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Dr. Andrew Brown Jr., P.E., FESD, NAE
Executive Director & Chief Technologist
Innovation & Technology Office
As Executive Director & Chief Technologist, Dr. Brown provides leadership on corporate innovation and technology issues to help achieve profitable competitive advantage. He also represents Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of innovation and technology including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, academia, etc. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Brown had responsibility for common policies, practices, processes and performance across Delphi's 17,000 member technical community globally and its budget of $2.0 billion, including establishing Delphi's global engineering footprint with new centers in Poland, India, China, Mexico, etc.
In April of 2009, SAE International's Executive Nominating Committee named Dr. Andrew Brown Jr., as its candidate for 2010 SAE International President. He was elected as 2010 SAE International President and Chairman in November of 2009, and was sworn into office in January of 2010 for a one year term. He represented 125,000 members in over 100 countries.
As a NAE member, Dr. Brown was appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) to serve as chair of the Committee on Fuel Economy of Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles. As part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, his 19 person committee composed of noted experts and consultants from industry, academia and government policy developed a report evaluating medium-duty and heavy-duty fuel economy standards. The report includes an assessment of technologies and costs for improving such vehicles. It was recently referenced by President Obama in his enhanced efforts on fuel economy improvement.
After having help create USAutoPARTs (United States Automotive Partnership for Advancing Research and Technologies) in 2007, he was appointed Chairman in spring 2008. This is a supplier based, industry driven, Federal Government, State of Michigan partnership which performs pre-competitive collaborative research to advance cost effective emerging technologies and ultimately speed the commercialization of automotive technologies.
Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the GM Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he was Director - Research, Administration & Strategic Futures. Also, he served as a Manager of Saturn Car Facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn, he was on the Site Selection Team and responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of this innovative manufacturing facility.
Dr. Brown began his GM career as a Project Engineer at Manufacturing Development in 1973. He progressed in the engineering field as a Senior Project Engineer, Staff Development Engineer, and manager of R&D for the Manufacturing Staff. During this period, he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on energy systems, productivity improvement and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM, he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Incorporated, in Morristown, New Jersey.
He currently serves or has served on the boards of the following organizationsFord Design Institute, Society of Automotive Engineers Inc., Engineering Society of Detroit College of Fellows, Convergence Education Foundation, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Convergence Transportation Electronics Foundation, National Council of Engineering Examiners, State of Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, WSU College of Engineering Board of Advisors. Dr. Brown has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). He is also the only Delphi member of the National Academy of Engineers and is also a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees.