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U.K.-Based Researchers Receive SAE Award for Wind Tunnel Study

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 11, 2008 - Three engineering researchers from the United Kingdom are recipients of SAE International's Colwell Merit Award. They were honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

The Colwell Merit Award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE conference 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 following recipients are recognized for co-authoring, “The Development of a Passive Magnetic Levitation System for Wind Tunnel Models” (SAE paper #2006-01-0566). The paper documents the design and development of a magnetic levitation system to support ground vehicle models in a wind tunnel.

Robert Muscroft

Muscroft is Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer at Durham Mag-Lev, U.K.  He founded the company to further develop Passive Magnetic Levitation Systems. His work focuses on improving the aerodynamic testing of racecars to reduce errors and increase accuracy by supporting the test vehicle with magnetic fields.

Muscroft is an associate member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering from Durham University in the United Kingdom.

David B. Sims-Williams

Sims-Williams is a lecturer in engineering at Durham University. His research interests include aerodynamics and the development of airflow instrumentation. Previously, he was employed by Alstom and Reynard Motorsport.

Sims-Williams has more than 20 technical papers to his credit. He is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and MSAE. He also is a Chartered Professional Engineer in the United Kingdom.

Sims-Williams holds a degree in engineering from Cambridge University and a doctorate in engineering from Durham University.

For more information on Sims-Williams, please contact Claire Whitelaw at Durham University,

David Cardwell

Cardwell is a professor of superconducting engineering at the University of Cambridge.  His research focuses on the processing and application of bulk high-temperature superconductors, which can be used to generate magnetic fields larger than those of conventional magnets. Previously, he worked as a senior principal scientist for GEC-Marconi Materials Technology, Ltd.

Cardwell has authored or co-authored more than 250 technical publications. He is editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Superconducting Materials. He is an editorial board member of publications for the Journal of the Korean Institute of Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics, the Japanese Institute of Metals and the U.K. Institute of Materials. He is also an elected board member of the International Cryogenic Materials Conference and a recipient of the PASREG Award for his outstanding contributions to the processing of bulk superconductors.

Cardwell is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow and admissions tutor for sciences at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He holds a bachelor’s in physics from the University of Warwick, a master’s in physics from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in physics from the University of Warwick.

For more information on Cardwell, please contact Helen Slater at Cambridge, 

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