Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award

Nomination Deadline: December 31
Nomination Form
Nomination Form (MS Word document)

This award recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation and/or to the work of the aerospace technical committees in developing aerospace standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research.

SAE established the Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award to acknowledge and commemorate the distinctive contributions of the late Franklin W. Kolk to the advancement of civil air transportation and to the associated work of the Society. Mr. Kolk was renowned for the many significant contributions he made in the design of commercial transport aircraft. He was an active participant in many government/industry committees and was the founding chairman of the SAE A-21 Committee on Aircraft Noise Measurement.

The Aerospace Council administers this award to stimulate its technical committee members to greater accomplishment and realization of the satisfaction that comes from sharing their technical expertise in the design, development, operation and safety of airplanes, powerplants and related equipment.

Mr. Herbert H. Slaughter, Jr., is the recipient of the 1982 Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. Mr. Slaughter had been erroneously omitted from the recipient list. SAE International apologizes to Mr. Slaughter and his family for this error.

The Award
This award, established in 1978, is administered by the Kolk Award Board under the auspices of the Aerospace Council. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. It is presented at an SAE aerospace meeting.

The criteria for the selection shall include the following:

  • The significance of the individual's contribution in terms of the originality of the work.
  • The impact and influence of the contribution on the progress and development of air transportation.
  • The value of the contribution to the aerospace industry, the government and the general public.
  • Recognition by the individual's peers in SAE for both leadership and participation in bringing to realization the important objectives of the Aerospace Council.


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