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Dr. Armand J. Chaput to Receive SAE Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award

Warrendale, PA, July 15, 2004 -

Dr. Armand J. Chaput, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas, has been selected to receive the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. He will be presented the award on November 3, 2004 at the SAE World Aviation Congress.

This award, established in 1993, annually recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their significant contributions to the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft, especially those vehicles which perform military missions. It honors the memory of Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson and the enormous impact he had on the aerospace industry as the aeronautical genius who created Lockheed's famed Skunk Works and who played a leading role in the design and development of more than 40 of the world's most advanced aircraft.

In his current position at Lockheed, Dr. Chaput works as a member of the Systems Engineering staff, where he has been involved in a wide variety of advanced aerospace development programs. He also teaches Aircraft Design as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as a Short Course Instructor for the University of Kansas. He was previously employed at the Boeing Company, the Central Intelligence Agency and has served on active duty as an Army Ordnance Corps officer.

In addition to his membership with SAE, Dr. Chaput is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a past member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Trustees of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. He has also served on a number of government panels, including the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies. During his career, Dr. Chaput has authored more than 25 publications and invited papers.

Dr. Chaput has a bachelor's and master's degree in Aerospace Engineering and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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