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Alan R. Leveille – NESC Academy Biography

Independent Bearing Consultant  (1998 – present)

Bearing consultant providing analysis and independent assessment to bearing applications that usually involve mechanisms designed for long-term space based applications.  Clients include JPL, NASA, NRL and commercial organizations.   

A  principal investigator of a government sponsored program which designed and built breadboard CMG’s to operate up to 40,000 RPM.  Participant in the International Space Station CMG failure study and in 2010 received an NESC Engineering Excellence Award for work related to the International Space Station Urine Processing Assembly-Distillation Assembly bearing failures.  A co-author of an EHD measurement study that was the recipient of the Dr. George G. Herzl Outstanding Paper at the 39th Aerospace Mechanism Symposium

The Aerospace Corporation   1977 –  1998 (retired)

Responsible for providing senior leadership and technical support in the areas of bearing design, analysis and testing.  Participation in industry wide working groups.

The Barden Corporation Precision Bearing Division 1972 – 1977

Various management and senior technical positions in R&D, Product Development, Marketing and Production

New Departure Division, GMC 1960 to July 1966

Supervisor, Bearing Development & Contract Research 


BEME and MEME Yale University


Alan Leveille, Peter Frantz, and Garry Rosene, “A Model to Estimate Separator Forces during Ball Speed Variations,”ASTM International Symposium on Rolling Element Bearings, Anaheim, CA April 13-15, 2011

Peter Ward, Alan Leveille & Peter Frantz, “Measuring the EHD Film Thickness in a Rotating Ball Bearing” 39th AEROSPACE MECHANISMS SYMPOSIUM Huntsville, Alabama May 7-9, 2008

Alan Leveille, “DYBA A New Dynamic Bearing Analysis Software Tool” International Symposium on Rolling Element Bearings, San Diego, CA 2007, May 7-9 2007

Peter Frantz and Alan Leveille, “An Approach to Predicting the Threshold of Damage to an Angular Contact Bearing during Truncation” Proceedings of the ASTM Symposium on Rolling Element Bearings, ASTM International, April 2002, Orlando, FL.

W. Park, M. R. Hilton, G.W. Henderson,  A. R. Leveille, P.C. Ward, D. A. McClintock, and  D. W. Smith, “Rolling Contact Fatigue and Load Capacity Tests of M62 Bearing Steel” 32nc Aerospace Mechanism Symposium, Cocoa Beach Florida, May 1998

D. W. Smith, A. R. Leveille, M. R. Hilton, and P.C. Ward, “Rex 20/Si3N4 Bearing Development” 32nc Aerospace Mechanism Symposium, Cocoa Beach Florida, May 1998

Richard Hightower, Dave Bailey, and A. R. Leveille, “Ball Bearing Vibrations—Amplitude Modeling and Test Comparisons,” REBG International Bearing Symposium, Orlando, FL, 4/28/97.

A. R. Leveille, “The Non-Reversible Nature of Ball Bearing Internal Geometry,” REBG International Bearing Symposium, Orlando, FL, 4/28/97

A. R. Leveille, J. Murphy, “Determination of the Influence of Static Loads on the Output Torque of Instrument Ball Bearings,” International Bearing Symposium, MIT LAB, 6/5/73.

A. R. Leveille, “ (Modeling of) Slow Speed Toque Variation,” Thayer School of Engineering, AOA Bearings Conference, September 1968, 9/1/68.