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National Academy of Engineering Honors Two at Annual Meeting
October 21, 2009

During its 2009 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) presented two awards for extraordinary impacts on the engineering profession. The Academy’s Founders Award was given to JOHN CASANI, who has made important contributions to deep space exploration, and SHEILA WIDNALL received the Arthur M. Bueche Award for leadership in expanding the opportunities for women and minorities in engineering. The awards were presented at a ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 4th, 2009.

Mr. Casani is an NAE member and special assistant to the director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He received the Founders Award for “distinguished innovation and leadership in robotic spacecraft engineering and project management that has enabled the first four decades of planetary and deep space exploration.” The award recognizes outstanding professional, educational, and personal achievement to the benefit of society, and it includes $2,500 and a gold medallion.

Ms. Widnall, a member of NAE and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was presented the Arthur M. Bueche Award for “a remarkable academic career in fluid dynamics combined with the highest levels of public service, and for championing the role of women in engineering.” She received $2,500 and a gold medallion in recognition of her active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy, especially in relation to women and minorities, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between government and universities.

For more information, visit the NAE web site awards page.

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