Don Bateman, chief engineer and corporate fellow at Honeywell, is one of five inventors to receive this year’s National Medal of Technology from U.S. President Barack Obama. The recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. Bateman is being honored as a laureate for developing and championing critical flight-safety sensors now used by aircraft worldwide, including ground proximity warning systems and wind-shear detection systems. Read more about the award.
Bateman is widely recognized in the industry as a pioneer of flight safety systems and products. Many of the technologies he first envisioned and designed proceeded through production and certification, such as the angle of attack systems, stall warning systems, ground proximity warning systems (GPWS), automatic throttle, reactive wind shear warning systems, and radar. He is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 U.S. patents and 90 foreign patents, and is a recipient of numerous industry awards including induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Laura Tabor Barbour Air Safety Award, Admiral Luis de Florez Safety Award, and the Flight International Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year. His dedication to aviation safety is strengthened by his personal love of flying — he has logged more than 2,200 flight hours as a private pilot.