About - Dr Hesham Azzam founded HAHN Spring Limited in 2010. Previously, his career spanned 33 years; in the last 21 years, he led technology developments at MJA Dynamics, Smiths Aerospace and GE Aviation Systems. He holds a BSc and was awarded an MSc and a PhD from the University of Southampton. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of SAE International.

Dr Azzam has published more than 50 public domain papers and hundreds of technical reports covering various IVHM topics. In 1997 and 2005, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) elected him for two Safety Awards. With his hands-on technical contributions and inclusive management experience, Dr Azzam has:

  • Defined / developed three algorithms that were chosen to aid the prognostic health management of critical structures on three Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) variants;
  • Captured the system requirements of the JSF Force Life Management off-board system and developed most of the system analytical algorithms;
  • Pioneered developing helicopter mathematical models with simulated faults and using them with in-service data to advance prognostic and diagnostic approaches;
  • Led the development of Fatigue and Usage Management Systems for various MOD platforms;
  • Contributed to the development of IVHM ground stations and Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS);
  • Provided directions for project execution through earned value management and Cost As an Independent Variable (CAIV) processes; as a result, all of his projects have been completed within budgets and timescales to customers’ satisfaction;
  • Led an SAE international committee convened to develop Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARP) for validating, verifying, and certifying Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems.
  • Developed for an Oil & Gas Company, the algorithms and software of a condition-based system to detect the failure modes of mechanical components for maximum safe containment of hazardous fluids.

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