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Klaus Fritz, Diehl Aerospace Engineer, Honored with the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 1, 2011 - Klaus Fritz, a senior systems engineer with Diehl Aerospace GmbH, was honored with the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Merit Award during the SAE International 2011 AeroTech Congress held in Toulouse, France.

The award recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of SAE International or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. Established in 1965, the award is administered by the Colwell Merit Award Board. It is named after Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941. His own technical papers were outstanding examples of engineering excellence and clear writing.

Fritz was honored for his SAE International technical paper, “System Dependency Analysis Supporting Common Cause Analyses of Complex Aircraft Systems”.”

Fritz is a senior systems engineer in the aerospace industry with more than 15 years of experience. He is an expert in systems safety/reliability and architecture of safety critical systems (e.g. fly-by-wire flight controls). His special interest includes model-based safety assessments, safety analysis methodology and processes. Fritz currently works for Diehl Aerospace GmbH, a leading German supplier of Avionics systems and lighting concepts for civil and military aircraft. Prior to that, he worked for Airbus Deutschland (A380), Fairchild Dornier (728Jet) and Diehl BGT (Eurofighter Typhoon). For the 728 Jet, Klaus was a German LBA (now EASA) candidate design responsible engineer (DRE) for certification of the primary flight controls. For Eurofighter Typhoon he was stationed on-site at BAE Systems (UK). He has published several papers on flight controls and system safety/reliability, including authoring a series of SAE International papers on the “system dependency analysis” which is a model-based safety assessment methodology and tool to determine the system reliability of complex aircraft systems.

A member of SAE International since 2004, Fritz is an active participant of the SAE committee S-18 Safety Assessment for Airborne Systems & Equipment. He also supports the EUROCAE working group 61. 

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