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Four Ford Engineers Receive Henry Ford II Distinguished Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 5, 2006 -

Four Ford Motor Co. employees have been selected to receive SAE International’s 2005 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering.  They will be presented with the award at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Mich., April 3-6, 2006.


The award, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members whose contributions to developing a manufacturing process have positively impacted the passenger car, truck and bus industries.  This year’s recipients are Cedric Xia, Laurent Chappuis, Feng Ren and Danielle Zeng for their contributions in developing a systematic approach in CAE Springback Compensation Technology. 


Cedric XiaCedric Xia
Xia is a technical leader for Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co.  He has been working in the areas of sheet metal forming and advanced forming technologies since he joined Ford in 1995.  Prior to Ford, Xia was a research fellow at Harvard University and a technical consultant for the defense industry.  A member of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Xia holds three patents and has published more than 40 technical papers.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. 


Laurent ChappuisLaurent Chappuis
Chappuis is the supervisor of the Stamping CAE section of Die Engineering at Ford Motor Co., where he oversees all of the stamping simulations for Ford North America.  He has been working in the area of sheet metal forming modeling since joining Ford in 1986.  He has given multiple presentations at technical seminars, one of which was recognized by the SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation award.  He is a member of SAE International, the American Society for Metals and the North American Deep Drawing Research Group.  Chappuis holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and a master’s degree in engineering management from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.    


Feng RenFeng Ren
Ren is a technical expert in the Manufacturing and Processes department of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co.  She has been working in the area of forming simulation technologies and tooling design since joining Ford in 1998.  Ren is a member of SAE International.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University in and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.


Danielle ZengDanielle Zeng
Zeng is a research engineer for Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co.  Prior to joining Ford, she was a Project Engineer at National Steel Corporation.  A member of SAE International, she was the recipient of the SAE/AISI Sydney Melbourne Award in 2002.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University, a master’s degree from Tsinghua University, and a doctorate degree from The Ohio State University.  


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