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NASA Researchers, Stanford Professor to Receive SAE Wright Brothers Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 4, 2007 - Three NASA engineers and a Stanford University professor have been selected to receive SAE International's Wright Brothers Medal. The award will be presented during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, September 2007.

This award, established in 1927, recognizes the author(s) of the best paper relating to the invention, development, design, construction or operation of an aircraft or spacecraft. The award honors SAE International member Orville Wright and his brother, Wilbur, the first successful builders and operators of heavier-than-air flying equipment.

The team receiving this award is being recognized for its paper, "Lyophilization for Water Recovery III, System Design" (SAE Paper No. 2005-01-3084).

This year's award-winning authors are:

John W. Fisher John W. Fisher
Fisher is the agency lead for space mission waste management technology development at NASA. He has been a lead engineer in life support research and development at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for 16 years. Before joining NASA, Fisher worked in chemical engineering for such companies as DuPont, American Cyanamid and Chevron Chemical Company.

Fisher has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal and conference publications. He was recognized at the 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems with the Award for Technical Excellence. He is a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.

Fisher holds a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a bachelor's in psychology from Rutgers University. He also holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from Stanford University.


Michael Flynn Michael Flynn
Flynn is the principal investigator for the Advanced Life Support Program at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. With more than 17 years of experience in the research and development of advanced life support systems, he is also the lead researcher for the Center's development of advanced water recycling systems.

Flynn has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical papers in his area of interest. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from San Francisco State University.


Eric J. Litwiller Eric J. Litwiller
Litwiller develops physicochemical processes for waste treatment and resource recycling at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. His current research focuses on improving spacecraft life support systems. During his career, he has helped design, build and test a variety of innovative chemical process prototypes, including systems for high recovery reverse osmosis, vapor compression distillation, incineration, and supercritical water oxidation.

Litwiller holds a bachelor's in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His master's and doctoral degrees are in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.


Martin Reinhard Martin Reinhard
Reinhard has been a research professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University since 1984. His research focuses on water reuse, remediation, and water treatment technologies. He has co-authored one book, and has written or contributed to more than120 journal articles and book chapters.

Reinhard has been honored with the James Farrell Faculty Advisor Award, co-sponsored by CH2M-Hill and the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, and the Jack Edward McKee Medal, sponsored by the Water Environment Federation. He has also been recognized by Thomson Scientific as "Highly Cited Researcher in Ecology and the Environment." He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Association of Environmental Engineering Professors.

Reinhard holds a doctoral degree in technical sciences from ETH-Zürich, Switzerland.