Advanced composite material advocate Charles Browning won SAMPE's 16th George Lubin memorial award for contributions over many years with the U.S. Air Force research laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, and multiple SAMPE programs.
From 1983 to 2005, Browning was influential in shaping the government's investment strategy relating to the use of composite materials on the F-16, B-1, B-2, F-22 and F-35 aircraft programs.
Currently, Browning is with the University of Dayton holding the Torley chair in composite materials and serving as chair of the chemical and materials engineering department.
Howard Kliger of Somerset, N.J., received SAMPE's distinguished service award for more than 35 years of dedication to the society's missions. He is active with the SAMPE finance committee and a director of the SAMPE Foundation board.
For many years, he directed the popular SAMPE micro bridge-building programs giving students a way to demonstrate their skills.
Currently, Kliger is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
SAMPE added six Fellows:
• Brian Flinn, research associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.
• Faramarz Gordaninejad, professor and researcher at the University of Nevada in Reno.
• The late Gaku Kimura, who was chairman of GH Craft Ltd. in Itazuma Gotenba-shi, Japan.
• Karl Nelson, a technical fellow with Boeing Co. in Seattle.
• Nobuo Takeda, professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan.
• Anthony Vizzini, provost and senior vice president of Wichita State University in Kansas.
Over 35 years, the society has recognized 156 members as SAMPE Fellows.