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SAE International invites aerospace engineering professionals to participate in the initial meeting of the Additive Manufacturing Committee, which will be held July 21-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recognizing that additive manufacturing is an emerging technology within the aerospace industry, the SAE Additive Manufacturing Committee (AMS-AM) will develop and maintain Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) and Aerospace Standards (AS) for additive manufacturing, including precursor material, additive processes, additive materials, post-process heat treatment, dimensional inspection, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing and quality assurance.

Finished parts produced by additive manufacturing processes are subject to unique regulatory requirements.  Stakeholders in the aerospace industry require tailored material and process specifications to support critical aerospace applications.  

David Abbott, Principal Engineer, MPED Additive Technologies, with GE Aviation will serve as committee chair.  According to Abbott, “This committee will be an important and essential part of the process of generating aerospace industry consensus specifications to aid in the certification process as well as develop a supply chain for the industry. Standards will play a crucial role and SAE is well-positioned to lead this effort.  GE Aviation recognizes the tremendous potential of additive manufacturing and is investing heavily in this technology.”

Participation is open to individuals from aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, operators, regulatory authorities, and research organizations.  Those interested in participating in the AMS-AM Committee should contact Laura Feix, Aerospace Standards Engineer, SAE International, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +1-724-799-9198 for additional information.

Attendees are requested to register in advance for the meeting.  Pre-registration fee is $185.00; registration after cut-off date of July 10, 2015 is $220.00.

Dr. David L. Schutt , CEO, SAE International, announces that, through a stock purchase, it has acquired ABP International, dba Tech Briefs Media Group, which is now a subsidiary of SAE International.

With primary offices in New York and New Jersey, Tech Briefs Media Group employs 35 people and publishes a variety of design engineering magazines and supplements in both print and digital formats, including their well-known flagship publication, NASA Tech Briefs. Their various publications, supplements and websites focus on R&D, design and manufacturing topics spanning many technologies, including: motion control, lighting, medical, defense, RF & microwave, embedded computing, photonics and imaging, among others. The magazines have over 400,000 readers monthly and, with digital products, total audience reach is about 600,000 worldwide. Tech Briefs Media Group generates approximately $9.5 million in revenue each year.

“We are pleased to welcome Tech Briefs Media Group and all its employees into SAE International’s global business family,” said Thomas J. Drozda, Director of Program and Product Development, SAE International. “This exciting business partnership is a major step forward in achieving SAE’s long-term mission and strategic vision in service to the global design community.  The addition of Tech Briefs Media Group strengthens SAE’s service in the global aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle sectors and expands SAE’s reach into certain new but related engineering design spaces.”

Tech Briefs Media Group’s President & Publisher, Joseph Pramberger, sees an opportunity for accelerated growth and product development. “By working together (with SAE International), we can expand faster.  Together, we can combine the best of both organizations to achieve accelerated growth through many new products and services for the R&D and design functions worldwide – like new publications, conferences, training courses and a lot more.”

SAE International is a global association of more than 134,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs for students, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

The sale became effective April 1, and was facilitated with the assistance of Whitestone Communications, Inc., based in New York City.

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SAE International honored two aerospace professionals with the Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award during the 2011 SAE International AeroTech Congress and Exhibition.

Ramesh K. Agarwal, William Palm Professor of Engineering and Director of the Aerospace Research and Education Center at Washington University, St. Louis; and Bruce Banks, Senior Physicist, Alphaport, Inc. at NASA Glenn Research Center were presented their awards during the AeroTech Awards Banquet.

The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. The award was established by the SAE International Board of Directors to honor the memory of Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson and the enormous impact he had on the aerospace industry. His accomplishments include the creation of Lockheed's famed Skunk Works; also, he played a leading role in the design and development of more than 40 of the world's most advanced aircraft.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. Agarwal was the Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas. From 1978 to 1994, he worked in various scientific and managerial positions at McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis. He became the Program Director and McDonnell Douglas Fellow in 1990. From 1976 to 1978, he worked as a NRC Research Associate at NASA Ames Research Center and from 1975 to 1976 as a Principal Research Engineer at Rao & Associates in Palo Alto, CA. Over a period of 35 years, Dr. Agarwal has worked in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and Electromagnetics, Computational Aeroacoustics, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization, Rarefied Gas Dynamics and Hypersonic Flows, Bio-Fluid Dynamics, and Flow and Flight Control. He is the author and coauthor of more than 300 publications and serves on the editorial board of sixteen journals. He is a Fellow of 15 societies, including the American Association for Advancement of Science, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Physical Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Royal Aeronautical Society, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, SAE International, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Academy of Mechanics, American Society of Engineering Education, Academy of Science of St. Louis, Institute of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Physics, Energy Institute and World Innovation Foundation. He is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards.

Banks holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics. He has conducted and lead research on electric rocket engines, thin-film coatings, surface texturing processes and low Earth orbital atomic oxygen durability of spacecraft through his employment for 41 years at NASA and three years at Alphaport, Inc. He has authored or co-authored 228 technical publications, holds 38 patents, and has received 68 awards and/or honors for meritorious performance. Banks is the most patented scientist in the history of NASA Glenn Research Center; his efforts have resulted in 60 space flight experiments or functional applications of technology developed by him and his research teams. He developed and patented a means for fabricating large-area (30 cm diameter) closely-spaced dished ion optics, which allowed high thrust ion propulsion needed for durable and efficient deep space propulsion. Banks also developed textured surface technology to prevent sputter deposited materials from peeling away and then shorting out the ion thruster optics. This technology has now been successfully used for ion propulsion station keeping on at least 18 commercial communication spacecraft and for prime propulsion ion thrusters for the successful Deep Space 1 mission to asteroid 9969 Braille and comet Borrelly, as well as the Dawn mission to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.   

SAE International is a global association of more than 134,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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