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Jud Hall Composites Manufacturing Award Recipients

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The J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. It recognizes excellence in the development or improvement of processes, tooling and applications, as well as achievements in composites research, education and technology transfer. The award celebrates innovation in solving issues related to production and applications development, and acknowledges significant contributions that reduce costs and waste streams, and improves quality and efficiency. Below are the recipients of the J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award:

2014
Mamidala Ramulu Mamidala Ramulu, PhD, FSME, is the Boeing-Pennell professor of engineering at the University of Washington. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Osmania University, India; a master's degree in production engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and a doctorate from the University of Washington. He has been a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering since 1982, and adjunct professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Over the past 29 years, Ramulu has been a devoted mentor, educator and researcher. He took the leadership role to establish and direct two graduate educational programs and developed a certificate program in Composite Materials and Manufacturing that serves working aerospace engineers in collaboration with industry. Ramulu’s research interests reflect the multidisciplinary nature of materials, mechanics and manufacturing engineering, and primarily focuses on aircraft materials and structures. He has very successful research programs in fracture mechanics, fatigue and manufacturing engineering. Ramulu is one of the founding members of "Machining Science and Technology Journal," and serving as a member of the editorial boards of five other scientific journals. He is a fellow of SME, ASM, ASME and SEM. More
2013
Doug McCarville Doug McCarville, PhD, PE, is a Boeing technical fellow within Boeing’s Research & Technology organization. During his more than 25 years of aircraft industry composites experience, he has specialized in composite tooling, equipment and processing development. McCarville holds 23 composite-related patents. He has worked on a variety of commercial and military products, developing the methods for producing such innovative products as 787 fuselage barrels, sine-wave composite structure, cryogenic tanks, inlet ducts, conformable antennas and so on. He has taught courses as an adjunct professor for the University of Washington and Oregon Tech continuously since 2004, as well as for several FAA CoE AMTAS seminars. McCarville is one of Boeing’s most prolific inventors. He is a dedicated teacher for composites manufacturing, and has been a mentor for many people inside and outside Boeing. McCarville has been involved in many industry-level technical committees, and has supported such activities and groups as the Great Lakes Composites Consortium and the DoD’s Composites Affordability Initiative. More 
2012
DeVault Jon B. DeVault, president of DeVault and Associates, has extensive knowledge of the carbon-fiber industry. Previously, he was an executive at Aldila Materials Technology Corporation and at Fiberite Inc. Before joining Fiberite, DeVault spent three years at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he was responsible for planning and implementing a strategy to reduce the cost of polymer matrix composite structures. Earlier in his career, DeVault was president of the Composite Products Group, Hercules Aerospace Company — the largest supplier of graphite materials to DoD and a major manufacturer of composite structures. He has been a member of the Suppliers of Advanced Composite Materials Association, the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering and the American Defense Preparedness Association. DeVault received the SACMA Material Leadership Award in 1996. More
2011
Russell John D. Russell, ScD, is the program manager of the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Manufacturing Science and Technology Program. In this role, he is responsible for executing an annual portfolio of nearly $20M to mature cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs and to stimulate early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices concurrent with S&T development. Russell has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in materials engineering from the University of Dayton, and a doctor of science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University. He began his career in 1989 researching the processing of advanced composite materials at the Air Force Research Laboratory. From 2000-07, Russell was the U.S. government's program manager for the Composites Affordability Initiative, where he led a consortium of aircraft manufacturers to reduce the cost of composite airframes through the use of large integrated and bonded structures. From 2006-09, Russell was the Air Force's manufacturing lead on the AFRL X-55A Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft program, which built and flew a composite cargo demonstration airplane. More
2010
Dickson David C. Dickson has worked for The Boeing Company for more than 30 years, many of which have been related to tooling for composite parts and assemblies. Dickson is currently the tooling technology manager for the new 787 Dreamliner airplane program. In previous assignments, he was co-leader of the New Airplane Product Development Empennage Team, tooling manager and an integrated product team leader for Boeing's part of the F-22 Fighter program, a tool engineering manager on the B-2 Bomber program and has had several assignments as a tool engineer both in Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Military Airplanes, including responsibility for all B-2 composite fabrication tooling at one time. Dickson, and SME member since 2002, is currently an event advisor for Composites Manufacturing 2010 and the SAMPE National Tooling Working Group. He has also chaired and/or participated in a number of sessions on tooling at national SAMPE conferences. Dickson graduated from Arizona State University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology and has completed all class work toward a master's in project management. 
