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Robert E. Spitzer Receives 2002 SAE Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award

Warrendale, PA, Oct. 22, 2003 - Robert "Bob" E. Spitzer, a vice president of Technical Affiliations at Boeing World Headquarters, has received the 2002 SAE Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. Spitzer was presented with the award during a banquet ceremony at the 2003 Aerospace Congress and Exhibition in September, 2003.

This award, established in 1978, recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation and/or to the work of the aerospace technical committees in developing aerospace standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The award acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive contributions of the late Franklin W. Kolk to the advancement of civil air transportation and to the associated work of the Society.

Bob Spitzer has more than 35 years of experience with Boeing. Early on in his career, Spitzer worked on technical aspects of the 737, the NASA Augmentor Wing STOL research airplane, and the U.S. Air Force YC-14. He moved on to hold various management positions including chief engineer and program manager for the Boeing portion of the B-2 program. In his current position, he is responsible for the development of company-wide networks with key government, academic, industry, and technical organizations and associations in order to increase the awareness of global aerospace issues and technology initiatives.

Spitzer holds a Master of Science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, and an aeronautical engineering graduate degree from California Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves as SAE's Vice President for Aerospace. He also serves on the ABET Industry Advisory Council and the NASA Aerospace Technology Advisory Committee.