WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The National Academy of Engineering issued the following news release:
During its 2013 annual meeting (https://www.nae.edu/Projects/Events/AnnualMeetings/2013AnnualMeeting.aspx), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will present two awards for extraordinary impact on the engineering profession. The Academy's Simon Ramo Founders Award will be bestowed posthumously to Albert D. Wheelon, who made significant contributions to national security and the U.S. economy, and the Arthur M. Bueche Award will be given to John E. Kelly III for his guiding influence on U.S. excellence in semiconductor technology. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Albert D. Wheelon's work in communication and defense technology spanned more than 50 years. Wheelon, who served as the first deputy director of science and technology at the CIA and chairman and CEO of Hughes Aircraft Co., is being recognized "for outstanding contributions to aircraft, spacecraft, and communication satellite technology that enhanced national security and strengthened the U.S. economy." The award (http://www.nae.edu/Projects/Awards/FoundersAwards.aspx) acknowledges outstanding professional, educational, and personal achievements to the benefit of society and includes a commemorative medal. Wheelon recently passed away; his sister Marcia Wheelon will accept the award on his behalf.
Wheelon began his research at the Ramo-Wooldridge Co. in 1952 where he investigated the transmission of electromagnetic waves through the atmosphere, leading to the development of communication systems necessary for the operation of ballistic missles. While at the CIA, he oversaw the development of the reconaissance aircraft SR-71 "Black Bird" and the creation of the "Corona" and "Gambit" satellites, which have been critical in providing photographic surveillance. After retiring from the CIA, Wheelon became the president of Hughes Aircraft Co., where he oversaw the development of two cost-efficient spacecraft used in the 1978 Pioneer Venus space mission. Wheelon was elected to the NAE in 1970.
John E. Kelly III, also a member of NAE and senior vice president and director of IBM Research, will be presented the Arthur M. Bueche Award "for his leadership in driving U.S. semiconductor technology excellence through the creation of world-class government, university, and corporate R&D partnerships." The award (http://www.nae.edu/Projects/Awards/BuecheAward.aspx) recognizes an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy. The award includes a commemorative medal.
As head of IBM Research, Kelly leads 3,000 scientists and technical employees across 12 laboratories in 10 countries. In addition to setting the company's research agenda and guiding IBM's overall technical strategy, he is responsible for IBM's worldwide intellectual property strategy. Prior to becoming director of IBM Research, he held significant technical and business leadership roles including director of IBM'sSemiconductor Researchand Development Center and senior vice president and group executive for IBM'sTechnology Group.
Kelly's leadership in the advancement of U.S. semiconductor technology is exemplified through his commitment to programs such as the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), a unique public, private, academic R&D center in Albany, N.Y.; the Nanotechnology Research Initiative (NRI), a joint U.S. government, semiconductor industry, and academic partnership; and his ongoing support of the National Defense University Foundation and the National Engineer Week Foundation.
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