Dr. Paul M. Bevilaqua Honored by U.K. University

Paul M. Bevilaqua, MSAAE '68, PhD. '73, OAE '02, DEA '05 was awarded an honorary degree by Cranfield University and Defence College of Management and Technology, UK. on July 18, 2008.

The Defence Academy is the UK Defence's Higher Educational Institution, and a key component of operational capability. The Academy is comprised of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Joint Services Command and Staff College, the Defence College of Management and Technology, the Advanced Research and Assessment Group, and the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre. The Academy has three strategic partners – King’s College London, Serco Defence and Aerospace, and Cranfield University.

The Defence Academy is located on the campus in Shrivenham which is located on the Oxfordshire/ Wiltshire border close to Swindon.  Lord Vincent of Coleshill presented the honorary degree to Dr. Bevilaqua. In his acceptance speech, Dr Bevilaqua said “Each time I visit Shrivenham, I go away even more impressed by the work of this institution. The faculty here understands that whilst technology changes, science lasts….Shrivenham is a huge credit to the Ministry of Defence and to this Nation…. and I am proud of my association with this institution.”

Dr. Bevilaqua has been putting on a VSTOL short course there for about ten years now. After returning to the US, he commented that “It was quite an honor” He also got to keep the cap and robe!

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Commando Training Centre, Lympstone provided the music at the Ceremony. Afterwards, the band entertained the graduates and guests with a Military Display followed by March Past, with the salute taken by the Director of the Defence Academy, Lieutenant General Andrew Graham. (NB - the spelling of Defence reflects the English spelling!)

Related Link: http://www.da.mod.uk/