2002 Lubricant Award

Wednesday, October 29
1:00 PM
Allegheny II (3rd Level)

The 2002 SAE Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants has been granted to Guntram Lechner, Alexander Knafl, Dennis Assanis, University of Michigan; Spyros I. Tseregounis, Rolls-Royce; Michael L. McMillan, Simon C. Tung, Patricia A. Mulawa, General Motors R&D and Planning; Ewa Bardasz, Susan Cowling, The Lubrizol Corporation, for their paper "Engine Oil Effects on the Friction and Emissions of a Light-Duty, 2.2L Direct - Injection - Diesel Engine Part 1 - Engine Test Results", (SAE Paper No.2002-01-2681). This Award recognizes accomplishments and acknowledges contributions through original research and/or developments to the better mutual adaptation of lubricants and lubricated automotive systems or components.

The 2002 Award will be presented by Irwin Goldblatt, Executive Director, Technology, Castrol North America, Inc., and Chair, 2002 Research on Automotive Lubricant Award Board.

Guntram Lechner, University of Michigan
Guntram Lechner received his MSc. degree (Dipl.Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Graz, Austria. After graduation, he started his Ph.D. in January 2000 at the University of Michigan. The general topic of his work was the reduction of emissions, in particular PM and NOx emissions, of light-duty, direct injected Diesel engines. The first part of this work included an assessment of lube-oil effects on emissions. The second part of his studies considered the implementation of a premixed combustion strategy in a light-duty 4-Cylinder Diesel engine. He recently defended his PhD with the topic "Feasibility and Limitations of Premixed Diesel Combustion in Multi-Cylinder Engines".

Alexander Knafl, University of Michigan
Alexander Knafl is a student in a doctoral program at the University of Michigan, department of Mechanical Engineering. Since Fall 2002 he has worked in the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory as a Graduate Student Research Assistant. His current research topic is related to high speed diesel engines, particularly emissions and their behavior under transient engine operating conditions. Alexander graduated from the Technical University Graz, Austria with the degree of a "Diplomingenieur" in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - ECONOMICS in spring 2002. In 2001 he spent 6 months at the University of Michigan doing research on engine lubricant and its contribution to emissions. Between 1999 and 2002, Alexander worked at AVL LIST GmbH Graz where he performed technical training fort test bed systems, and devices.

Dennis Assanis, University of Michigan
Professor Assanis is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering at The University of Michigan. He received the B.Sc. degree in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, England; S.M. degrees in both Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982); S.M. degree in Management from MIT's Sloan School of Management (1986); and the Ph.D. degree in Power and Propulsion from MIT (1985). His expertise encompasses a broad range of modeling methodologies and experimental techniques for studies of fundamental engine processes and automotive systems design. Over the past 10 years, Professor Assanis has revitalized the Mechanical Engineering Department's teaching and research efforts in internal combustion engines and transformed the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory into a beehive of research activity. He currently serves as the Director of the Automotive Research Center, the Director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, and the Director of the Multi-University Consortium on Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engine Research. He is also the Co-Director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory on Engine Systems. He has also served as the Founding Director of the highly successful, interdisciplinary graduate program in Automotive Engineering between 1996 and 2001. Dr. Assanis has received a number of teaching and research awards and is an SAE Fellow.

Spyros I. Tseregounis, Rolls-Royce
Spyros Tseregounis received a Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984; an M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1981; and a B.S., Chemical Engineering, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1977. Since the summer of 2002, he has been an Engineering Materials/Process Consultant, for Rolls-Royce Corporation, in Indianapolis, IN. In this position, he consults and engages in research and development in the general area of tribology focusing on gas turbine and jet engine applications. Prior to Rolls-Royce he was a Staff Research Engineer, General Motors Research and Development Center, Chemical and Environmental Sciences Laboratory, Warren, MI. There his research interests included engine oil rheology and oil effects on fuel economy and emissions. He was also involved in the ASTM D02.07 Subcommittee on Flow Properties (chairman of Section B on high temperature non-Newtonian viscosity) and SAE TC1 Engine Oil Viscosity Classification Task Force (J300).

