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Aviation Week 2010 Laureate Awards
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Andrew Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Congratulations to the 53rd Annual Laureate Award Winners

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  • Aeronautics/Propulsion: Jeff Braun, director of the U.S. Air Force Alternative Fuels Certification Office, launched an ambitious initiative to certify plant-derived biofuels for the U.S. Air Force.
  • Commercial Air Transport: Wolfgang Mayrhuber, CEO of Lufthansa, transformed Lufthansa into Europe’s largest airline through integration of other carriers and debt consolidation.
  • Business/General Aviation: Clayton Jones, chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, provided potent advocacy in 2009 when testifying on Capitol Hill in support of business jets.
  • Defense: The U.S. Air Force’s Project Liberty Team (Kim High, deputy director, USAF Big Safari Program; Lt. Gen. David Deptula, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Air Force; Robert Spivey, vice president of special programs, L-3 Communications; and Matthew Hallman, director of field operations, L-3 Communications) is fielding 37 modified King Air 350s with specialized surveillance and intelligence payloads to U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Information Technology/Electronics: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Joint High-Power Solid-State Laser Phase 3 team members Jay Marmo, program manager, and Stuart McNaught, laser integration lead, as well as Mark Neice, director of the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Brian Strickland, chief scientist at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, successfully demonstrated that a solid-state electric laser can exceed lethal power levels of 100 kilowatts, paving the way for these lasers to move out of the laboratory and into field testing for aircraft and armored vehicles.
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO):  Timothy Gray, director of the 526th Electronic Maintenance Squadron, “Generators,” led the group’s quality, cost and delivery improvements by implementing process and culture changes.
  • Space: International Space Station Program Managers Pierre Jean, Canadian Space Agency; Bernardo Patti, European Space Agency; Yoshiyuki Hasegawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Alexey Krasnov, Roscosmos; and Michael Suffredini, NASA, completed the 25-year project in 2009 with the addition of the last major modules and the expansion of the crew to six. The ISS is arguably the signature engineering achievement of the last 60 years. By working together, partner agencies demonstrated that the station is as much an achievement in foreign relations as it is in aerospace engineering.
  • Workforce: Ronald Sugar, Chairman Emeritus of Northrop Grumman, addressed critical workforce issues by creating cooperative work spaces, incorporating new technologies, retaining company knowledge and expertise, preserving professional development opportunities, and effectively managing employee transitions.

In addition, AVIATION WEEK awarded the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement to Richard W. Taylor; the AVIATION WEEK Heroism Award went to the crew of U.S. Airways 1549; and four U.S. military cadets were recognized as Tomorrow’s Leaders.

  • Klass Award: Richard W. Taylor, former aircraft designer, test pilot, and technology leader, made extraordinary aviation contributions in the 45 years he worked for the Boeing Company. He developed the B-47 LABS or “Toss Bombing” techniques for delivering nuclear weapons; he led the design of two-crew flight decks and two-engine jet transport aircraft as B-52 engineering director; and he evaluated engine safety for the 767 Extended Twin Operations (ETOPS) in the 1980s. Taylor has published multiple papers shaping FAA Advisory Circulars, and at 87, he continues to fly his Aerostar and participates in volunteer and professional activities.
  • Heroism Award: U.S. Airways 1549 flight crew demonstrated professionalism and courage during the January 15, 2009 emergency landing in New York City’s Hudson River, resulting in the safety of 155 people onboard.  Multiple bird strikes during takeoff destroyed both engines at low altitude, making it impossible to return to LaGuardia or a neighboring airport. Miraculously and skillfully, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles were able to land safely in the Hudson River, where the crew, Sheila Dail, Donna Dent, and Doreen Welsh, evacuated the 150 passengers.
  • Tomorrow’s Leader Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, were presented to these cadets:
    • U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Nicholas Carter
    • U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Matthew Delahunty
    • U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint Cadet Alex Reiter
    • U.S Naval Academy Cadet Taylor Richmond

About the Laureate Awards

AVIATION WEEK’S Laureate Awards were conceived more than 50 years ago to recognize the extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams in aerospace, aviation and defense. Their achievements may embody the spirit of exploration, innovation, vision or any combination of these attributes that inspire others to strive for significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation and aerospace.

Today, this formal dinner and awards ceremony is the industry’s premier event – attracting scores of industry pioneers and thought leaders from around the world.