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Boeing Company Technical Fellow Honored with SAE International Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 25, 2013 - John C. Dalton, Technical Fellow for the Boeing Company in Airplane Safety Engineering, was honored with the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal during the SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition, held in Montreal, Canada.

Established in 1976, the award recognizes a unique and outstanding contribution over a period of time to the work of the technical committees under the SAE International Technical Standards Board in developing standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The medal was named in honor of Arch T. Colwell, its first recipient and 1941 SAE International President, who symbolized the dedication and devotion of SAE members who work to further the objectives of the SAE Technical Standards Program.

Mr. Dalton has more than 40 years of engineering, safety analysis and management experience in airplane design and maintenance.  In his present assignment, he functions as the Technical Fellow in airplane safety, charged with helping the company to resolve safety issues which require changes in the company’s basic policies and procedures.  In addition, he works with the airlines to improve operational safety in the field.     

He is a Fellow of SAE International and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, as well as Chairman of the SAE International S-18 international safety committee. In addition, Mr. Dalton is a member of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board and Chairman of the SAE Air & Space Group. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the SAE Aerospace Journal, and has authored numerous technical publications on the aircraft design safety field.     

Mr. Dalton is a retired Air Force Lt. Col. with 24 years of service, of which six years were active duty and 18 years were reserve. His active duty was as Maintenance Supervisor, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (SR-71), where he managed 500 officers, technicians and civilian engineers in maintaining the triple sonic “Blackbird” aircraft. His reserve experience included five years as a squadron commander, six years as an engineering liaison officer in foreign military sales and seven years of line maintenance management.  Mr. Dalton holds degrees in English Literature, Biology and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada at Reno and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. 

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