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William Steenken to Receive SAE Air Transportation Progress Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 17, 2007 - William Steenken

William Steenken, a consulting engineer with GE Aviation, is the recipient of SAE International's Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. He will be presented the award during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, Sept. 17-20.

The award, established in 1978, recognizes an individual for contributing to air transportation and/or the work of the SAE aerospace technical committees. The award commemorates the late Franklin W. Kolk and his contributions to the advancement of civil air transportation and SAE International.

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.

Steenken is a consulting engineer for GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this role, he provides mentoring, educational, and special projects support in engine operability. Steenken retired from his full-time position with GE Aviation in 2001 after 29 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Steenken served as a project leader for the Non-Recoverable Stall Investigation and NASA High Alpha Research Vehicle teams, and managed the Engine Operability team. Steenken began his career in 1967 with General Dyanamics in Fort Worth, Texas.

Steenken is the publisher of 34 papers and author of a chapter for a book on aircraft systems design. He is the recipient of two NASA Space Act Awards, two GE Aviation Awards, and the GE Aircraft Engines Engineer's Day Community Activities Award.

Steenken is Chairman of the SAE S16 Turbine Engine Inlet Flow Distortion Committee and a member of SAE E33 In-flight Propulsion Measurements Committee. Steenken is also a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Aerospace.

Steenken holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Hamilton, Ohio.

To set up an interview with Steenken, please contact Karen Tripp at GE Aviation, karen.tripp@ae.ge.com.