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Aeronautical engineer

Howard Michael Brilliant, American aeronautical engineer. Registered professional engineer, Colorado. Decorated Air Force Commendation medal, Air Force Meritorious Service medal (3), Defense Meritorious Service medal, Legion of Merit; recipient Science Achievement award Air Force Systems Command, 1973. Associate fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi.


Brilliant, Howard Michael was born on August 15, 1945 in Baltimore. Son of Benjamin and Anne Gertrude (Grodnitzky) Brilliant.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, U. Pittsburgh, 1966;Master of Science in Aero Engineering, University Michigan, 1967;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, 1971.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1970, advanced through grades to colonel. Retired, 1994; project engineer Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 1970-1975. Instructor to associate professor United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, 1975-1980.

Project officer, group and branch chief Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1980-1984. Program manager, director acquisition support Deputy for Propulsion, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, 1984-1986. Chief special projects office Aero Propulsion Laboratory, 1986-1989.

MIDS program manager JTIDS Joint Program Office, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, 1989-1990, director systems engineering, 1990-1991. Deputy director Aero Propulsion and Power Directorate Wright Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, 1991-1994. Engineering and management consultant Dayton, Ohio, 1994-1995.

Heat transfer and fluid mechanics engineer General Electric Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, 1995-1998. Senior heat transfer engineer General Electric Power Systems, Schenectady, New York, 1998-2000. Mechanical engineer General Electric Corporation Research and Development, Niskayuna, New York, 2000—2004.

Senior design engineer heat transfer General Electric Energy, Schenectady, since 2004. Consultant National Aeronautics and Space Administration Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1976-1978. Adjunct professor mechanical and materials engineering Wright State University, Dayton, 1992-1998, mechanical and aerospace engineering, University Dayton, 1995-1998, mechanical engineering College of Union University, 2001^.


  • Registered professional engineer, Colorado.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Co-author 2 volunteer technical report: Integral Rocket-Ramjet Component Evaluation Program, 1975.


Association fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Engineering Education, Sigma Xi.


Married Arleen H. Blatt, October 22, 1978. Children: Rachelle I., Amy A.

Benjamin Brilliant

Anne Gertrude (Grodnitzky) Brilliant

Arleen H. Blatt

Rachelle I. Brilliant

Amy A. Brilliant