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Dr. Simon Chin-Yu Tung Honored With SAE International Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 30, 2013 - SAE International announces that Dr. Simon Chin-Yu Tung, Global OEM Liaison Manager, Vanderbilt Chemicals Company, has won the SAE Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award.

Dr. Tung 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.

Established in 2008, this award recognizes exceptional innovation and competence in powertrain design and development through the annual recognition of an engineer who has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the field.

Dr. Simon Tung holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA Degree from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  He has been involved in the automotive industry since joining General Motors Research Laboratories in 1982. While there, he led pioneering research and development on automotive powertrain tribology design and lubrication engineering, and was appointed as Technical Fellow in the General Motors R&D Center to lead advanced energy efficient lubricant research and discovery project program in 2003. In 2008, he joined the Industrial Technology Research Institute as General Director, where he was responsible to manage all R&D programs in the Energy and Environmental Research Laboratories. He made significant contributions in the research areas of green energy, energy storage system, hydrogen energy, biofuels, and greenhouse emission reduction.  Dr. Tung’s technical expertise includes powertrain tribology, automotive lubrication, energy technology, environmental engineering, and surface engineering. 

He has received many distinguished honors, including being named an SAE Fellow and a Fellow in the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers as well as receiving the Gold Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit. In addition, he has received 25 professional outstanding achievements awards in his career.  Recently he was honored with SAE Internationals Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation during the SAE 2011 World Congress. Dr. Tung has 186 publications that cover such diverse subjects as automotive engineering, advanced materials, surface engineering, tribology, and manufacturing.  He also holds 23 U.S. and International Patents on novel tribological materials and innovation methods for reducing friction and wear in powertrain components and manufacturing process.

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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