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Nakia Simon Earns SAE International’s John Connor Environmental Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 8, 2010 - Nakia L. Simon, Planning Engineer, Regulatory Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC, was honored with the 2009 John Connor Environmental Award during the SAE 2010 Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Established by SAE International in 2001, the John Connor Environmental Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual in promoting the environmental vision of SAE inside and outside the organization. The award was established in 2001 to meet the ever-changing environmental challenges facing manufacturers, suppliers and professionals in the global transportation industry.

At Chrysler Group, Simon is responsible for future legislation and policy issues related to mobile source emissions, air quality and the environmental implications of a vehicle at the end of its useful life. She began her career with Chrysler in 2000working in materials engineering, DaimlerChrylser Corporation’s Design for Environmental Department, emissions and fuel economy certification testing, and regulatory affairs organizations. Her responsibilities over the years have included developing a corporate-wide process for international end-of-life vehicle recycling legislation compliance, coordinating the reduction of substances of concern within Chrysler Group’s vehicles, and managing life-cycle analysis projects. Simon served as a representative on the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP), where she worked with representatives of other automakers, government laboratories and industrial partners on projects dedicated to increasing the recyclability of automobiles.

A member of SAE International since 2003, Simon was selected as chairperson of the Sustainable Development Program Committee (SDPC) in 2008.    

Simon earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Mich., and a MBA from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.  

 

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