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Aerospace Engineering Professors to Receive SAE International's Educational Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 16, 2006 - Four aerospace engineering professors have been selected to receive SAE International’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. They will be presented the award at the SAE 2007 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition.

The award, established in 1965, recognizes outstanding engineering educators and offers them the opportunity to meet and exchange views with practicing engineers in their fields. The award is funded by the late Ralph R. Teetor, 1936 SAE International President, who believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers.

Dr. John L. CrassidisDr. John L. Crassidis

Crassidis is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He held previous academic appointments at Texas A&M University and the Catholic University of America; and he was a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center. He is also the director of the Advanced Navigation & Control Systems laboratory. An author of more than 90 journal and conference papers, Crassidis is the principal author of a new textbook titled Optimal Estimation of Dynamic Systems. He has received many awards for his achievements, including best paper awards for the 2001 and 2003 Guidance, Navigation & Control conferences, and the University at Buffalo Young Investigator award. Crassidis is Chair of the National Technical Committee on guidance, navigation and control. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Dr. Lyon B. KingDr. Lyon B. King

King is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University. He is also the founder and president of Aerophysics, Inc., a small firm researching and developing novel technologies for homeland defense and space military applications. He was previously a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, He has published numerous scientific papers and holds a patent for spacecraft ion rockets. King has received many honors from NASA for his achievements and was granted Fellowship from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts. He is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. King earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Paul OhDr. Paul Oh

Oh is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Drexel University. He is also the director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab. He held previous academic appointments as an adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University, a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Lab, and an Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow at the Naval Research Lab. His professional experience includes working at such companies as Bell Atlantic Science and Technology Labs, Oerlikon Aerospace, CAE Electronics and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. He has authored more than 50 publications. He has received numerous awards for his achievements, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and top awards in the U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition. He was named a 2006 Boeing Welliver Fellow. A member of SAE International, he is also active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Oh earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University, his master’s degree in mechanical design and production from Seoul National University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

Dr. David B. SpencerDr. David B. Spencer

Spencer is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the aerospace engineering department at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, Spencer was a program manager at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and a member of the technical staff at The Aerospace Corporation. He is an Associate Fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. He is also a senior member of the American Astronomical Society, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University, and a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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