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Richard S. Davis of General Motors Named SAE International Fellow

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 26, 2016 - SAE International announced that Richard S Davis was elected as a 2015-2016 SAE Fellow. Davis was one of 18 Fellow inductees recognized during ceremonies at the 2016 SAE World Congress, April 12-14 in Detroit, Michigan.

Davis works in GM’s Global Propulsion Systems as a Technical Fellow at the Pontiac, Michigan Engineering Center. He leads major design and development projects for GM’s global engine and combustion programs and also spends a considerable amount of time training and mentoring new engine development engineers.

He was recognized as an SAE Fellow for his technical leadership in the area of SI engine combustion system design and controls. He helped bring several ground breaking technologies into production, including GM's first 4 cam phaser engine (LH2 V8) and first SIDI V6 (LLT), and was integrally involved in increasing the use of analytics in design, culminating in the award-winning Gen V Small Block V8 engine.

Davis began his career with General Motors as a cooperative education student earning his bachelor’s degree at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). He went on to earn a master’s degree in combustion from Stanford University. After receiving his master’s degree he worked at GM on advanced engine technology development, engine calibration for performance and emissions, and combustion system competitive assessment activities. The majority of his career has been spent working on combustion system design and development projects for GM’s global engine programs, including several Ward’s 10 Best winners.

Davis helped introduce advanced technologies such as dual independent cam phasing and gasoline direct injection into production on GM engines. He has been integral in embedding analytical tools, including CFD, into the mainstream combustion system development process - leading to reduced development time and improved performance. More recently, he has worked on key issues facing the automotive industry such as low-speed preignition and particulate emissions. Davis has attained 13 U.S. patents related to engine airflow, combustion, and controls.

A member of SAE International since college, Davis has authored seven SAE International papers and received both the SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award and the Forest R. McFarland Award. He has presented at the SAE High Efficiency Engine Symposium and the AVL International Symposium on Combustion Diagnostics in Germany, and has contributed to several technical articles in SAE Automotive Engineering. In addition to his significant SAE committee involvement, he has worked with USCAR teams, including the Engine Benchmarking Working Group, for which he received a USCAR Special Recognition Award.

SAE Fellow is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering, scientific and leadership accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technologies. The program, established in 1975, recognizes an average of 20 recipients worldwide for this honor each year.

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