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Philip Freeman Receives SAE International Wright Brothers Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 17, 2005 - Philip L. Freeman Philip L. Freeman, a researcher at Boeing Co., received the SAE International Wright Brothers Medal for his paper, "A Robust Method of Countersink Inspection Using Machine Vision” (Paper No. 2004-01-2820). The award was presented to the author Tuesday, Oct. 4 during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exposition at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Area, Texas.

This award, established in 1927, annually recognizes the author of the best paper relating to the invention, development, design, construction or operation of an aircraft or spacecraft. The award honors SAE International member Orville Wright and his brother, Wilbur, the first successful builders and operators of heavier-than-air flying equipment.

Freeman has worked with Boeing for the past seven years in Advanced Manufacturing R&D. He focuses on the development of low cost automation solutions to aircraft assembly, specifically robotic hole drilling. He holds a patent for a shop floor gauge calibration system. Prior to joining Boeing, he worked with Dynalogic Engineering to provide industrial automation solutions to a variety of companies and industries.

Freeman has authored several technical documents including, “A Novel Means of Software Compensation in Robots and Machine Tools,” which was presented at the 2004 WESTEC conference of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He holds both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington University