Benjamin S. Blanchard is Professor of Engineering-Emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a consultant in such fields as systems engineering, reliability and maintainability, maintenance and logistics support, and life-cycle costing. Prior to his current role, he served as Assistant Dean of Engineering for Public Service, College of Engineering (until June 1995), and as Chairman of the Systems Engineering Graduate Program (1979-1996). He taught courses in systems engineering, reliability and maintainability, and logistics engineering. Before joining Virginia Tech in 1970, he was employed in industry for 17 years where he served in the capacity of design engineer, field service engineer, staff engineer, and engineering manager (Boeing Airplane Co., Sanders Associates, Bendix Corp., and General Dynamics Corp.). Prior to his industry career, he was an electronics maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force for several years.
Professor Blanchard's academic background includes a BS degree in Civil Engineering, graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering, and a MBA degree (through an Executive Development Program). He has authored four textbooks (System Engineering Management, Logistics Engineering And Management, Engineering Organization And Management, and Design And Manage To Life-Cycle Cost), and has co-authored four additional texts (Systems Engineering And Analysis, Maintainability: A Key To Effective Serviceability And Maintenance, Life-Cycle Cost And Economic Analysis, and Maintainability Principles And Practices). He has published numerous journal articles and has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Professor Blanchard is a Charter member, Fellow, CPL, newsletter editor, member of the Board of Advisors, and past-president of the International Society of Logistics (SOLE); and several other professional organizations (IIE, IEEE, NDIA, and CLM); and a "Visiting Professor" at the University of Exeter (UK).
In 2000 he was awarded INCOSE's Pioneer Award. This is the citation on his plaque. "An esteemed practitioner, teacher, and advocate of Systems Engineering. His service, as a team member with Dr. Wolt Fabrycky, allowed them to articulate the principles and objectives of Systems Engineering in a manner that conveys the tremendous potential and value added by this discipline."
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