LTC Andy Bellocchio , Ph.D., P.E.

Director, Center for Innovation and Engineering

Academy Professor


Lieutenant Colonel Andy Bellocchio is an Associate Professor and Academy Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Point (1997).  He earned a Master of Science (2005) and a Ph.D. (2018) in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is an Aviator in the United States Army where he has flown both rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft.  Lieutenant Colonel Bellocchio currently serves as the Director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering.  He has previously taught thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, ballistics, design, and aeronautics classes.  LTC Bellocchio is a member of the Technical Committee on Health usage Monitoring Systems for the Vertical Flight Society.  He is actively involved in research for Future Vertical Lift.

Ongoing Research Projects

Maintenance Free Operating Periods of Future Vertical Lift

Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring

Rotorcraft Design and Sizing

Publications & Presentations

Bellocchio, A., “Maintenance Operating Periods in Multi-Domain Operations,” The 25th U.S.-Canada Operations Research Exchange, Virtual, October 18-21, 2021.

Pegues, K., Bellocchio, A., and Beigh, M., “Maintenance Free Operating Period: Defining the Capability Gap,” The 89th Military operations Research Society Symposium (MORS), Virtual, June 21-25, 2021.  2021 89th Symposium (

Bellocchio, A., Pegues, K., and Beigh, M., “Product Support in a Maintenance Free Operating Period Strategy,” Proceedings of the 77th Annual Form of the Vertical Flight Society, Virtual, May 10-14, 2021.  77-2021-0211-Bellochhio

Bellocchio, A., Beigh, M., Burgess, J., and Schrage, D., “Modeling a Maintenance Free Operating Period Strategy for Future Vertical Lift,” Vertical Flight Society 76th Annual Forum Proceedings, Virtual, October 2020.  76-2020-0128-Bellochhio-Beigh.

Paquin, J., Van Poppel, B., Bellocchio, A., Miller, M., Fisk, B., Ebner, L., Woodruff, J., Crow, D., “Undergraduate Internal Flow Pipe Friction Laboratory,” American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers 5th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2020.  doi:

Bellocchio, A., Benson, M., Van Poppel, B., Norberg, S., Benz, R. “An Enhanced Gas Turbine Engine Laboratory:  A Learning Platform Supporting an Undergraduate Engineering Program,” Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2019 Turbo Machinery Technical Conference, Phoenix, AZ, June 17-21, 2019.  doi:

Bass, J., Bouchard, E., Bellocchio, A., Courtois, N., Lacerda, M., Marois, F., Mehanovic, D., Murphy, A., Peloquin, R., Schrage, D., Rancourt, D., “Preliminary Design of a Highly Efficient VTOL System Based on Tethered Fixed-Wing Aircraft,” Proceedings of the 75th Annual Forum of the Vertical Flight Society, Philadelphia, PA, May 13-16, 2019.  75_2019_0023_Bass

Beigh., M., Bellocchio, A., “Analysis of a Maintenance Free Operating Period Sustainment Strategy for Future Vertical Lift Family of Systems,” U.S. Army Technical Report AD1111700.  DTIC:  ORCEN-TR-1801.

Byers, L., Bellocchio, A., and Crawford, B.G..  "Applying Physics to an Undergraduate Design for an Unmanned Aerial System."  International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education 38, no. 4 (October, 2010), pp. 339-351.  doi:

Crispino, E., Bellocchio, A., Hamilton, S., Hill, A., and Ressler, S., “Implementing a Faculty Development Strategy at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan”, Proceedings of the ASEE 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX, June 14-17, 2009.  doi: