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Lusczek Receives SAE Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 5, 2007 - Joseph J. Lusczek, Jr. Joseph J. Lusczek, Jr., of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, is the recipient of SAE International's Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. He was presented the award during the SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Los Angeles.

This award, established in 1993, recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It honors the memory of Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, the creator of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, who played a leading role in the design and development of more than 40 of the world's most advanced aircraft.

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.

Lusczek is Technical Director of Aerospace Systems Design and Analysis in the Capabilities Integration Directorate of the Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He also supports the Air Force Research Laboratory.

During his career, Lusczek has distinguished himself as a significant contributor to the U.S. defense. He has been involved in the planning and justification the design requirements for most Air Force systems flying today – aircraft which prevailed in conflicts during the last four decades. Lusczek also has contributed to the international advancement of aircraft design and has provided military systems development planning insight to allied governments and U.S. aircraft manufacturers. Lusczek provided advice on the engineering curricula at the Air Force Academy and the University of Cincinnati, and he frequently lectures on aircraft design. He has authored and contributed to many technical publications.

Lusczek is the recipient of two awards from the U.S. Air Force and was a 2006 finalist for the Service to America Medal for Career Achievement. He is also recognized by Who's Who in Aviation. A member of SAE International, Lusczek is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, an Honorary Member of the Japanese Test Pilot Society, and a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the Air Force Association, the American Helicopter Society and the Defense Planning and Analysis Society.

Lusczek holds a bachelor's in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at Saint Louis University, and his master’s in public policy from the University of New Mexico. He is a graduate of Bound Brook High School in Bound Brook, N.J. He resides in Clayton, Ohio.

To set up an interview with Lusczek, please contact the 88 ABW Public Affairs Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 937-522-3252.

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