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Joe Gallagher, PhD
SES, DAF (Ret)

Joe Gallagher, PhD

Summary Qualifications

Over 40 years experience developing, promoting and applying damage tolerant, durability and structural integrity design methods to airframes, aircraft engines and mechanical subsystems. Successfully led teams of engineers and scientists in solving critical problems that have ensured the safety of aerospace structures. Recognized for organizational ability in building consensus between diverse and sometime opposing, technical groups, primarily as a result of activities with ASTM International, and in support of joint Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Aging Aircraft Planning. Former lead of the Air Force structures community, establishing a clearly defined Aircraft Structural Integrity Program that is documented by a Department of Defense standard which provides the framework for managing the structural integrity of aircraft weapons systems.

Key Specialties

  • Airworthiness Certification

  • Durability and Damage Tolerance

  • Aircraft Structural Integrity

  • Fatigue and Fractures

Key Positions

  • Technical Adviser, Aircraft Structural Integrity, ASC/EN

  • Director, Sustainment Center, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)

  • Lead for Aging Aircraft Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

  • Head, Structural Integrity Division, UDRI


  • BS, Civil Engineering, Drexel University

  • MS, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois

  • PhD, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois