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Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center and The Dayton Engineers Club Establish the Charles F. Kettering 'Bug' Award

June 8, 2018

eclubThe Engineers Club of Dayton, in collaboration with the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charles F. Kettering “Bug” Award to coincide with the 100th anniversary of its first flight.

The award is named in honor of Mr. Kettering, who, in partnership with Orville Wright, was the driving force behind the design and successful flight testing of the U.S. Army Signal Corps’ first Aerial Torpedo, known today as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

This seminal achievement represents the dawn of aerial autonomy, which has become so ubiquitous today. He was also one of the founding executives of the Engineers Club of Dayton later served as its president, and participated in the design and construction of the Club’s landmark facility in downtown Dayton. It should be noted that both of these extraordinary events, the Bug’s first flight and Club building opening, occurred in 1918.

Upon annual evaluation by a committee of experts, the Kettering “Bug” Award will be presented to the nominated individual or organization selected for making the greatest improvement or advancement in UAS technology or systems and meeting all other award eligibility criteria.

The call for nominations opened  on June 1, 2018 with submissions due to the Engineers Club of Dayton by July 15, 2018. The nominations will be evaluated by volunteering experts by August 15, 2018 and the formal announcement made by September 1, 2018. The inaugural presentation will be made on October 2, 2018 coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the “Bug’s” first flight.

The point of contact for the Engineers Club of Dayton is Mr. Ted Fecke or USPS Engineers Club of Dayton, Attn: Mr. Ted Fecke 110 East Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45402.

The Engineers Club mission is to foster the advancement of business, education, engineering and science, and to promote the professional development of its members.The Engineers Club offers individual memberships, including special memberships for students and non-residents, as well as corporate and group memberships.

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