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Engineers Win SAE Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 23, 2006 - A team of engineers has been selected to receive SAE International’s Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award. 

The award, established in 1953, recognizes individuals for outstanding service in SAE International’s technical committee activities.  The team is being honored for their contributions to the Motor Vehicle Council, chaired by Robert F. Mull.

MullRobert F. Mull

Mull is Executive Director of Vehicle Evaluation and Verification for Ford.  He previously held leadership roles directing Ford’s worldwide product plan, specifically in the Asia-Pacific region, where he worked for seven years.  He also worked on numerous domestic and worldwide car and truck product programs, led Ford’s Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, and was a co-leader of the Consumer Insight Experience.  Mullhas been honored with five awards from Ford.  A member of SAE International, Mullis chairman of the SAE Motor Vehicle Council and a member of the Technical Standards Board.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Arbor Hospice and the Automotive Resources Institute.  He has served on the Ford of Mexico Advisory Board, the President's Council on Competitiveness and on several study committees of the U.S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment.  He is an active counselor and trainer of Ford’s new engineering employees, a Ford Executive Champion of the National Black MBA Association, and sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Competition for area high schools.  Mull is the Executive Engineering Sponsor (Champion) of the University of Michigan Engineering School.  He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, graduating with honors, from the University of Michigan.  He received his master’s degree in business administration, graduating with distinction, from the University of Michigan. Mull was a Combat Engineering Officer in the U.S. Army.

BaltusisPaul Baltusis

Baltusis is an on-board diagnostics technical leader in the Powertrain Controls Software department at Ford.  He joined Ford in 1979.  He has a published SAE International paper about on-board vehicle diagnostics, holds seven patents and is the recipient of the Henry Ford Technological Award for various transmission control algorithms.  He is a 25-year member of SAE International.  Baltusis received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. 

DeversRichard A. Devers

Devers is a staff product engineer in halfshaft engineering at Delphi.  During his career at Delphi, he spent three years at Delphi's manufacturing plant in Spain.  He holds several patents, has authored many research disclosures and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.  He was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a 25-year member of SAE International.  Devers received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute and his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan.

KunkelDennis T. Kunkel

Kunkel is a General Motors Technical Fellow in the Field Performance Assessment group at General Motors.  He has worked for General Motors since 1977 and has worked in the field of vehicle dynamics since 1972.  His main focus areas have been vehicle performance analysis, vehicle performance specification and vehicle testing.  His work has resulted in several computer simulations for vehicle performance predictions and he has contributed to the processes used for vehicle development.  He has published two papers through SAE International and has authored more than 300 internal documents.  He holds one patent.  A member of SAE International since 1972, Kunkel is a member of the SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee.  He is chairman of the SAE J670 Revision Task Force and of the U.S. Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 22, Subcommittee 9.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

RichardsonDr. Dan E. Richardson

Richardson is the worldwide corporate technical advisor for the power cylinder at Cummins, Inc.  He has published various documents on the power cylinder within SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and holds two patents.  SAE International presented Richardson with the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2002 and the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award in 1996.  The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has presented him with awards for the “Most Valuable Technical Paper” and for “Outstanding Oral Presentation.”  A member of SAE International, Richardson serves on the Piston and Rings Standard Committee and was chair of the Diesel Engine Committee for two years.  He helped organized local meetings for the SAE Indiana section.  He is also a member of ASME.  Richardson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SimsRon I. Sims

Sims joined the Ford Research Staff in Dearborn, Mich.in 1987 with 20 years of experience in the research and development of automotive materials and electric vehicles.  Until his retirement, he was responsible for the research and development of fuel cells and hydrogen storage within Ford.  He also held leadership roles in developing electric vehicles at Ford and creating joint contracts with Ford and the U.S. Department of Energy.  He served as co-chair of the Codes and Standards Working Group of the International Hydrogen Infrastructure Group.  He is currently a part-time consultant in fuel cells and energy storage technologies. He has published 16 documents and was honored in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Fuel Cell Program for Outstanding Contributions to the Department of Energy Transportation Fuel Cell Program.  A member of SAE International, Sims has served as chairman of the SAE Fuel Cell Standards Forum, chairman of the SAE Electric Vehicle Standards Forum and as an SAE Industrial Lecturer on fuel cells.  Sims received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy from Aston University (U.K.) and his registration as a chartered engineer from the British Institute of Engineers.  

ThomasTimothy J. Thomas

Thomas, a staff technical specialist at Ford, has been involved in the field of in-vehicle communications and diagnostics for more than 17 years.  His primary responsibilities include representing Ford at industry forums, communicating Ford’s role in emissions to and European legislators, and providing leadership in the area of vehicle multiplexing.  A 15-year member of SAE International, Thomas has been involved in the development of SAE standards and was elected chairman of the Vehicle Architecture for Data Communications Committee in 2004.  He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Oakland Universityand his master’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University.

WiegandBill Wiegand

Wiegand is the manager of worldwide service programming at General Motors Service & Parts Operations Engineering for General Motors.  He has worked for General Motors since 1968, with a two-year leave for military service from 1968 to 1970.  His General Motors experience includes working for the Milford Proving Ground, the Technical Centerand the Service Technology Group.  He has published four documents through SAE International.  A member of SAE International for more than 18 years, he is active on the Vehicle E/E Systems Diagnostic Standards Committee, chairman of three SAE task forces and active on other task forces that develop SAE Recommended Practices referenced in on-board diagnostic regulations.  He is also involved with the International Standards Organization Serial Data Work Group, developing standards intended for global harmonization of on-board and off-board diagnostic systems.  Wiegand received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University. 

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