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Robert A. Mercure Receives 2004 SAE Aerospace Chair Award

Warrendale, PA, July 29, 2004 - Mr. Robert A. Mercure, a Propulsion Integration Manager for Space Transportation with the National Aero & Space Administration (NASA), has been selected to receive the 2004 Aerospace Chair Award on behalf of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He will be presented the award on November 3, 2004 during the World Aviation Congress in Reno, Nevada.

The award, established in 1997, recognizes outstanding leadership demonstrated by chairs of committees under the SAE Aerospace Council and Air & Space Group. Mercure was chosen to receive the award for his contributions to SAE aerospace conferences through the organization of nearly 20 sessions on the business and technical aspects of supersonic aircraft for the World Aviation Congress and the Aerospace Congress & Exhibition.

Mercure has worked diligently with the U.S. Government since 1975 in the field of gas turbine propulsion systems for air and ground vehicles. In addition to his current position with NASA, Mercure's government tenure has included the Departments of Energy, Transportation and the Army. Prior to joining the government, Mercure has held positions in the industry as a Project Engineer for the development of aircraft and automotive gas turbines. He also worked as a Consulting Engineer for the Michigan Research Corporation, where he worked on the design and development of gas turbines for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the General Motors Corporation.

Mercure has authored a number of technical papers for presentation at SAE conferences, along with conferences for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS). He is a member of the SAE General Committee, the AIAA Hypersonics Committee and the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute Committees. He is also the founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Interfaith Chapels.

A registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan, Mercure holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lawrence Technological University. He currently resides in Reston, Va.

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