2009
Benson Vernon M. Benson, chief engineer, Composite Structures Development, ATK. Benson received his BS in mechanical engineering from Utah State University, with a minor in business administration. He has spent the last 29 years at Alliant Techsystems developing manufacturing technology for composite structures and building a wide variety of composite parts. Benson has experience with a number of key composites manufacturing processes, including filament winding, fiber placement, belt wrapping, automated stiffener forming, hand lay-up, cure, machining and inspection. He is one of the primary inventors and developers of the automated fiber placement process and related equipment. The automated fiber placement process has become one of, if not the most, significant breakthrough in composites automation in the last 30 years. Alliant Techsystems holds patents on fiber placement equipment and processes and other composites processes and designs. Benson is an inventor on many of these patents. He has recently been involved in the development of a new automated stiffener forming process and is one of the inventors on the patented equipment and process. This process has the capability of impacting the world of composite stiffener automation is similar manner that automate fiber placement has with large composite skins and shells. Benson is active in composite structures manufacturing development and acts in an advisory role to the development and manufacturing engineering organizations at ATK who are building composite structures and manufacturing automation equipment for many different applications. 
2002
  Robert J. Basso, PE, president, Century Design Inc. Basso received a mechanical engineering degree in Massachusetts, relocated to the San Diego area in 1952 and worked as an aerospace tool designer. In 1972, Basso formed a sister business, Carbonite Corp., to manufacture graphite fishing rods and golf shafts. 3M Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota, acquired and relocated Carbonite in 1974, and Basso subsequently confined himself to making equipment and creating turnkey factory capabilities. In 1998, he was awarded SME's Eli Whitney Productivity Award for distinguished accomplishments in improving capability within the broad concept of orderly production.
2001
Rutan Elbert L. "Burt" Rutan, president and CEO, Scaled Composites Inc. Rutan is best known as the designer of the all-composite Voyager aircraft, and for his outstanding innovation and leadership in many successful flight applications of primary composite structures. He has been at the forefront of successful development and practical applications of cost reduction concepts in composite design and manufacturing. In 1965, he received his aeronautical engineering degree from California Polytechnic University and began a career as a civilian flight test engineer for the United States Air Force. Rutan developed prototypes of seven aircraft including the Beech Starship. On December 23, 1986, Rutan's Voyager aircraft returned to its starting point at Mojave, California, completing a 25,000 mile and 216-hour nonstop and unrefueled around-the-world flight — the first in history.
2000
Gillespie John W. Gillespie Jr., director of the Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware. Gillespie has a proven track record of conducting high-quality basic and applied research in collaboration with colleagues from academia, government and industry. He has authored/coauthored more than 600 publications in composites science and technology including 11 book/book chapters, 15 patents and more than 180 refereed journal papers, 300 proceeding papers and 100 technical reports. Gillespie has received more than $70 million in funding to support his research and the center overall. He has served as a member of the prestigious and influential National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design and chair of the National Materials Advisory Board Committee on High-Performance Structural Fibers for Advanced Polymer-Matrix Composites. Gillespie has been editor of the "Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials" since 1993, and he serves on numerous editorial boards. Gillespie became an SME member in 1999.
1999
Morris Edgar E. Morris, general manager, Composite Cylinder Division, Luxfer Gas Cylinders. Morris has worked in the advanced composites industry for 40 years in technical, marketing and management positions. After graduating from Stanford, he worked in Aerojet-General's Structural Materials Division for 13 years in filament-winding of rocket motor cases and pressure vessels. Morris has led the transfer of aerospace composite technology to mass production of composite high-pressure gas cylinders in the high-volume, low-cost commercial cylinder safety, transportation, medical and industrial markets.
1998
Spencer Brian E. Spencer, PhD, president and founder, Spencer Composites Corp. Previous experience includes engineering consultant/partner, Bennett & Spencer; project engineer, Naval Weapons Station; project engineer, Explosive Technology; program manager, Brunswick Corp.; vice president/technical director and co-founder, Addax Inc.; president and founder SpyroTech Corp.; General Partner, founder Advanced Composites Seminars; CEO, Sigma Electromagnetic Shielding Technologies Inc.; and president and founder Spencer Design. Spencer received his bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1970, his master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of California in 1971, his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California in 1981 and his doctorate in engineering mechanics from the University of Nebraska in 1988. Spencer joined SME in 1997.
