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Stephen Joseph Zand

aeronautical engineer , experimental consultant

Stephen Joseph Zand, Polish aeronautical engineer, experimental consultant. Recipient Wright Brothers medal, 1931; Presidential Medal of Merit; French Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre (Belgium, France). Professional engineer, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts.


Zand, Stephen Joseph was born on September 18, 1898 in Lodz, Poland. Son of Julius and Florentine (Volberg) Zand.


D.E., Federal Institute Technology, 1920. Aeronautical Engineer, Ecole Superieure de’Aeronautioue, 1925. Graduate study Columbia, 1931, New York University, 1940.


Airplane designer Curtiss-Wright Company and Ford Motor Company, 1929. Research engineer Pioneer Instrument Company, 1931. Research engineer, assistant to vice president Sperry Gyroscope Company, 1932-1947.

Technical advisory French Air Ministry, 1935. Vice president in charge engineering Lord Manufacturing Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1947-1952. Experimental consultant Research and Development Board, since 1952.

Vice president Unitec, Incorporated, Boston, since 1957.


  • Author: Kapok—An Exhaustive Study of Kapok and its Qualities as Soundproofing Material, 1941. Also technical articles. Contributor, co-editor: Aeronautical Handbook, 1951.

    Inventor automatic control mechanisms and scanning devices for aircraft. Holds patents in field.


Served as technical aid Commanding General A.S. Command, United States A.A.F., World World War II. Fellow Royal Aero. Society of Great Britain, Institute Aero. Sciences; member Society Automotive Engineers.


Married Helen Stankiewicz, July 6, 1925. Children: Elizabeth (Mistress.

Julius Zand

Florentine (Volberg) Zand

Helen Stankiewicz

Elizabeth (Mrs Zand