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University of Central Florida, NASA Engineers Win SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 22, 2006 - A team of engineers from the University of Central Florida and the NASA Kennedy Space Center has been selected to receive SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.  They will be presented the award at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit, April 3-6. 

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941.  Seven papers were selected from 2,677 published for SAE meetings during 2004 for this year’s honor, including a paper authored by the University of Central Florida/NASA team: “A Distributed Environment for Analysis of Events Related to Range Safety” (2004-01-3095).

Jose A. SepulvedaDr. Jose A. Sepulveda

Sepulveda is an associate pro­fessor in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and and has written two books and numerous publications.  He received an Ingeniero Civil Químico degree from the Universidad Santa María in Val­paraíso.  He also holds a master’s degree in public health and both master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.


 Dr. Luis RabeloDr. Luis Rabelo

Rabelo is an associate professor in the department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, a NASA Fellow at Kennedy Space Center and the CTO of American Technologika.  He has authored 30 journal articles, 160 conference proceedings and has three international patents in aerospace.  He is a Distinguished Alumni member of the Technological University of Panama.  Rabelo received dual degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering from the Technological University of Panama and master’s degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Missouri-Rolla. He received a doctorate in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he also did post-doctoral work in nuclear engineering and artificial intelligence. He also holds dual master’s degrees in aerospace systems engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeppie R. ComptonJeppie R. Compton

Compton is a NASA engineer at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  He provides systems safety support to NASA’s Exploration program and collaborates on a Virtual Test Bed effort with the Universityof Central Florida.  In addition to his nine published documents, he received the 2005 NASA Group Achievement Award, the 2005 NASA Exceptional Performance Award and led All Points Logistics, Inc. to be named the Kennedy Space Center Contractor of the Year in 2004.  He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Center for Simulation Society, the National Contract Management Association, the International Council on Systems Engineering, the National Defense Industrial Association and the National Management Association.  He holds a master’s degree in physical science/meteorology from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in physical science/meteorology from the University of Utah.