Dr. Kurt L. Nichol
Kurt Nichol is President, CEO, and co-founder of APEX Turbine Testing Technologies in Spring Hill, TN. APEX was formed in August 2000 to better enable transition of HCF test and evaluation (T&E) technologies developed under the USAF HCF T&E Plan to the commercial sector. He has long been a key proponent of “holistic” test and evaluation where seamless integration of experimental and numerical methods becomes reality. His vision and leadership have influenced significant changes in standard T&E approaches used to assess HCF capability of components in high vibration environments at major aerospace organizations world-wide.
Prior to forming APEX, Dr. Nichol was employed by Sverdrup Technology, Inc., AEDC Group, as Chief Engineering Officer for Turbine Engine Structural Test & Evaluation. During his career at AEDC, Dr. Nichol was a key contributor in numerous evaluations of front-line fighter engines for the United States Air Force and Navy. He has spent hundreds of hours engaged in test coverage and detailed analysis of data which have led to the development of many time and labor saving approaches and tools. These approaches and tools form the basis for most of the products currently marketed by APEX. Prior to working at AEDC, Dr. Nichol worked as a structural engineer for Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach where he worked in turbine design, structural analysis and testing.
Kurt’s leadership of APEX is guided by his faith in Jesus Christ which compels him to treat his customers, vendors, employees, and competition with respect and dignity. He serves on the Board of Living Sent Ministries (www.livingsentministries.org) He and his family live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Dr. Csaba Biegl
Csaba Biegl is Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President and co-founder of APEX Turbine Testing Technologies in Spring Hill, TN. APEX was formed in August 2000 to better enable transition of HCF test and evaluation (T&E) technologies developed under the USAF HCF T&E Plan to the commercial sector.
Prior to forming APEX, Dr. Biegl was employed by VBKM, Hungary as a Postgraduate Researcher. After moving to the United States in 1984, Dr. Biegl began attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN as a Ph.D. Graduate Student. After completing his degree he was offered a position as a post doctorate researcher. During this time, Dr. Biegl was granted US citizenship. He stayed with the university until 2000 when he co-founded APEX with Dr. Kurt Nichol. Dr. Biegl received his B.E.E., M.E.E., and University Doctorate from the Technical University of Budapest. He also holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Biegl has primary responsibility for all software product development at APEX. Under his leadership, APEX has developed and brought to market, our entire line of data acquisition and analysis software.
Dr. Biegl is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and a former member of the Hungarian Society of Measurement and Automation, (MATE). Dr. Biegl resides in Franklin, TN with his wife and 2 children.
William VanFossen is the Director of Product Development, at APEX Turbine Testing Technologies. Mr. VanFossen began working at APEX in January of 2002. He plays a significant role in market development, strategy, and software development for the company.
Prior to joining APEX, Mr. VanFossen was employed by the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He began there as and Aerospace Engineer in 1989. In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Project Engineer where he oversaw the development of the F100-PW-229 gas turbine engine. In 1998 he became a Technical Specialist in the structures discipline. While in this position, Mr. VanFossen provided system program offices with guidance on engine structural issues and performed structural analysis to identify and mitigate risk, ensure adherence to US Air Force Structural Integrity requirements, trained new engineers in structural analysis, and maintained all engineering applications software among many other tasks.
Since joining APEX Mr. VanFossen has been a key contributor to new product development, quality assurance and customer development. He also provides analysis and consulting services to our engineering clients.
Mr. VanFossen received his MS in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton located in Dayton, OH (1995), and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University located in University Park, PA. (1989). Mr. VanFossen currently resides in Middletown, OH with his family.