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Marine Manufacturer Engineers Win SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 15, 2006 - A team of marine engine manufacturer engineers has been selected to receive SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.  They were presented the award at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit, April 3-6.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941.  Seven papers were selected from 2,677 published for SAE International meetings in 2004, including a paper authored by this team: “Predicting and Optimizing Two-Stroke Engine Performance Using Multidimensional CFD” (2004-32-0039).

Yangbing Zeng

Yangbing Zeng Zeng is a senior researcher at General Motors Research & Development Center.  Previously, he worked for Bombardier Recreational Products and was a core member of the project team that developed fuel-efficient and low-emission marine engines that won the 2005 Clean Air Award from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.  He has published more than 30 technical papers for international journals and conferences.  He is a member of SAE International and the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems.  Zeng received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in engineering mechanics from  Tsinghua  University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the  University  of  Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign.  He resides in  Rochester Hills, Mich.


Sebastian Strauss

Sebastian Strauss Strauss is the manager of engineering quality and reliability at Stihl US, Inc., where he is responsible for final product quality and the emissions lab. Previously, he worked as a senior research engineer at the Outboard Engines Division of BRP US, Inc.  He was involved in the development of the E-TEC engine, which received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award in 2005, a first for a marine engine manufacturer.  Strauss has several patents and has authored and co-authored numerous SAE papers.  A member of SAE International, he is currently the technical chair of the SAE Small Engine Technology Conference.  He resides in  Virginia Beach, Va.


Peter Lucier

Lucier is a senior project engineer at the Boats and Outboards Division of BRP US, Inc., where he leads a team of designers and technicians working on Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines.  Previously, he worked on gasoline direct-injection outboard engines at Johnson and Evinrude.  He is a member of SAE International.  Lucier received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestsern Universityand his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the  University  of  Wisconsin  at Madison.  He resides in Chicago.


Todd Craft

Craft is an engineer for Bombardier Recreational Projects.  Previously, he worked as a project engineer for Outboard Marine Corp.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the  University  of  Wisconsin  at Madison.  He resides in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.