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NASA Aerospace Engineers to Receive SAE Award for Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 19, 2007 - NASA aerospace engineers from Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are recipients of SAE International's Arch T. Colwell 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.

The following recipients are being recognized for co-authoring the paper, “NASA Heavy Lift Rotorcraft Systems Investigation” (SAE paper 2005-01-3149).

Wayne Johnson

Johnson works in the aeromechanics branch at NASA Ames Research Center. Previously at NASA, he worked on the 40- by 80-foot wind tunnel at the Ames Research Center.

Johnson has extensive experience in technical writing and publishing. In addition to authoring the book Helicopter Theory, he has published nearly 90 papers and reports in the field of rotocraft aerodynamics. He is a member of the American Helicopter Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Johnson received his bachelor's and master's in aeronautical engineering and his doctorate in fluid mechanics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

To set up an interview with Johnson, please contact Michael Mewhinney at NASA Ames Research Center, Michael.S.Mewhinney@nasa.gov.

Michael Watts

Watts is an associate principle investigator of acoustics for the subsonic rotary wing project of NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program at NASA Langley Research Center. Prior to joining Langley, Watts worked at NASA Ames Research Center for nearly 20 years, holding a number of leadership positions in the rotorcraft technology branch and the computational sciences division.

Watts has authored or co-authored 34 publications. He has received several awards from NASA, and was recently awarded an Official Commendation from the Department of the Army. A member of the American Helicopter Society (AHS), he is the technical director of the AHS Hampton Roads Chapter. He is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Watts earned his bachelor's and master's in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. He resides in Yorktown, Va.

To set up an interview with Watts, please contact Katherine Barnstorff at NASA Langley Research Center, kathy.barnstorff@nasa.gov.

Gloria Yamauchi

Yamauchi is a project scientist for the subsonic rotary wing project of NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program at NASA Ames Research Center. She has held a number of leadership roles at NASA in rotorcraft research, with more than 24 years of experience in the field.

Yamauchi has 35 publications and has received several awards for her achievements in research and engineering from NASA, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) and the U.S. Army, including the recent Ames Honor Award. She is a member of AHS.

Yamauchi earned her bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and her master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

To set up an interview with Yamauchi, please contact Michael Mewhinney at NASA Ames Research Center, Michael.S.Mewhinney@nasa.gov.

To learn more about SAE International's Arch T. Colwell Merit Award, please contact pr@sae.org.

 

 

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