Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Fatigue and Damage Tolerance

Dr. Michael Gorelik has over 20 years of experience in the areas of fracture mechanics, fatigue, damage tolerance and probabilistic methods. He successfully applied this expertise to design and certification of aerospace products, fleet management and risk assessment, root cause analysis, definition of manufacturing process controls, and coordination of R&D programs and consortia.

Prior to joining the FAA, Dr. Gorelik was an Engineering Fellow at Honeywell Aerospace working in the areas of life prediction and durability assessment of safety-critical components. His other technical leadership assignments included roles of life methods manager responsible for Honeywell Aerospace lifing systems, reliability and system safety manager supporting all military propulsion and APU programs, and project manager responsible for deployment of Aerospace-wide material data management system.

During his tenure at Honeywell, Dr. Gorelik also served as a principal investigator on a number of research programs funded by the FAA, Air Force, NASA, DARPA and Army. Dr. Gorelik authored / co-authored over 40 peer reviewed papers and conference presentations, and one patent application. He delivered technical training to several hundred engineers, managers and aviation professionals.

Dr. Gorelik chaired the AIA Rotor Integrity Sub-Committee (RISC) chartered by the FAA to address safety issues associated with material and manufacturing anomalies. He provided input into several FAA Advisory Circulars on damage tolerance. Dr. Gorelik was instrumental in organizing several technical coordination meetings between the FAA, Air Force and OEMs on advanced damage tolerance methods. He also served as a Vanguard Chair for the IGTI Structures and Dynamics Committee, and the Chairman of the SAE G-11 Division.

Member, professional organizations and societies:

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Industry and government awards:
  • Honeywell Technical Achievement Award (2008)
  • Honeywell Technical Achievement Award (2005)
  • R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine
  • NASA Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR) Award
  • AlliedSignal Director's Award
Academic achievement:
  • Post-Doctorate Studies in Fracture Mechanics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MBA, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
  • B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, Russia
Professional certifications:
  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), General Electric
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI
  • Lean Expert, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Six Sigma Black Belt, AlliedSignal Aerospace