Rhonda Walthall is an industry recognized leader in the development of standards and best practices for Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) and Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM). She joined Hamilton Sundstrand in 2003 as an APU Systems Integration Engineer and was promoted to Integrated Product Team Leader for the MRJ/ARJ APU Programs. She transferred to Customer Service in 2010 to lead the development and implementation of the Aircraft Systems Health Management aftermarket service offering, which was UTC’s first PHM application for commercial aircraft systems. In her current role, she is the product owner for the next generation PHM offering under the Intelligent Aircraft Digital Initiative.
Prior to joining UTC, Rhonda worked for Northwest Airlines Technical Operations as an Engine Condition Monitoring Powerplant Engineer and for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as an Engine Performance Flight test Engineer.
Rhonda is the 2018 recipient of SAE Rodica Baranescu Award for Technical & Leadership Excellence in the Aerospace Sector. She is the 2016 recipient of the SAE James M. Crawford Technical Standards Award for Outstanding Achievement. She has held numerous SAE leadership positions, including the Chair of the Reliability, Maintainability, and Health Management Systems Group, Chair of the IVHM Steering Group, and Chair of the Propulsion Systems Health Management Technical Standards Committee.
Rhonda has contributed significantly to numerous SAE documents and authored chapters in SAE publications “Integrated Vehicle Health Management: Implementation and Lessons Learned” and “Integrated Vehicle Health Management: Business Case Theory and Practice” and in IEEE publication “Prognostics and Health Management for Electronics”. She has presented technical papers and has participated as a keynote speaker, invited speaker, or panelist at numerous PHM-related conferences. She holds one patent and two invention disclosures.