SAE 2015 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition

June 22-25, 2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

DeVos Place Convention Center

Opening Keynote

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Richard F. Schumacher Topic TBD

Richard F. Schumacher
Independent Consultant, Acoustic and Regulatory Issues
Retired, 2002 - GM
SAE Ralph Hillquist Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

I received a BS from Western Michigan University in 1965. I worked for General Motors Proving Ground from 1965 to 2002 in various acoustic jobs of the Noise and Vibration Laboratory. During this time I worked with Ralph Hillquist to organize the Noise Measurement Workshop that has become the Noise and Vibration Conference. After several years in interior noise control, including committee work on the SAE Heat and Sound Insulation Committee, my work evolved to exterior noise measurements, including refining the noise test procedures with the SAE Light Vehicle Exterior Noise Committee, Specialized Vehicle and Equipment Sound Level Committee, Tire Noise Standards Committee, Heavy Truck Sound Level Standards Committee as well as the Instrumentation Standards Committee and Signaling (Horn) Standards Committee.

In 1993 as a member of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Acoustic Committee I was selected to represent the AAMA at the ISO Working Group (WG) on Road Vehicle Noise, becoming Convenor for that WG. Supported by a number of countries we developed an update for the ISO test procedures for passenger cars and trucks which recognized the unique characteristics with automatic transmissions. That procedure was accepted by the United Nations for their global vehicle regulation.

I have authored and co-authored several papers on the instrumentation system verification, exterior noise test procedures and vehicle test procedures. During my years at GM I was also a trustee in a local government and earned the GM Chairman's Community Service Award. I have also received the SAE McFarland Award. Since retirement from GM I formed a consulting company to provide support for acoustic and regulatory issues, focusing on the SAE and ISO vehicle and road surface requirements. In addition I continue to be active in the Boy Scouts of America helping build contributing young men.