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Fred received numerous awards during his long career. Early on, he earned the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Graduate Student Award (1964), Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the Maryland Academy of Science (1966), and Silver Medal for the Outstanding Paper at the 12th International Symposium on Combustion (1970). In the 1970s, Fred accepted a new assignment in the Submarine Security Program at APL/JHU, a critical national security program to which he made significant contributions. He later returned to the Aeronautics Department at APL, where he rose to the position of chief scientist in 1987.

Fred was always interested in students and education, and he taught graduate courses at the University of Maryland, serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 1964 to 1989, and at Virginia Tech. In fact, he served on Ph.D. committees at Virginia Tech up until the time of his death. He was also widely known in his neighborhood as someone who was willing to help the school-age children of neighbors and friends with their homework. In addition, he mentored a number of young researchers at APL/JHU who subsequently rose to positions of prominence.

Fred was very active in professional societies, primarily the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the International Society on Air Breathing Engines (ISABE), of which he was a founding member. He became a fellow of AIAA in 1978 and presented the Honorary AIAA Dryden Research Lecture in 1991. He also served on many government committees and panels sponsored by the U.S. Navy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), including the USAF Scientific Advisory Board. Fred was a key contributor to the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) Program, for which he was honored with the Pioneer Award in 1991. For his lifetime of work in the scramjet field, he earned the USAF Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Bondaruck Award from the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and the USSR Aviation Sport Federation Award, all in 1992. He received the Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame Award

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