The Joint Strike Fighter, a tool for planning hip
replacements, and a method for ensuring the high quality of automotive
transmissions were projects that spawned the latest winners of the Design
Paul Bevilaqua of Lockheed
Martin , who developed a
critical process behind the Joint Strike Fighter, was named by Design
readers as Engineer of† the
Year. He developed technology that enables vertical takeoff and supersonic flight.
The Timken Company funds an award to the engineering school of Bevilaqua's
Engineer and surgeon Tony
DiGioia , who developed Hip Nav, a computer-based
planning tool for hip implant surgery, won the Special Achievement Award. Thanks
to Hip Nav, dislocations of implants one year after surgery are down by half.
Phillips Plastics funds a grant to the engineering school DiGioia chooses.
And Ford's Barb Samardzich won the Women In Engineering Award for her work upgrading the
quality of Ford's transmissions and for her leadership of the 2005 Mustang
program. Autodesk is funding an award to the school she names.
ITT Industries, Cannon will donate $20,000 to the
engineering school selected by the winner of the magazine's Engineering Quality
Award, Brian Ruffert of
Omron Electronics will provide a cash award to the
winner of the Global Innovation Award, and fund a grant to the school of the
winner's choice. The winner was Brett Blaisdell of
ANSYS will do the same--a cash award to the winner and a
grant to the school-to honor the recipient of the College Design Engineering
Award. The winner was Beto
Peliks and a team of students from MIT
At 11a.m. today, Design News will introduce all the winners at a special "Meet
and Greet" event at their booth on the show floor.