Lester D. Eisner, Major General (USA Retired) is the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina (USC). In that capacity he is working public –private partnership opportunities leveraging the University’s substantial academic strength in Condition Based Maintenance, Aerospace and Cyber. He joined the University of South Carolina in June 2014 after a distinguished 37 year career in both the Active Army and Army National Guard. MG Eisner (Ret) held key leadership and staff positions throughout his career to include serving with the Night Stalkers Special Operation Task Force and commanding at the Battalion and Brigade level. His culminating assignment was as the Deputy Adjutant General of the South Carolina National Guard where he had personnel management, training, equipping and infrastructure oversight of more than 12,000 soldiers and airmen in South Carolina and deployed around the world. MG Eisner (Ret) is a 5000 plus hour pilot in command, maintenance test pilot and instructor pilot, rated in multiple rotary and fixed wing aircraft, including the AH-64 Apache. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
In 1984 MG Eisner’s (Ret) began his involvement in Conditioned Based Maintenance (CBM) and predictive maintenance systems requiring data collection, data analytics, advanced sensing, and embedded diagnostics and Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) for rotorcraft and aerospace applications. During this period he was directly involved in a pivotal prototype HUMS system for the U.S. Army. Through the initial HUMS testing and early operational fielding it was necessary to develop data collection protocols, refine data analysis techniques and develop methods to optimize information to improve maintenance procedures, aircraft reliability, readiness and safety while reducing cost. The data collection, data analysis refinement and process changes identified during this key HUMS/CBM effort became the bedrock of today’s U.S. Army CBM program. MG Eisner (Ret) is considered a subject matter expert on Conditioned Based Maintenance, predictive maintenance and HUMS. He has co-authored several papers on Condition Based Maintenance related topics as well as serving on key General Officer U.S. Army CBM advisory panels and academic boards.