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BAE Systems Engineers Receive SAE Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 12, 2006 - Three engineers from BAE Systems, Richard Cook, Peter Curtis and Peter Fenton, have been selected to receive SAE International's Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal. The awards will be presented during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, September 2007.

The award, established in 1928, recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to the design, construction or research of aerospace engines. The award commemorates Charles M. Manly, 1919 SAE President, for his contributions to the field of aeronautical engineering.  

The BAE Systems engineers are being recognized for their technical paper, “State of the Art in Sub-scale STOVL Hot Gas Ingestion Wind Tunnel Test Techniques” (SAE Paper No. 2005-01-3158).  Their paper focuses on Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

Richard CookRichard Cook
Cook has worked for BAE Systems on the JSF program for the last six years.  He is currently Flight Sciences Lead at BAE Systems, Warton, where he focuses on JSF and aircraft carrier integration.  Until recently, he was located at Fort Worth, Texas, working with Lockheed Martin, a partner on the JSF program, as a senior engineer for the Propulsion Aerodynamics Team.  He was responsible for leading the STOVL Hot Gas Ingestion wind tunnel test program for JSF. 

Cook has several published works to his credit and received many awards as a student, including the Royal Aeronautical Society Prize for Most Distinguished Aerospace Engineering Degree and the British Aerospace Prize for Best Individual Degree Project.  Cook, Curtis and Fenton were also members of a BAE Systems team that won the Chairman's Silver Award in 2005 for JSF STOVL propulsion performance enhancement. 

Cook is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He holds a degree in aerospace engineering with first class honors from Kingston University.

Peter CurtisPeter Curtis
Curtis is the leader of an engineering shared service within BAE Systems’ Military Air Solutions division.  His interest lies in propulsion aerodynamics and his recent work has focused on hot gas ingestion issues with the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter program and hover performance improvements for Harrier aircraft. Curtis has extensive experience in STOVL aerodynamics, having been involved in the research, concept evaluation and development programs for the past 20 years.

The author of many technical papers, Curtis also co-authored a recently published book on VSTOL aerodynamics. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

Curtis holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Queen Mary College in London.

Peter FentonPeter Fenton
Fenton is Wind Tunnel Project Supervisor at BAE Systems, Warton, where he has been actively involved with all aspects of the JSF hot gas ingestion model, including its design, manufacture, testing and development. 

Fenton joined the wind tunnel department at BAE Systems in 1978.  Since then, he has worked on a large variety of aircraft projects in the numerous test facilities at Warton and worked in the aerodynamics department, focusing on performance, propulsion and static loads.  He also worked on the ASTOVL program at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. 

Fenton served as a BAE Systems apprentice and holds a Higher National Certificate in mechanical engineering.