1997
Leslie James C. Leslie, PhD, FSME, president and CEO, Advanced Composite Products and Technology Inc. An SME member since 1985, Leslie joined the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME) in 1991. He served as the nominations chairman and as a member of the CMA/SME Board of Advisors. Leslie pioneered the development of advanced composite manufacturing technology, specifically the transfer of aerospace manufacturing technology to commercial and industrial applications. The work he directed and the technology he developed has been proven through demonstration in the fabrication of actual hardware. Leslie's technical accomplishments include work on the advanced propulsion systems for solid rocket motors. He designed the water dispersion system, which was the first successful start/stop/restart operation of a tactical size rocket motor. Leslie also directed some of the first research and design of advanced composite prepreg, prepreg resin/systems and structures/hardware fabrication. In addition, he directed the development of the first graphite parts to fly on aircraft or spacecraft: a wing tip for Northrop's F-5 fighter, a spoiler for the Boeing 737 and the truss for the ATS satellite (the first structural graphite parts to go into space). Leslie was also instrumental in the development of the first commercially successful golf shafts. He has a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree and doctorate from Ohio State University.
1996
Beckwith Scott W. Beckwith, PhD, president, BTG Composites Inc. Beckwith has also acted a managing member of Beckwith Technology Group LLC, international technical director for the Society for Advancement of Material & Process Engineering and contributing editor for the American Composite Manufacturers Association. He received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A & M University in 1964, his master's degree in aeronautics (materials) from the California Institute of Technology in 1965 and his doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering (mechanics and materials), from Texas A & M University in 1974.
1995
Schwartz Melvin M. Schwartz, staff engineer and specification specialist, chief metals and metal processes, and manager of manufacturing technology, Sikorsky Aircraft. Previously, Schwartz was a metallurgist in the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and metallurgist and producibility engineer for U.S. Chemical Corp. During his 16-year tenure with Martin-Marietta Corp., he worked with as a technical manufacturing manager for the chief R&D lab, research manufacturing engineering and as senior staff engineer. During Schwartz's eight-year stay with Rohr Corp., he acted as program director, manager and director of manufacturing for R&D, and chief metals researcher. Schwartz is an elected Fellow for the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineers and American Society for Materials International. He also was a part of several peer-review committees. Schwartz is the editor of SAMPE's "Journal of Advanced Materials" and editor-in-chief of the "Smart Materials Encyclopedia." He received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and his master's degree from Drexel University, before enrolling in the doctorate program at the University of Sarasota.
1994
Schneider2 Cecil W. Schneider, FSME, PE, manager of the Advanced Structures & Materials Division, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems. At Lockheed, Schneider directed R&D projects in structures, materials and manufacturing technology as well as producibility, materials and process support of production programs. With Lockheed since 1964, Schneider spent two years as deputy director of the Composites Development Center in Burbank, Calif., before returning to Marietta in 1990. He was board chair and director of Composites Materials Characterization Inc., a consortium of aerospace companies that screens and tests new composite materials. Schneider also served as Lockheed Martin's liaison on several industry and governmental committees in the area of advanced materials and manufacturing processes. He has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University, a master's degree in engineering mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in Georgia. Schneider, an SME member since 1985, was chair of the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME). He received the J.H. "Jud" Hall Award for his leadership and management of composite materials and structures development program for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter proposal.
1993
  L.E. "Roy" Meade, program manager of advanced structures and materials, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. Previously, Meade was manager of Advanced Composite Repair Center programs for the U.S. Air Force, manager of material development projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Navy, and chair of SME's former Composite Materials Council. He was a leader in developing composite technology and was nationally recognized for his achievements in composite technology transfer, tooling and process development. Meade was also a pioneer in applying the technology to aircraft such as the C-141 and C-5A/B. While under contract to the U.S. Air Force, he developed and documented fabrication costs in the "Structural Composites Fabrication Guide." Meade began his career at the Paul Omohundro Co., where he helped develop the SM-73 Bull Goose Missile System. He later worked with structural adhesive bonding, space structure and antenna technologies at Rohr Industries. Upon joining Lockheed Georgia, Meade contributed to several large projects, including the C-130, C-140, C-141, Jetstar, C-5A/B and Trident Missile.
1992
Cohen Leslie J. Cohen, PhD, program manager of advanced systems and advanced product development and technology, McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. Cohen directed a team in the design, development, testing and production of an advanced composites payload attach fitting for an upper-stage structure. He also directed the team on projects including the U.S. Army's ultra-high modulus, mast-mounted sigh optical bench and the external protection materials for the MX Peacekeeper Missile. Cohen has published more than 40 papers on advanced composite design and development, is a lecturer in advanced composites, has been awarded the USSR Gold Medal for Science and Technology, is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and is a SAMPE Fellow. He holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree and a doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Fulbright postdoctoral at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology specializing in structures and materials. In 2001, Cohen joined HITCO Carbon Composites Inc.
