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Engineering Team from Ford Motor Company to Receive the 2004 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

Warrendale, PA, Feb. 24, 2005 - Four Ford Motor Company employees have been selected to receive the 2004 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. The awardees include Paul W. Erlandson (team leader), Michael B. Bamford, Jianmin Gu and Charles M. Robeck. They will be recognized on April 12, 2005 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 1988, recognizes an individual or team who use their engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions that have had the greatest positive effect on the passenger car, truck, and bus industries. The award honors the memory of Henry Ford II and the enormous impact he had on the automotive industry. This year’s recipients are being recognized for their significant contributions in developing a new non-linear transient analysis method to accurately predict the transient vibration performance of a vehicle, and in directly applying the method to numerous vehicle programs to improve vehicle NVH performance, quality and customer satisfaction.

Paul W. Erlandson Paul W. Erlandson has served as Shift Quality CAE Technical Expert in Ford’s Automatic Transmission Engineering Department since 1999. Since his start at Ford in 1992, his work has been focused on CAE methods for MSS (Mechanical System Simulation), first at the component level, and then later at the vehicle level. Two teams on which he played prominent roles won Customer Driven Quality Awards (CDQA): the Sprag OWC Robustness Team (1995) and AX4N/S Park Robustness Team (2000). The Park Robustness team went on to win the President's CDQA award for the year 2000. Erlandson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Cooper Union and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is also certified in secondary education from Texas A&M University.

Michael B. Bamford Michael B. Bamford has been with Ford Motor Company for the last 10 years working in the area of powertrain NVH. He is the current Shift Quality and Transient NVH Technical Specialist working on both CAE and experimental methods. His primary engineering interests are analytical and physical simulation for multi-body systems. Before taking on the challenges of shift quality, Mr. Bamford was a principal developer of multi-body CAE methods for simulation of flexible crank shaft-block interaction and piston secondary motion. Prior to joining Ford, Bamford worked for the US Army TACOM in analytical and physical simulation, and CADSI. He holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University.

Dr. Jianmin GuDr. Jianmin Gu is currently a research engineer in the Vehicle NVH CAE Department at Ford Motor Company. He has made significant contributions to the development of new CAE methods for vehicle shift quality and transient NVH simulations. His achievements also include applications of these methodologies to provide technical support, consulting and training, drive design solutions, and improve vehicle NVH performance for Ford North America platforms. Prior to joining Ford, he worked as a development and test engineer for Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. Dr. Gu has published around 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Gu is the recipient of numerous achievement awards and is an active member of several professional organizations. He received a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and technological and engineering economics (dual major) with honors and a master’s degree in structural mechanics, both from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He also holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Charles M. RobeckCharles M. Robeck is a product design engineer in Ford Motor Company's Automatic Transmission CAD and CAE department. His work focuses on the simulation of dynamic systems, both in the development and refinement of methodologies and the application of those methodologies to specific vehicle programs. Prior to joining Ford, he performed research at the University of Houston that included correlation data taken from an experiment performed aboard U. S. Space Shuttle Mission STS-70; he assisted in the development of the flow visualization methods used. Robeck holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston with both University Honors and Honors in Major. He also holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.