Two engineers with more than 70 years of combined experience recently received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Honeywell Aerospace. Engineering Fellow Jim Hanks and Chief Engineer Dave Faymon were recognized for their contributions during the company’s annual Aerospace Technology Awards banquet.
“This award is given to a select few of our best engineers and scientists,” said Bob Smith, Honeywell Aerospace vice president and Chief Technology Officer. “It is an award reserved for those with a long history of technical accomplishments that truly set them apart, even in a company with a century-long tradition of engineering greatness.”
Hanks was honored for his work with reaction wheel assemblies and control moment gyroscopes, sophisticated mechanical devices that keep satellites and other spacecraft properly oriented. Over a 38-year career, he has worked on devices used on most Western satellites, the International Space Station, Hubble Telescope and many other commercial and government spacecraft.
Hanks is known throughout the space systems industry as an expert on bearing design. He is well known for developing models that improve the performance and durability of Honeywell space products. Many Honeywell in-orbit products perform twice as long as original customer specifications and no mission has ever failed because of problems with a Honeywell mechanical assembly.
“I’m one of the lucky people who really likes what I do at work,” Hanks said. “The space environment is interesting and exciting and I love modelling things and solving problems. I still enjoy coming to work each day.”
Faymon is Honeywell’s resident expert on control systems for propulsion engines and auxiliary power units. Since joining a predecessor company 33 years ago, he has had a hand in developing control systems for many of Honeywell’s most important turbine engine programs.
He has been a principal architect of Honeywell’s Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) technology for many leading engines, including the evolutionary dual-channel FADEC that flies on the Honeywell HTF7000 engine. Faymon also was instrumental in developing controls for the AGT1500, LF512/LP512/Common Core Engine, JTAGG I, JTAGG II, JIST, LTS-101 and T55 engines.
Faymon has been a leader in integrating Six Sigma tools and principles into the way work gets done in the Engineering and Technology organization.
“I’ve been able to work on a lot of challenging projects over the years and have enjoyed them all,” Faymon said. “I especially enjoy working as part of team to push the boundaries of engine control technology and squeeze ever-higher levels of power and efficiency from our engines.”