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Hirschberg Receives SAE Aerospace Chair Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 30, 2006 -  

Michael HirschbergMichael Hirschberg of CENTRA Technology, Inc., in  Arlington, Va., has been selected to receive SAE International's 2006 Aerospace Chair Award. The award will be presented at the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, September 2007.

This award, established in 1997, recognizes outstanding leadership demonstrated by SAE International committee chairs. Hirschberg is being recognized for his service and contributions to the technical program of the International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC), one of the events co-located at the 2005 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition. In addition to serving as IPLC Technical Program Chair, and playing an active role in the development of two dozen sessions, he organized and moderated a well-received keynote panel, "VSTOL: A New Era."

As an aerospace engineer at CENTRA Technology, Inc., Hirschberg provides technical and analytical support to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on advanced unmanned aircraft concepts. Prior to joining CENTRA, he worked for six years in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office, supporting the development of the X-32 and X-35 propulsion systems, and was designated as the JSF Historian. He also has several years of experience working on the F-22 Raptor and advanced propulsion systems.

Hirschberg has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications, including two books, on vertical and/or short take-off and landing (V/STOL), unmanned and other advanced aircraft. Along with his SAE membership, he is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  He serves on the AIAA V/STOL and History Technical Committees, and he sits on the AIAA National Capital Section executive council. Hirschberg is also an active member of the American Helicopter Society (AHS). He founded and is now the vice-chair of the AHS History Committee, serves as managing editor of the Society’s Vertiflite magazine, and sits on the AHS Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Committee.

Hirschberg holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the  University  of  Virginia.