Michael L. McMillan
Michael L. McMillan received his BS (1964) and MS (1965) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1970. He has worked for General Motors between 1965 and 1967, and from 1970 until the present time. He is presently Manager of Lubricant Activities in the Chemical & Environmental Science Laboratory. Dr. McMillan is concerned with the relationships of fuels and lubricants to their performance in automotive components, and has published numerous papers in recent years on the subject. He was closely involved in ASTM efforts to develop low-temperature engine oil pumpability tests and high-temperature rheological tests which predict engine wear, as well as CRC and ASTM efforts to solve diesel fuel-related problems including low-temperature operability and exhaust particulate formation. He is presently concerned with all aspects of engine oil quality and performance, and is closely involved with efforts to improve lubricant performance through the development of worldwide performance specifications. He is also Chairman of the International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), co-Chairman of the Administrative Guidance Panel which oversees the API Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System, and an active participant in numerous ASTM and SAE technical committee activities. He was recently elected a Fellow of SAE International.

Simon C. Tung
Dr. Simon C. Tung received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in July 1982. In 1982, Dr. Tung joined General Motors Research Laboratories. At present, he is Senior Staff Research Engineer. He is responsible for leading research and development on automotive tribology and surface engineering in automotive powertrain and manufacturing systems. In 1985-1990, Dr. Tung led pioneering research efforts resulting the integration of new transmission clutch and advanced engine components. He was a recipient of the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution on automotive engineering in 1986. He was also a recipient of the 1992 STLE Captain Alfred E. Hunt Award for the best paper he published. In addition, he was a recipient of the 1995 ASM Technical Merit Award for the best papers he published. In 1998, Dr. Tung was elected as the STLE Fellow for his outstanding achievement in tribology and surface engineering. Dr. Tung's technical expertise includes automotive lubricants, surface engineering, powertrain tribology, advanced materials, and manufacturing process. In addition to technical achievement, he is very active in SAE and has been selected as the Vice-Chairman of Lubricants in the SAE Fuels and Lubricants Activity. He also received the highest honor from SAE to elevate to the SAE Fellow in March 2001. In 1999, he received the highest honor-Gold Award from the Engineering of Society of Detroit (ESD) to recognize his outstanding achievements in engineering and leadership. Dr. Tung has 72 publications that appear in 5 different journals; cover such diverse subjects as advanced materials, surface engineering, automotive engineering, and manufacturing. He also holds nine U.S. Patents on novel tribological coatings and methods for reducing friction and wear.

Patricia A. Mulawa, General Motors R&D and Planning
Pat Mulawa received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and in Biology in 1975 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She joined the General Motors Research Laboratories in1976 in the Exhaust Emissions group of the Environmental Science Department to work in the area of unregulated emissions. Subsequently her areas of responsibility have included the impact of mobile source emissions on acidic deposition, related damage to plants, hydrocarbon speciation of exhaust and exhaust particle emissions characterization. Currently she is a Staff Scientist in the Chemical and Environmental Sciences Laboratory working on processes to produce hydrogen that do not produce carbon dioxide.

Ewa Bardasz, The Lubrizol Corporation
Ewa Bardasz earned a Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, from Case Institute of Technology and an MS, Chemical Engineering, from Warsaw Technical University. She joined The Lubrizol Corporation in 1988, and is currently a principal scientist in engine oils. Her technical expertise is on lubrication, specifically the formulation of crankcase oils, corrosion/corrosion protection, colloid and surface chemistry, catalysis, petroleum products, and pulp and paper industry. She has held positions at Union Camp Corporation in Princeton, NJ and Exxon Research & Engineering Co. in Linden, NJ and has developed and patented a method of evaluating rust inhibition in nonaqueous systems. She holds 13 other patents and has published numerous papers in Lubrication and Corrosion Protection. Honors, which she has received, include Outstanding Young Woman Award, Professional Development Recognition, AIChE. Ewa is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Industry & Arts, London, UK and a member of the New York State Academy of Sciences.

Susan Cowling, The Lubrizol Corporation
Susan Cowling has a B.A. in psychology and math from Lake Erie College, an MS and PhD in Educational Psychology and an MS in applied statistics from Case Western Reserve University. She taught psychology and statistics at Lake Erie College for 12 years and has been an industrial statistician for 21 years, 4 at Ricerca, Inc. and the last 17 at The Lubrizol Corporation. Susan is a statistical consultant to the engine oils and viscosity modifier groups and is also responsible for coordinating statistics and six sigma training in the research, development and engineering division at Lubrizol.