Jerrad Alexander

Objects Conservator

  • Conservation

Jerrad Alexander is an objects conservator specializing in aerospace objects and other large technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist and Flight Engineer. His introduction to the field of conservation was as a technical consultant on the Apollo F-1 Engine Recovery and Conservation project. There his expertise in aerospace systems, engineering, and mechanics aided the conservation team. Fascinated by the work of the conservators, he stayed on as a Conservation Technician until the project’s completion. Afterward, he attended graduate school at the University of Melbourne, Australia, completing a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation and interning at the Australian War Memorial. At the National Air and Space Museum, Jerrad uses his training and experience to help preserve the museum’s unique collection of aerospace heritage.

Publications Presentations

Alexander, J, 2019 The Use of Industrial Vapor-phase Corrosion Inhibitors on Large and Composite Objects, Metal2019 Conference, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Mardikian, P, Chemello, C, and Alexander, J, 2016, One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Conservation, Objects Specialty Group Postprints, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Mardikian, P, Chemello, C, and Alexander, J, 2015, Strategies for Preserving Layers of History on Apollo-era Flown Engines, Big Stuff Conference, Lewarde, France.

Alexander, J, Mardikian, P, 2014, The Boneyard: The World’s Largest Military Aircraft Repository, Aluminum: History, Technology and Conservation Conference, Washington DC, USA.