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Dr. Klaus Nittinger to Receive 2006 SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award

Warrendale, PA, Aug. 9, 2005 - Dr. Klaus NittingerDr. Klaus Nittinger, advisor to the chairman of Lufthansa German Airlines has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award. He will be presented with the award during the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 9-12, 2006 at the Reno Hilton 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 (1959). He was renowned for his contributions to the design of, and operational requirements for, civil transport aircraft.

Nittinger currently advises Lufthansa's chairman and executive board on fleet issues, including such issues as strategic fleet planning, aircraft evaluation and definition, aircraft purchase and sale, and technology innovation. His experience at Lufthansa has included responsibility for such activities as aircraft type coordination for the LH fleet; definition, evaluation and contract negotiation of a multitude of new aircraft (a.o. A380, A 340, B 747-400, A 320/21, B 737-500, CRJ); and operations management (i.e., decision-making with regard to crew planning, electronic flight planning, security measures,environmental issues), among others. Before joining Lufthansa, he was the assistant program manager at "ERNO" where he helped develop and test a hypersonic vehicle.

Nittinger holds a master's degree in aerospace and systems engineering and a doctorate in engineering, both from the Technical University of Berlin.