- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2021
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Dr. Bruce Abraham is the Chief Technology Officer and a VP at the General Dynamics Applied Physical Sciences Corporation (APS).
He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an associate member of the Acoustical Society of America. Recently he joined the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Underwater Vehicle Technology (NIUVT). He has a background in acoustics, hydro-acoustics, structural acoustics, transducer design, hydrodynamics, and multi-sensor test and evaluation systems largely applied to U.S. Navy manned and unmanned future systems.
While working at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Mechanical Engineering to complement his Mechanical/Materials B.S., also from UConn. His recent work involved developing a special submarine towed array to measure in-situ forces, moments and components strains to help inform reliability predictions. He managed a high-energy, high-powered lithium-ion battery development effort for DARPA as well as an actuated underwater hydrodynamic drag reduction system. Abraham helped develop high-performance, low-cost single crystal vector sensors for large acoustic array systems as well as other specialized sensors. He also helped develop a large Marine Vibrator acoustic source system that is currently undergoing reliability testing. This system will eventually replace air gun arrays and is deemed more environmentally friendly due to the lower sound pressure levels and coherent nature of the output signals.
His education at UConn included a balance of theoretical and practical instruction that contributed to his career development and technical successes.