Abraham E. Abe Karem To Receive the AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Guggenheim Medal Written 5 February 2014



Abraham E. “Abe” Karem to Receive the AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Guggenheim Medal
Honored a Lifetime of Innovative Fixed and Rotary Wing Unmanned Vehicle Designs

February 4, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Abraham E. “Abe” Karem, president, Karem Aircraft Inc., Lake Forest, Calif., has won the Daniel Guggenheim Medal. Karem will receive the medal on Wednesday, April 30, during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Karem is being honored “for a lifetime of innovative fixed and rotary wing unmanned vehicle designs.”

The Daniel Guggenheim Medal, established in 1929 and awarded jointly by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, honors notable achievement in aeronautics.

Karem’s 50-plus year career in aerospace has consistently demonstrated his innovative mindset, technical acuity, perseverance and leadership. Among his two greatest technical accomplishments are: the development of the Predator UAV, the first reliable and successful long-endurance unmanned vehicle; and the development of the A-160 Hummingbird, the first helicopter to successfully use a variable speed rotor system which greatly improved rotor efficiency and performance in all types of operating environments. Additionally, Karem has shown great ability to develop and nurture successful engineering teams, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their respective fields of endeavor. Among Karem’s other accomplishments were his development of the Albatross UAV system, the Amber UAV system, the Gnat 750 UAV, and the Prowler UAV system. Karem’s current work is in the field of Optimum Speed Tilt-rotors (OSTR) in an effort to create a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) machine with the payload and range capabilities of commercial transports.

Karem’s previous honors include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 2011 Spirit of St. Louis medal; the 2011 Phillip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Award from Aviation Week’s Laureate Awards; the National Engineering Council’s 2009 Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson award; and the American Helicopter Society’s 2008 Alexander Klemin Award. Karem was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.

For more information on the Daniel Guggenheim Medal or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or carols@aiaa.org. For more information about the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, please contact Merrie Scott at 703.264.7530 or merries@aiaa.org.


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