window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Sunday , August 19 2018
GREAT AMERICAN READ 728X90
728×90 pluck b
MARIACHI 728X90
UtepSeasonTickets728
JustLikeThat728
Home | News | Regional News | NMSU Retiree Receives Lifetime Aeronautical Achievement Award
New Mexico State University retiree Erich Klein received the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He worked for NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory for 28 years before retiring in 2015. Pictured is a launch that took place in 2015 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility located in Kauai, Hawaii. Klein's work on this launch played a big role in his nomination for the award, he said. (Photo courtesy of Erich Klein) DEC17

NMSU Retiree Receives Lifetime Aeronautical Achievement Award

Erich Klein, former aerospace engineer and balloon engineer specialist for New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory, received the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He received this award for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems and related technologies.

Photo courtesy of Erich Klein

Klein designed and analyzed mechanical hardware for many balloon flight systems throughout his career, and some of his flight systems are still being used today.

“Many of the challenges he faced in his career have been difficult projects, complex projects, safety related projects, or all three. He took on the hard jobs, the messy jobs, and the very difficult jobs,” said Henry Cathey, deputy director for NMSU’s PSL.

“This award is a well-deserved recognition of his career.”

Klein said, “It is such a great feeling to receive this award after a long career. I was nominated by other great engineers and very intelligent people, so for them to select me was a great honor.”

Klein worked for the PSL for 28 years before retiring in 2015. He was the first person hired to work on the PSL balloon contract in 1987.

He also worked as a campaign manager for many balloon flight campaigns all over the world.

Author: Ximena Tapia – NMSU

About Staff Report

Staff Reports are just that, Staff Reporting the news. No skew, no opinion just the news. We pride ourselves on making sure that we bring you the news as soon as it is published, submitted or sent to us. No need to have a reporter rewrite or give their opinion. The facts nothing more.

Check Also

U.S. House Eyes $5 Billion for Border Wall, Setting up Showdown with Senate

House Republicans are aiming to meet President Trump’s latest request for his border wall — …

GREAT AMERICAN READ 728X90
MARIACHI 728X90
728×90 pluck b
JustLikeThat728
UtepSeasonTickets728