Eric Thomas to Receive the 2003 Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal

Eric Thomas Warrendale, PA (November 17, 2004) - Eric Thomas has been selected to receive the 2003 Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal. The award will be presented on November 3, 2004 during the World Aviation Congress in Reno, Nevada.

This award, established in 1928, annually recognizes the author(s) of the best paper relating to theory or practice in the design or construction of, or research on, aerospace engines, their parts, components, or accessories at a meeting of the Society or its sections during the calendar year. The award commemorates the contributions made by Charles M. Manly, SAE's President in 1919, to the field of aeronautical engineering.

Thomas is a Senior Technology Engineer with DuPont Dow Elastomers' Akron Lab, located in Stow, Ohio. His work involves product development, technical support and market development for the Viton´┐Ż fluoroelastomer in the aerospace, automotive, truck and off-highway market segments. His current technical interest is the optimization of fluoroelastomers and perfluoroelastomers for aerospace lube oil systems. Additional interests include product development for injection molding of fluoroelastomer sealing devices.

Thomas' career in the rubber industry began in 1974 when he joined Industrial Electronic Rubber Co., a molder of precision elastomeric seals. He served in several technical assignments supporting R&D, engineering, manufacturing, and sales and marketing. He became Technical Director in 1982. In 1987, he joined DuPont and, subsequently, DuPont Dow Elastomers in 1996.

Thomas holds two patents and has authored fifteen technical papers. He is an associate member of SAE and the American Chemical Society's Rubber Division. He has served as Secretary of the SAE AMS CE Elastomers Committee for the past eight years. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Florida Southern College.