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Preston Henne Presents SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 9, 2007 - Preston Henne

Preston Henne of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is the recipient of the SAE International/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) William Littlewood Memorial Lecture. He presented the lecture during the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles.

This award, established in 1971, recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of air transport engineering. The award perpetuates the memory of William Littlewood, the only person ever to serve as president of both SAE International (1954) and the AIAA (1959). He was renowned for his contributions to the design of, and operational requirements for, civil transport 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.

Henne is Senior Vice President for Programs, Engineering and Testing at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for program management, engineering, and flight operations. He is also a Vice President at General Dynamics Corporation, a position he earned when the company acquired Gulfstream.

Henne began his aerospace career in 1969 at McDonnell Douglas, where he managed several advanced programs in aerodynamics and acoustics for both military and commercial aircraft. He was also Vice President and General Manager of the MD-90 Program at McDonnell Douglas' Long Beach Douglas Aircraft facility, where he oversaw the aircraft's complete development and certification process.

Henne is the recipient of the AIAA Engineer of the Year Award and the AIAA Hap Arnold Award for excellence in aeronautical program management. He is also a recipient of the University of Illinois Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.

Henne is a Fellow of the AIAA and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers, the Innovation Leadership Advisory Board at the University of Illinois' College of Engineering, and the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Board of Trustees.

Henne holds a bachelor's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with highest undergraduate honors from the University of Illinois and a master's in engineering from California State University at Long Beach. He resides in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

For more information on Henne, please contact Robert Baugniet at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., robert.baugniet@gulfstream.com.

For more information on the SAE International/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) William Littlewood Memorial Lecture, please contact pr@sae.org.