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Georgia Institute of Technology Engineers Win SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 28, 2006 - A team of engineers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has been selected to receive SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.  They will be presented the award at the SAE General Aviation Technology Conference & Exhibition (GATC) in Wichita, Kansas, August 29 – 31, 2006.

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 International meetings in 2004, including a paper authored by the Georgia Institute of Technology team: “Technology Portfolio Assessments Using a Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm” (2004-01-3144). 

Christopher M. Raczynski

Raczynski is a graduate research assistant in the Aerospace Systems Design lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing his doctorate research in the area of technology prioritization processes for future aerospace programs. He recently contributed to NASA’s Exploration Systems Architecture Study in the area of prioritizing the technologies that will be necessary for the return to the moon.  Previously, he worked with the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Group as a co-operative education student and intern in the Advanced Concepts Group.  He has co-authored three published documents.  Raczynksi was named the 2003 Graduate Student Missile Design Competition Winner by the Association of Astronautics and Aeronautics Institute and received the Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contribution in Support of NASA’s 60-Day Exploration Systems Architecture Study Technology Assessment.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Michelle R. Kirby

Kirby is a research engineer in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is currently managing research sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, NASA and GE Aviation.  She recently led planning efforts for NASA’s Exploration Systems Architecture Study and is in the process of developing a method for NASA’s Vehicle Systems Program.  Kirby developed the Technology Identification, Evaluation and Selection method being used widely by both industry and government. She has also tutored various organizations and has published more than 40 conference papers and contract reports.  A member of SAE International, Kirby serves on the SAE Aerodynamics Committee and is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Kirby holds a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Dimitri Mavris

Mavris is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory.  To date, Mavris has made several significant accomplishments in the area of multi-disciplinary design, particularly in advanced probabilistic design methodology, technology impact forecasting and design for safety.  He previously worked with the Pentagon, assessing engines for what is now the Joint Strike Fighter program.  All the students involved in the study received certificates of commendation and the program now consists of a mixture of government and industry organizations.  In addition to sponsored research, Mavris has also served as a faculty adviser to graduate and undergraduate student design teams that earned several first place finishes during the last ten years.  He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.