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SAE International to Honor SOLUS President Richard Wood with L. Ray Buckendale Lecture Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 25, 2015 -

Richard Wood, President of SOLUS Solutions and Technologies, will be honored with the 2015 SAE International L. Ray Buckendale Lecture Award during the SAE 2015 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, which will be held Oct. 6-8 in Rosemont, Ill. 

Established in 1953, this award provides for an annual lecture that deals with automotive ground vehicles for either on- or off-road operation in either commercial or military service. The intent is to provide procedures and data useful in formulating solutions in commercial vehicle design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance. Sponsors of the award include: Cummins, Inc.; Dana Holding Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Meritor, Inc.; and TRW Automotive.

Mr. Wood has 35 years of experience in aerodynamic research and product development for various organizations including NASA, DARPA, DOD, DOE, EPA, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.  His extensive ground vehicle experience includes experimental and computational fluid dynamics and fuel economy testing.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and has authored 120 technical papers with SAE International, AIAA, ASME, and NASA and has 17 patents and seven patents pending.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and has received numerous awards including the 2011 Hampton Roads Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the NASA 2005 Richard Whitcomb Technology Transfer Award; the NASA Engineering and Safety Center X43A Award; and the Boeing Hornet Wing Drop Program Award.          

Mr. Wood is an active member of SAE International.  His support for SAE International meetings include; chair of the COMVEC Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee and past chair of the COMVEC Total Vehicle Committee where he has organized and chaired more than 30 technical sessions and reviewed more than 70 papers.  In the area of SAE International standards, Mr. Wood is vice chair of the Truck and Bus Council, chair of the Total Vehicle Steering Committee, and past chair of the Aerodynamics and Fuel Economy Committee.

He is also the recipient of the SAE International 2014 James M. Crawford Technical Standards Board Outstanding Achievement Award and the 2015 Forest R. McFarland Award. 

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