IGES application protocol:
In the year 1977, the three authors of The Initial Graphics Exchange Specification were identified collectively for their contributions to the growth of IGES Version 1.0 by attaining the AIMTECH Joseph Marie Jacquard Memorial Award. The primary author, Roger Nagel, was a NBS staff member at the time and now is the Harvey Wagner Professor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Lehigh University. He made Lehigh's Robotics Research Institute, established & directed the Manufacturing system Engineering Program, and served like Executive Director of Lehigh's Iacocca Institute for Competitiveness Research. Whereas an employee of NIST, Nagel was a key member of the scientific team growing the Factory Hierarchical Control System in the Robotics Group. This work upon hierarchical control systems, performed having James Albus, Tony Barbera, & Gordon Vanderbrug, has been the basis of hundreds of computer-depend control systems for automation over last 20 years. Nagel carry on to serve as a technical advisor and consultant to NIST's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.
The other two authors were from industry. Currently Walt Braithwaite is Corporate Vice President for Company Offices Administration in the Boeing Company. He has held many positions within Boeing, as well as Director of Program Management for the 737 and 757 airplane programs and Chief of Engineering Operations for the 747 & 767 programs. As the lead engineer responsible for technical direction in making an information network to integrate computer- aided design & computer-aided manufacturing, he led development of Boeing's common data format and translators, which were utilized as a basis for developing the IGES protocol.