SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Read More

NASA Researchers, Engineering Professor Receive SAE Award for Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 19, 2007 - Three NASA engineers and one engineering educator are recipients of SAE International's Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. They were presented the award during the SAE 2007 World Congress.

The recipients are being honored for co-authoring the paper, "Lyophilization for Water Recovery III, System Design" (SAE Paper No. 2005-01-3084).

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.

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.

The recipients 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.