Jayant (Jay) D. Patel to Receive 2004 SAE Marvin Whitlock Award

Jayant (Jay) D. PatelWarrendale, PA (August 23, 2005) - Jayant (Jay) D. Patel, a Technical Fellow with The Boeing Company's Phantom Works, has been selected to receive the 2004 SAE Marvin Whitlock Award. Patel will be presented with the award at a banquet ceremony (Wednesday, October 5) during the SAE 2005 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition, October 3-6, 2005 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Area, Texas, USA.

This award, established in 1988, honors individuals for significant technical contributions and/or innovation related to operational availability of aircraft. Operational availability includes areas such as repair design, tooling, maintenance practices, logistics, inspection, modification and safety. It acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive management contributions of the late Marvin Whitlock, Senior Vice President-Maintenance and a member of the Board of Directors of United Air Lines.

Patel works in the area of composites and plastics technologies at Boeing. He serves as a corporate advisor for elastomers and has been a leader in the development of state-of-the-art designs, new materials and process technologies. Patel holds 21 patents, including five Special Inventor Awards, representing industry standard technologies that have benefited both commercial airlines and military customers. He has performed root cause analysis and developed innovative technical solutions for the resolution of complex in-service airline issues. These innovative technologies have provided large cost and weight savings to the airlines. Recently, he resolved complex anomalies affecting the Twinjet Air Supply Ducts, Engine Electronic Controls, Minuteman III Missiles and Satellite Launch-Lock System.

Patel has provided leadership to professional societies, such as SAE, the Society of Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and Boeing Technical Excellence Conference BTEC in organizing conferences, sessions and presentations. He has authored over 100 technical papers and won industry awards from many companies, including General Electric, Amoco, RMB Products and Industrial Tube Corporation. A founding director of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI), Patel also actively participates in local charitable organizations, providing volunteer service to the Special Olympics, Amelia Earhart Society, Technical Fellowship Council, and the Lakewood City Park. In addition, he volunteers his services by teaching and mentoring students and young engineers.

Jay holds a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the M.S. University of Baroda, India, and was a post graduate research scholar at Drexel University, Philadelphia.