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Six Authors Receive SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 5, 2005 - Six engineering professionals and professors have been selected to receive SAE International’s 2004 Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award.  They will be presented with the award during the SAE World Congress in  Detroit, Mich., April 3-6, 2006.

The award, established in 1976 in honor of 1931 SAE President Vincent Bendix, recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to automotive electronics.  This year’s recipients include Dr. David J. Grupp and co-authors Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick, Dr. Harry A. Dwyer, Matthew E. Forrest, Pippin G.L. Mader and Dr. Marshall Miller for their paper, “Development of a Retrofit Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit for Truck Idle Reduction” (2004-01-2629).

Dr. David J. GruppDr. David J. Grupp
Grupp works in research and product development at Altergy Systems, where he focuses on designing fuel cell systems.  He previously worked in product development at the Ford Motor Company TH!NK division and in research engineering at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the  Michigan  Technological  University  and the  University  of  Wisconsin, respectively.  He was recently granted his doctorate degree from theInstituteofTransportation Studiesat the University of California-Davis.

 

Dr. Christie-Joy BrodrickDr. Christie-Joy Brodrick
Brodrick is an assistant professor atJamesMadisonUniversityand co-director of the university’s Alternative Fuels Program.  She also works as a research engineer at the Institute  of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis.  Brodrick has twice received the SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award.  She has also been honored with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from  California Polytechnic  State  University  and the  University  of  California-Davis, respectively.  She also holds a doctorate degree in transportation technology and policy from the University of California-Davis.

 

Dr. Harry A. DwyerDr. Harry A. Dwyer
Dwyer is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California-Davis.  During his 38-year career at the university, he has been a visiting lecturer at  Stanford  University, the University of California-Berkeley and at prestigious institutions throughout France, Germary, Spain and Japan.  He has published more than 200 documents, with his most recent focusing on fuel cell systems, diesel engines and gas emissions and their effect on the truck and bus industry.  Dwyer is a member of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from  Rutgers  University. 

 

Matthew E. ForrestMatthew E. Forrest
Forrest is a senior mechanical engineer at DaimlerChrysler RTNA, Inc., working in the F-Cell vehicle development program.  He is also involved with many technical projects at the California Fuel Cell Partnership.  He has been active in the field of fuel cell technology since 2000.  Forrest received his bachelor’s degree in physics fromCentralWashingtonUniversityand his master’s degree in transportation technology and policy from the University of California-Davis.

 

Pippin G.L. MaderPippin G.L. Mader
Mader, an air resources engineer for the California Air Resources Board, is currently developing regulations to control off-road emissions.  He previously worked as a consultant for Analatom Inc. and as a researcher for the University of California-Davis.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the  University  of  California-Davis. 

 

Dr. Marshall MillerDr. Marshall Miller
Miller is a senior development engineer at the University of California-Davis who focuses on the impact of advanced vehicle technologies on the environment.   He currently runs the Hybrid Vehicle Propulsion Systems Laboratory and directs the Hydrogen Bus Technology Validation Program, which will operate buses that run on hydrogen-enriched natural gas at the transit agency in  Davis, Calif.  He previously worked as a high energy physicist at the  University  of  Chicagoand the  University  of  Pennsylvania.  Miller received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science and his master’s degree in physics and nuclear engineering from the  University  of  Michigan.  He holds a doctorate degree in physics from the  University  of  Pennsylvania. 
 
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