCX World Congress Experience, recently held in Detroit.

Established in 2011, this award celebrates the successes of women in the engineering profession and recognizes their leadership and technical contributions in various engineering sectors including Commercial Vehicles, Automotive, and Aerospace. The intent of the award is to stimulate the involvement of women in engineering as well as open doors for young females interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities who wish to pursue engineering careers. Dr. Rodica Baranescu is an SAE Fellow, Past President of SAE International, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Ms. Walthall’s engineering career spans 30 years in the commercial aerospace industry where her achievements are countless as an industry leader and pioneer in the field of aircraft system health management.  Currently, she is the technical lead for  the Digital Strategy PHM initiative Aftermarket service offering. Prior to joining UTC in 2003, she worked for Northwest Airlines Technical Operations as an Engine Condition Monitoring Powerplant Engineer and for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as an Engine Performance Flight Test Engineer.    

She has led multiple SAE committees, contributed significantly to numerous SAE documents and authored chapters in many SAE publications.  Ms. Walthall has participated as a technical paper presenter, keynote speaker, invited speaker, or panelist at industry conferences. Rhonda serves as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the PHM Society and member of Toastmasters International and Women in Aviation International.  Presently she is serving as a mentor on the Purdue Industrial Advisory Council to the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering in 1986.  In 1993, she earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. 

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