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A “New” Philosophy of Structural Reliability, Fail Safe Versus Safe Life—The 1988 Alexander A. Nikolsky Lecture

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Kenneth B. Amer has served as a helicopter consultant for the RAND Corporation since 1986. Mr. Amer was graduated from New York University in 1944 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and he received an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947. Following graduation from MIT, he spent six years in helicopter flight research with the NACA, NASA's forerunner. He began his career with Hughe, Helicopters (now McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.) in 1953 as a Research Project Engineer. In 1965, Mr. Amer was appointed Manager, Hughes Technology Department. Some of the technical development projects for which he was responsible included the OH‐6A (U.S. Army Light Observation Helicopter, now called the Model 500), the XV‐9A Hot Cycle Research Helicopter, and the AH‐64 Apache Attack Helicopter. Mr. Amer's career at Hughes/McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. culminated in his selection as McDonnell Douglas Engineering and Research Fellow in 1985. Throughout his professional life, Mr. Amer has been active in the American Helicopter Society. He presented his first paper at the AHS Annual National Forum in 1950. He has authored more than 30 technical papers since then. In 1971, he served as AHS Annual National Forum Technical Chairman, and was AHS Technical Director in 1972. Mr. Amer's many honors include the 1976 AHS Alexander Klemin Award, and an AHS Honorary Fellowship in 1985.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.

Publication date: 01 January 1989

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