Jay J. Pengra to Receive SAE Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award

Jay John PengraWarrendale, PA (September 9, 2005) - Jay John Pengra, retired Senior Design Specialist from Lockheed Martin's Advanced Design Programs in Palmdale, California, has been selected to receive the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. He will be presented the award on October 5, 2005 at the SAE AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

This award, established in 1978, annually recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation. SAE founded the award to acknowledge and commemorate the late Franklin W. Kolk's distinctive impact on the advancement of civil air transportation and to the associated work of the Society.

Pengra began his 37 year career in the aerospace industry with Lockheed California Company in 1966, where he directed research on the fatigue enhancement and stress corrosion characteristics of high strength steel alloys principally used on aircraft landing gears. He was later responsible for application of metallic materials on Lockheed Martins Advanced Design Programs, also known as the Skunk Works. These programs included the SR 71, U-2, F-117, and the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) competition.

Pengra is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace Materials Division (AMD) and the Aerospace Metals Engineering Committee (AMEC). He has been a member of the AMD Commodity Committees for over 29 years and was past Chairperson of AMEC for 19 years. While Chairperson of AMEC, the committee was able to increase the participation of representatives from metallic raw material producers and metallic processing sectors. These representatives assisted in making the Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) of AMD more user friendly while maintaining design integrity.

Pengra holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Long Beach State College in 1966 and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.