Date: May 24, 1999
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National Academy of Engineering Honors
Former Heads of Bechtel Group and Carnegie Mellon University

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has selected the recipients of the 1999 NAE Founders Award and Arthur M. Bueche Award. The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual meeting on Oct. 3.

Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., chairman emeritus and director of Bechtel Group and the first NAE chairman from 1982 to 1986, will receive the Founders Award for his exceptional accomplishments in civil engineering, corporate management, and civic, educational and professional development. The Founders Award was established in 1965 to honor "outstanding engineering accomplishments by an engineer over a long period of time and of benefit to the people of the United States." The award consists of a gold medallion and a certificate.

H. Guyford Stever, former president of Carnegie Mellon University and former head of the National Science Foundation, will receive the Bueche Award for his lifetime contributions and exceptional service to engineering and research. The Bueche Award was established in 1982 in honor of Arthur Bueche (BEE-ka), who served as senior vice president of corporate technology at General Electric, Fairfield, Conn., and a member of the NAE Governing Council. The award recognizes "statesmanship in the field of technology" as well as active involvement in determining science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to industry-government-university relationships. The award consists of a gold medallion and a certificate.

The 1,976-member NAE was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government and managing the National Research Council. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers.