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Brooks Receives SAE Award for Turbomachinery Engineering

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 17, 2008 - Vern E. Brooks is the recipient of SAE International's Cliff Garrett Turbomachinery Engineering Award. He will be honored during the SAE Power Systems Conference in Bellevue, Wash., Nov. 10-13.

The Cliff Garrett Award, established in 1984, recognizes an authority in turbomachinery engineering for on-highway, off-highway, spacecraft or aircraft vehicle use. SAE International administers this annual lecture to honor Cliff Garrett and the inspiration he provided as an aerospace pioneer.

The award is made possible by a contribution from the Garrett Corporation, which is now a division of Honeywell, and the SAE Foundation. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

About the recipient:

Vern E. Brooks
Brooks is President of Technical Directions, Inc. (TDI), a position he has held for 25 years. Located in Ortonville, Mich., TDI is a firm specializing in the design and development of small turbine engine systems for military applications.

In his role as President, Brooks has overall technical and business responsibility for the firm. He also directs the design and development of small, low-cost turbojet engines with thrust capabilities in the 30-100 pound range. The engines are developed using turbocharger rotating components with fuel-lubricated bearings, internally mounted generators, and accessory and control systems.

Brooks began his career in the field of gas turbine engine design and development. He has been associated with Eaton Corporation, Vickers Incorporated, General Motors Corporation and Continental Aviation and Engineering. He holds seven patents in engines and control systems.

Brooks is a member of SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He is a past recipient of the Lockheed Martin Small Business Supplier of the Year Award and the Small Business Administration Sub-Contactor of the Year Award. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Brooks holds a bachelor's and a master's in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. He resides in Ortonville, Mich.

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