The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Jose Bernardo

Jose Bernardo was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States with his family when he was five years old. Jose grew up in the city of Pittsburgh and became a United States citizen in 2002. Jose graduated high school in 2004 and went to the University of Pittsburgh, earning his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering before finally arriving at ASDL for graduate school. Jose earned his Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009 and is now pursuing a doctoral degree. Jose enjoys playing team sports, particularly soccer and is always willing-to-try-to-be available to play. Among what some would characterize as 'too many' other hobbies, he also enjoys playing and learning to play musical instruments of all kinds.

Research Interests

Jose is currently developing a thesis proposal related to the analysis of airport noise. Currently, the capability exists to determine what effects technologies might have on the noise emissions of an aircraft. The real value of noise reduction, however, does not lie solely in the decrease of single event noise but in the overall reduction of population exposure to disturbing levels of cumulative noise. This reuqires a fleet level assessment and analysis capability of noise technologies to 'roll-up' individual technological improvements and propagate their effect on the overall exposure to the population. Due to the logarithmic nature of the decibel scale, even a substantial improvement in noise emissions of a relatively quiet aircraft would be inconsequential if another relatively louder aircraft is still in significant operation. Hence, conceptual evaluation of technological effects at the fleet level can provide insight into how much tangible improvement might be expected from aircraft level technological implementations and how to structure implementation strategies.

Jose is also interested in research related to capability and compatibility identification. In many instances we find that we have independent technologies/capabilities contained within a system or system-of-systems. In many real-world situations, however, systems or SoS that were not originally intended to function cooperatively must do so to solve a problem at hand. This can occur in a variety of situations including military scenarios, or in disaster relief efforts (ie. the recent oil spill). A wealth of technology is very powerful, but increasing the understanding of the capability envelope and compatibility envelope of a system or SoS would allow for decreased delays before deployment of a solution.

Education and Work Experience

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2008, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • GE Aviation - Controls-Fuel and Electrical Systems: Student Intern, 2008



Bernardo, J. E., Bennewitz, J. W., Braun, J. P., "Investigation of Bubble Topology in Tubes with Constant Bend Radii in a Microgravity Environment", AIAA-2011-1063, 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Orlando, Florida, Jan. 4-7, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Goizueta Foundation Fellowship - 2008-2012
  • OMED Tower Award - 2009

Memberships and Service

  • AIAA Member
  • Golden Key International Honour Society