Gerhard S. Székely (born 1968) studied Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace) at the Technical University Munich. During various internships and assignments, he developed programs and modules for wind tunnel measurement systems and CAD applications. He finished with a diploma work on the Sänger two-stage-to-orbit separation optimisation. He then proceeded with a PhD work on numerical stochastical structural mechanics at the Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Innsbruck University. He studied the influence of uncertainties on the dynamic behaviour of spacecraft structures – a work co-funded by the European Space Agency. During this time, he also gave training courses on mechanics and was responsible for the COSSAN (Computational Stochastic Structural Analysis) program system maintenance and coordination.
He then commenced 1999 as Structural Analysis / FEM engineer at RUAG Space (formerly Contraves Space/Oerlikon Space), co-responsible for CAE. From 2001 to 2011, he lead the engineering and analysis group within the Mechanisms department, which contained all structural/multi-body/mechanisms/tribological analysis as well as the mechanisms systems engineering, including the interface to the control electronics. 2012 he became senior manager for Engineering and Development within the newly built business unit Mechanisms, comprising all mechanism design, control and analysis aspects. At the same time, he became leader for all systems engineering aspects within RUAG Space Zurich – in terms of a cross-functional lead. He participated in setting up and controlling engineering processes as well as initiated standardisations, such as documentation, tools and methods. He also initiated and built up a course series for educating systems engineers at RUAG Space, Zurich. He never left the practical path, but lead in parallel developments for pointing assemblies, release systems and special instruments as system engineer. In addition, he acted as expert and problem solver in critical situations for many space mechanisms.
Since June 2015, Gerhard Székely is lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He will teach mechanics & design starting September 2015. His major interests are all mechanical and systems engineering aspects.