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Boeing, FAA Engineers Receive SAE Aerospace Chair Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 5, 2009 - Three SAE International committee leaders have been selected to receive SAE International's Aerospace Chair Award.

The award, established in 1997, recognizes outstanding leadership demonstrated by chairs of committees under the Aerospace Council and Air & Space Group.  The award is funded through the SAE Foundation.

The recipients are:

David Amirehteshami
Amirehteshami is being recognized for his work as Chair of the EMB Air and Space Group. He was presented the award at the Aerospace Manufacturing and Automated Fastening Conference last September in North Charleston, S.C. Amirehteshami leads the Boeing Phantom Works Assembly Technology Team, which is responsible for assembly technology development, transition and implementation across Boeing. Since joining Boeing in 1984, Amirehteshami has worked in various research and development and manufacturing engineering assignments in Phantom Works, Commercial Airplanes, and Integrated Defense Systems.

Amirehteshami earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. He resides in Los Alamitos, Calif.

For more information on Amirehteshami, contact Carol Hamelberg of Boeing at   

Sanford Fleishman
Fleishman, a Technical Fellow at Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, will be receiving his award at the SAE 2009 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, Nov. 10-12, in Seattle. As a Technical Fellow, Fleishman supports various programs within Boeing as a fuel system technical specialist. The programs include both military and commercial, along with study projects including alternative fuel and fuel tank ignition prevention.

Fleishman, a member of SAE International for 13 years, has published two SAE papers and has presented at many technical committee meetings. He earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Long Beach and a master’s in aerospace engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He resides in Kenmore, Wash.

For more information on Fleishman, please contact William Barksdale of Boeing at 

Paul Pendleton
Pendleton was presented his award at the Wichita Aviation Technology Congress and Exhibition last August, where he also served as Conference General Chair. Pendleton is a program manager with emphasis on propulsion engineering for the FAA Military Certification Office in Wichita, Kan. There, he works with all branches of the U.S. military, aircraft and engine manufacturers, and major aircraft modifiers to provide technical oversight and FAA aircraft and engine certification management.

Pendleton received his bachelor’s in aircraft mechanical engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University. He serves as President of the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies and previously served as Chairman for the Wichita Section of SAE. He also is a member of the SAE Air and Space Group, where he serves as a conference representative.  He resides in Wichita.

For more information on Pendleton, contact Diane Elston of FAA at

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