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SAE International to Myra Blanco with the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 25, 2013 - Dr. Myra Blanco, research scientist with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) has won the SAE International J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders. She will receive the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit. The Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in Cobo Center.

The J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders, which was established by the SAE International Women Engineers Committee, is designed to recognize a woman active in the mobility industry who has achieved the best balance of life by outstanding performance or significant contributions in two or more of the following areas, including exhibits outstanding service to her company and community; demonstrates excellent leadership as a supervisor, manager, or in team environments; displays innovation and uniqueness in achieving corporate and personal goals; demonstrates strong interpersonal skills; provides important engineering or technical contributions to the mobility industry; overcomes adversity and participates in and is involved with SAE International activities.

Dr. Blanco leads VTTI’s Automated Vehicle Systems (AVS) Group. Formally trained in Human Factors Engineering, her areas of expertise extend beyond automated vehicles. She has specialized in large-scale, real-world driving studies, product testing and evaluation, user-centered product design and development, and the design and implementation of innovative research tools. Her research generates a practical, in-depth knowledge base that informs government, commercial operations, equipment manufacturers, academia, and the public. During her 15 year tenure at VTTI, Dr. Blanco's research sponsors have included the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Virginia Center for Transportation and Innovative Research, Motor Coach Industries, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation.    

Dr. Blanco has authored more than 60 scientific articles and technical reports, several book chapters, given and organized technical sessions and workshops, reviews technical papers, and volunteers with student groups. She received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech where she specialized in Human Factors Engineering for Surface Transportation at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus. 

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 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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