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Aviation Risk Research Earns Scientists SAE Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 17, 2007 - Michael Hadjimichael and John McCarthy have been selected to receive SAE International's Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.  They will be presented the award during the SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Los Angeles, Sept. 17-20. 

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE or SAE section meeting.  The late Arch T. Colwell, who first funded this award, served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941. 

The SAE Foundation now funds this award.  In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Hadjimichael and McCarthy are recognized for co-authoring the paper, “Development of a Fuzzy Expert System for Aviation Risk Modeling” (SAE paper 2005-01-3357).

Michael HadjimichaelMichael Hadjimichael
Hadjimichael is a computer scientist in the Marine Meteorology Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif.  He has been involved in aviation risk assessment for seven years.  His research interests focus on applications of artificial intelligence methods.

Hadjimichael is the recipient of a Research Associateship Award from the National Research Council.  He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Society of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Hadjimichael earned his bachelor's in physics and computer science from Cornell University; his master's in computer science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook; and his doctorate in computer science from the University of Regina, Canada. 

John McCarthyJohn McCarthy
McCarthy is President of Aviation Weather Associates, Inc., in Palm Desert, Calif.  He is also a weather consultant with the Federal Aviation Administration.  Previously, he worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif., and served as Director of the Research Applications Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.  He has devoted most of his career to the discovery, detection and warning of weather hazards to aviation.

McCarthy holds a bachelor's in physics from Grinnell College; a master's in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma; and a doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.