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Bevilaqua, DiGioia, Samardzich Lead Design News honorees

Bevilaqua, DiGioia, Samardzich Lead Design News honorees

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 News' Engineering Achievement Awards.

Paul Bevilaqua of Lockheed Martin , who developed a critical process behind the Joint Strike Fighter, was named by Design News' 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 choice.

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 Harley Davidson .

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 Kodak .

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.

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