Paul Bevilaqua, the engineer behind the enabling technology of the military's
vaunted Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, will be honored Tuesday as the Design
News' Engineer of the Year.
Bevilaqua, chief engineer of Advanced Development Projects at Lockheed
Martin, was selected by the magazine's readers from a roster of five other
nominees in balloting last fall. Design News readers honored him for
his invention of† the Lift Fan Propulsion System that has made possible the
stealthy, supersonic, vertical-lift Joint Strike Fighter, a new-generation
fighter to be used by the U. S. Air Force, Marines, and Britain's Royal Navy.
Bevilaqua's propulsion system was the only one of several proposed that achieves
both supersonic flight and vertical lift.
The Timken/Torrington Corp. is funding the award with a grant to an
engineering school to be chosen by Bevilaqua.
Supersonic, short takeoff/vertical lift aircraft has been
a Holy Grail for aerospace engineers since at least the 1950s. Bevilaqua and his
team came up with a design that accompliosh the technical objectives without
increasing weight and drag. To read about his accomplishments, click here
Bevilaqua's award is the top award in a long list of honors Design
News is bestowing on engineers today.
In the medical field, Anthony DiGioia, engineer and surgeon, receives a Special
Achievement Award for his invention of the Hip-Navigation System, a
computer-based surgical planning and guidance tool that helps surgeons correctly
size and place implants. Use of the system has dramatically cut the number of
implants that fail after one year. The award, funded by the Phillips Plastics
Company, includes a grant to an engineering school of DiGioia's choice. Check
out the technology behind his award here
Paul Bevilaqua is Design News'
Engineer of† the Year
Few products command the brand loyalty of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In no
small measure, that's because of the high emphasis Harley places on engineering
quality. For their quality efforts, the Harley engineering team receives the
Design News Quality Award. It's
funded by ITT Industries, Cannon, who will donate to an engineering school
chosen by Harley engineers. Read about their efforts here
Ford's Barbara Samardzich, executive director for small
front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles receives the Women in Engineering Award.
She transformed the engineering behind Ford's transmissions, and heads the 2005
Mustang project. Software developer Autodesk will fund a grant to the
engineering school she chooses. Check out the complete story here
Design News also awarded to
Kodak Corp. for global
innovation, which will receive a grant from Omron Electronics, Inc.; and a
graduate-student team at the Massachusetts Institute of
was named winner of the College
Design Engineering funded by ANSYS. Additionally, eight other engineers are
receiving Excellence in Design Awards.
The awards will be the highlight today at a special luncheon at the Ritz
Design News, the nation's leading design engineering magazine,
started the awards in 1983. Through the program, Design News has
overseen more than $1 million in donations to engineering colleges and