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Boeing Technical Fellow to Receive SAE Marvin Whitlock Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 14, 2007 - Sharanpal (Paul) S. Sikand

Sharanpal (Paul) S. Sikand, a Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, is the recipient of SAE International's Marvin Whitlock Award. He will be presented the award during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, Sept. 17-20.

This award, established in 1988, recognizes an individual for significant technical contributions related to the operational availability of aircraft. Operational availability includes areas such as repair design, tooling, maintenance practices, logistics, inspection, modification and safety. The award commemorates the late Marvin Whitlock, former Senior Vice President of Maintenance and member of the Board of Directors for United Airlines.

This award is funded through the SAE Foundation. 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.

Sikand is a Technical Fellow and design integration specialist for the C-17 Global Mobility Systems Programs at Boeing. A recognized industry expert in airplane propulsion systems technology and systems integration, Sikand has made significant and long-lasting contributions to commercial and military air transportation. These contributions have resulted in improvements in airplane performance, reliability and safety, as well as reduced cycle time, weight and cost.

An active member of SAE International, Sikand organizes technical sessions and presents research at SAE conferences, serves on the Electronic Engine Controls and General Standards for Aerospace and Propulsion Systems standards committees, and participates as a judge for the SAE Aero Design West competition. He is also Founder and past President of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin and serves on the national board. A recipient of the Boeing Special Invention Award, Sikand has published several technical papers and has one patent and two patents pending.

In his community, Sikand volunteers as a teacher and mentor for engineering students and participates in the Special Olympics, the Amelia Earhart Society, Education Enrichment Day and Help Engineer Your Career.

Sikand holds a master's in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's with distinction in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is an Authorized Representative of the Federal Aviation Administration and a Boeing Design Approval Engineer. He resides in Irvine, California.

To set up an interview with Sikand, please contact Rick Sanford at Boeing, rick.sanford@boeing.com.