1991
Ashton Larry J. Ashton, vice president of engineering, research, and development, AeroTrans Corp. Ashton has devoted more than 50 years to the composites industry. His early career began with the legendary Hughes Aircraft and Hercules-Baccus Works in the development of missiles for strategic and tactical weaponry and aerospace applications. During his work with Hercules, Ashton was mentored by filament-winding pioneer Dick Young. This mentoring paid off in the design and fabrication of several new generations of filament winding machines utilizing Ashton's expertise. He went on to found Engineering Technology Corp., the first company to produce a line of commercial filament winding machines. Several other successful composite technology engineering and manufacturing companies followed including Fiber Science Inc., Fiber Technology Corp., Ashton Engineering, Winding Technologies, Aerotrans Corp. and Rocky Mountain Composite. Ashton holds more than 10 patents, and many of the manufacturing practices in the industry today are the result of lessons he learned through trial and error. He is most widely known for his innovative approaches in matching materials and processes to reduce manufacturing costs of composite structures. Today, he is working with Spectrum Aeronautical in the development of an all-composite, twin-engine business jet and is chairman and chief scientist for Rocky Mountain Composites.
1990
Lofland2 Richard A. Lofland, FSME, department manager of intercomponent work program, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. Lofland's career began in the helicopter industry with Hughes Helicopters in 1961. As department manager of the R&D Composites Lab and manager of Composite Manufacturing Engineering in Advanced Composites Structures, he provided fabrication leadership for development programs that included the composite tail section of the OH-58 helicopter. Other projects include composite main rotor and flexbeam tail rotor for the AH-64 helicopter and HARP-Helicopter Advanced Rotor Program. Lofland established preferred machining practices for aramid/epoxy composites and led in developing specifications for a four-axis, computer-controlled fiber placement machine. Lofland joined SME in 1986 and became an SME Fellow in 1994.
1989
Pinckney Robert L. Pinckney, manager of advanced manufacturing programs, Boeing Helicopters. Pinckney worked to develop composite main rotor blades on helicopters. He also assisted in the conceptual design and the selection of materials for the V-22 Osprey and was involved in the manufacturing automation of major sections of the V-22 fuselage. During his extensive career with Boeing, he was actively engaged in the development and application of fiber-reinforced structural materials and their static and dynamic application in Boeing products. In 1995, Boeing created the AHS Robert L. Pinckney Award to honor Pickney's memory as an eminent manufacturing engineer.
1988
Dastin Samuel J. Dastin, director of the Advanced Materials Section of the Technology Department, Grumman Aircraft Systems Division, Grumman Corp. In the 1960s, Dastin was responsible for expanding the score of fiberglass/epoxy composite materials and design technologies for radomes and empennage structures. He pioneered the development of boron filament/epoxy composites resulting in the first production application for flight hardware, the horizontal stabilizer of the F-14A Tomkat fighter. He and his Northrop Grumman team were the first to use hybrid composites, combining boron filaments and graphite fibers with epoxy to enhance performance in large composite structures. Dastin was also responsible for the development of 3-D carbon fiber/epoxy composites, utilizing the resin film infusion process to produce thick laminates and structures with varying thickness for aircraft wings and fuselage structures. Currently, he assists companies throughout the world to more effectively design and build aircraft composite structures. Dastin, an SME member since 1987, was awarded the 2006 SAMPE Delmonte Award, and in 1990 was elected a fellow of SAMPE.
1987
Peterson George P. Peterson, FSME, president, George Peterson Resources Inc. Peterson, an SME member since 1986, is an honorary life member of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, an honorary life member of the American Society for Metals and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His consulting firm specializes in the application of composites in manufacturing engineering. Peterson retired in 1985 as director of the U.S. Air Force's Materials Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. During his 34 years with the Air Force, he earned worldwide recognition as the primary expert in the development and use of advanced composite materials in military weapons. In 1974, he was cited by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine as one of the top 20 individuals in the United States who has contributed toward advances in aerospace materials technology. Peterson was also responsible for the development and utilization of advanced composite and metallic materials in aircraft, missile and space systems.
1986
Goldsworthy W. Brandt Goldsworthy, president, Goldsworthy Engineering Inc. Goldsworthy was the founding chair of the Southern California Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and Charter West Coast chair of the Reinforced Plastics Division of the Society of Plastics Industry. He was a member of the American Society for Testing Materials, Aerospace Industries Association of America, Naval Submarine League, SME's former Composites Group, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering and National Plastics Museum Advisory Committee. Notable industry awards he has received include the Charter Inductee, Western Plastics Hall of Fame; inductee of the U.S. Plastics Hall of Fame; a special "Distinguished Service Award for Continuing Innovation Excellence in Plastics Engineering"; and the NASA Certificate of Recognition for creative development of a technical innovation: composite beam cap forming system. His many contributions include the development of the first laminated plastic tool.