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INVENTOR OF JET ENGINE, ADVANCED SUB PROPULSION HONORED HERE

 PITTSBURGH, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A prolific 85-year-old inventor whose internationally renowned research in combustion technology and magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) has spanned more than half a century and influenced applications ranging from underseas to outer space is being honored at ceremonies today in a Pittsburgh suburb and at an engineering society gathering next week in Ohio.
 Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE: WX) president and acting chief executive officer, Gary M. Clark, will present Dr. Stewart Way with the George Westinghouse Lifetime Innovation Award this morning at the company's Science & Technology Center in Churchill, Pa. Way is only the second person to receive this award from the company.
 Noted among colleagues for his unusual ability to combine skills in engineering science and applied mathematics, Way holds the original U.S. patent, issued in 1946, on the axial-flow jet aircraft engine, the modern type of engine in use today throughout the world. Twenty years later he invented a silent water-propulsion concept for submarines similar to the one on which the best-selling novel "The Hunt for Red October" was later based.
 Way's jet engine patent resulted from classified work carried out during World War II. Its slim, axial-flow design proved a significant improvement over the original jet engine patented by Britain's Captain Frank Whittle in 1937, making possible higher speeds and altitudes and more efficient flight. Way, and Westinghouse co-worker Dr. Rainout P. Kroon, a native of Holland now deceased, received prestigious Longstreth medals from the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia in 1963 for their work on the axial-flow engine.
 Way will give the principal paper in a special "theme" session on the early development of an aircraft turbomachinery in America at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Gas Turbine Conference in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Past featured speakers honored at this session have included such well-known figures in the field as German scientist Hans von Ohain, who independently invented an axial-flow jet engine in secret in Germany during the war, Gerhard Neumann and Sir William Hawthorne. Since 1975, Way has held an ASME Honorary Membership, the oldest and highest honor given by the society.
 Way also played a key early role in the development of the Westinghouse land-based gas turbine, one of the technologies on which the company has built its successful power generation business.
 From jet engines and turbines Way's interests moved to outer space in the 1950s. He performed some of the earliest space mission propulsion studies, anticipating the rush into outer space research activity brought on by the USSR's success with Sputnik.
 In 1965 he presented an historic paper -- his favorite among the dozens he's written -- with the title "Propulsion of Submarines by Lorentz Forces in the Surrounding Sea." He built a small submarine to demonstrate this MHD concept and operated it in San Francisco Bay. This original work provided the technology basis for water propulsion underlying present-day efforts to build surface and subsurface vessels propelled by MHD forces using superconducting magnets.
 In recent decades Way's work has focused on MHD power generation. Retiring in 1973 after 40 years with Westinghouse, he continued to serve as an MHD consultant to the company and, more recently, to a government facility in Butte, Mont., his present home.
 "Dr. Way is among those select few engineers and scientists whose work has changed the world -- and helped our country achieve global technological leadership," Clark said. "Through his association with Westinghouse he has enriched our corporation's tradition of engineering excellence."
 The Westinghouse award citation reads "For continuing innovation and excellence in research and engineering, including studies of magnetohydrodynamics, submarine propulsion and high intensity combustion systems for gas turbines and jet engines."
 A native of Sewickley, Pa., Way graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mathematics and holds a doctorate in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan. He also did graduate work at Goettingen University in Germany in 1930. He joined the Westinghouse Research Laboratories in 1933.
 The Lifetime Innovation Award's only previous winner, Dr. Edwin L. Harder, received it in 1990 after a 44-year company career marked by 66 patents and pioneering efforts to exploit computers in the design and control of industrial electrical equipment.
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 /EDITORS: Details on the Stewart Way event follow.
 Place: The plaza at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center, 12 miles from downtown, just off the Parkway East. (Take exit 13, right at stop sign, l/4 mile to traffic light, straight ahead into the center.)
 Time: 11:30 a.m., May 21. A very brief presentation/acceptance program will involve site host, Westinghouse science and technology vice president Dr. I.R. Barpal, Clark and Way. Way will be available for questions or photographs immediately after the program and during a noon luncheon and 1 p.m. reception.
 Display: A large room will be fitted with an exhibit on Way's achievements, providing an impressive background for photography and video.
 Note: The Science & Technology Center is a secure site. Advance notice of your plans to attend will facilitate entry./
 /CONTACT: Robert J. Benke of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 412-642-3321/
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