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Dr. John H. McMasters to Receive 2004 SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award

Warrendale, Pa., July 1, 2004 -

Dr. John H. McMasters, a Program Manager for the Ed Wells Initiative at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wa., has been selected as the recipient of the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award. He will be presented the award on January 11, 2005 at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

This award, established in 1971, recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of air transport engineering. The award perpetuates the memory of William Littlewood, the only person ever to serve as president of both SAE (1954) and the AIAA. He was renowned for his contributions to the design of, and operational requirements for, civil transport aircraft.

Dr. McMasters joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 1976 as a research aerodynamicist and is now a staff member of the Ed Wells Initiative, a joint program between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace charged with enhancing the excellence of the SPEEA represented Boeing technical workforce. In addition to working at Boeing, Dr. McMasters also pursues his strong interest in education by applying his engineering expertise as an Affiliate Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington. Throughout his career, he has authored more than 100 technical papers and publications on low-speed/high-lift aerodynamics, airplane design, biomechanics, paleontology and engineering education.

An Associate Fellow of the AIAA, he has twice served as an AIAA Distinguished Lecturer and has been selected as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-07. In 2002, he was named an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer by the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.

Dr. McMasters holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a doctorate from Purdue University, all in aeronautical engineering.

For more information, contact SAE Awards and Scholarships Program Manager Lori Pail at (724) 772-8534 or at