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Engineering Professionals Receive SAE Distinguished Speaker Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 29, 2006 - Fifteen professionals in the industry of transportation engineering have been selected to receive SAE International’s 2006 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award.

The award, established in 1984, recognizes individuals who have received SAE International’s Oral Presentation Award more than twice.  It honors the late Lloyd L. Withrow, former department head of General Motors Research Laboratories Fuels and Lubricants Department, and a noted speaker at many SAE meetings.

Dr. Mark Devlin
Dr. Mark DevlinDevlin is a senior research and development advisor at Afton Chemical in Richmond, Va.  Prior to Afton, he worked as an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institute of Health.  He has co-authored and co-invented more than 35 technical papers and patents.  A member of SAE International, he organizes and chairs sessions at the SAE Powertrain & Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition and participates in an SAE fuels and lubricants task force.  He received the Forest R. McFarland Award in recognition of his outstanding services to SAE International.  Devlin received his bachelor’s in chemistry from Duke University and his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Leonard Evans
Dr. Leonard EvansEvans is President of Science Serving Society.  He formed the one-man informal organization in 2000 to facilitate ongoing professional activities after completing a 33-year research career with General Motors Corporation.  An internationally-recognized expert in traffic safety, he has given presentations on the subject in 29 countries.  He authored the widely-acclaimed 2004 book Traffic Safety, plus 160 other publications.  He has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements and is a two-time recipient of the Lloyd L. Withrow Award, which he last received in 2005.  He is a Fellow of SAE International, past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and the International Traffic Medicine Association, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  Evans earned his doctorate in physics from Oxford University in England.  He resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Dr. Michael Hamm
Dr. Michael HammHamm heads the Lighting Technology Development and Innovation department at Automotive Lighting’s Research and Development Headquarters in Reutlingen, Germany.  He is also responsible for technical marketing at Automotive Lighting.  Previously, he worked for Robert Bosch Lighting Division.  He has published more than 25 articles and papers and holds international patents in 35 patent families.  He has been awarded with six “Awards of Oral Excellence” for his presentations on lighting technology at SAE International meetings.  He also gives lectures at the Darmstadt Technical University and the Academy of Applied Science in Stuttgart.  He is a member of SAE International and the German Society for Illumination.  Hamm received a degree in physical sciences and a doctorate in electrical engineering and lighting from Darmstadt Technical University.




Dr. Daniel Haworth
Dr. Daniel HaworthHaworth is a professor of mechanical engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.  At Penn State, he built a funded research program with grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and several industrial sponsors. He is faculty advisor to Penn State’s Challenge X hybrid-electric-vehicle competition team, and is involved with an NSF-sponsored K-12 outreach project that advances transportation technology.  Previously, he worked for 13 years at the General Motors Research & Development Center and 12 years as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University.  Haworth holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.  He resides in State College, Pa.

Dr. James Linden
Dr. James LindenLinden is a staff scientist at the General Motors Research & Development Center in Warren, Mich.  He is responsible for research activities on engine oil and power transmission fluids in the areas of fluid lubricant friction characteristics, oxidation stability, material compatibility, and lubricant effects on vehicle fuel efficiency.  He is a member of SAE International and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.  He resides in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Dr. Andreas Lippert
Dr. Andreas LippertLippert is the Lab Group Manager for Thermosciences at the General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, Mich.  The focus of his group includes engine/aftertreatment systems modeling and multi-dimensional CFD modeling for developing global advanced combustion and propulsion systems.  He has authored more than 20 research papers, conference publications and reports.  Lippert received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He resides in Rochester Hills, MI.

James A. McGeehan
James A. McGeehanMcGeehan is the global manager of Diesel Engine Oil Technology at Chevron Co., in Richmond, Calif.  He has published Chevron’s findings on oil development in 30 SAE papers.  A three-time recipient of the Lloyd L. Withrow Award, he has received many honors from SAE International as well as recognition from ASTM International and Lubricants World Publication.  He is an SAE International Fellow, a Chevron Fellow, a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and Chairman of ASTM International’s Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel, which is responsible for establishing oil categories to improve engine durability and reduce emissions.

Brian O'Connor
Brian O'ConnorO’Connor is a senior research scientist with The Lubrizol Corp., where he focuses his efforts on structure-performance relationships of lubricants and their components used in industrial and automotive drive systems.  He has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and received the American Gear Manufacturers Association’s Technical Division Executive Committee Award.  O’Connor earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Dayton and his master’s in chemistry from Cleveland State University.  He also spent two years at the Technical University Munich as a guest scientist studying the effect of lubricants on gear performance.  He resides in Hudson, Ohio.

Dr. Eric Schneider
Dr. Eric SchneiderSchneider is manager of the Lubrication Chemistry and Systems Group of the Chemical and Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, Mich.  He has published more than 30 technical articles in the areas of automotive lubricants and radiotracer technology and has received two previous awards from SAE International for his research.  He is a member of SAE International, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.  Schneider earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his master’s in business administration from Oakland University and his doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of Maryland.  He resides in Shelby Twp., Mich.

Dr. Andrew Seybert
Dr. Andrew SeybertSeybert is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky.  He has been a faculty member at UK since 1977 and has been instrumental in developing the school’s program in vibro-acoustics.  In addition to teaching and research, Seybert offers short courses and seminars for SAE International and individual companies.  His courses have been attended by more than 500 engineers.  He is a Fellow of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Seybert earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.  He resides in Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Sandeep Sovani
Dr. Sandeep SovaniSovani is a senior consulting engineer with the automotive aerothermal team at Fluent, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich.  A native of Pune, India, Sovani has lived in the U.S. for the past decade, where he has actively worked in the field of automotive thermo-fluid sciences.  Previously, he conducted research at the Thermal Sciences and Propulsion Center of Purdue University, and worked as a senior engineer in the Engineering Research Center of Tata Motors (previously TELCO) in Pune.  He has authored more than 40 research papers, trade journal articles and reports and has delivered many invited lectures.  Sovani is a recipient of the National Talent Search Award from India's National Council for Educational Research and Training and he has been listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.  He is a member of SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi and Mensa International.  Sovani holds three degrees in mechanical engineering, including a bachelor’s from Pune University, a master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology and a doctorate from Purdue University.  He resides in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Alfred Spada
Alfred SpadaSpada is Editor-in-Chief of Modern Casting magazine, Editor/Publisher of Engineered Casting Solutions magazine and Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations of the American Foundry Society in Schaumburg, Ill.  He regularly speaks to metal casters, design engineers and purchasers about the present and future of the global metal-casting industry.  Spada holds his bachelor’s from Northwestern University and his master’s in business administration from the University of Colorado.





Dr. John Van Derlofske
Dr. John Van DerlofskeVan Derlofske is a senior research scientist, assistant research professor and head of transportation lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center in Troy, N.Y. One of his many responsibilities includes investigating a project funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program to redefine national roadway lighting guidelines. Previously, he was a head illumination systems designer for Chrysler Huntsville Electronics in Alabama.  He has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in archival journals and proceedings and has received two Excellence in Oral Presentation Awards.  He is a member of SAE International, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optical Engineering and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.  Van Derlofske earned his bachelor’s in optics at the University of Rochester, and his master’s and doctorate in physics from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

Gerald Veen
Gerald VeenVeen is an acoustical products applications manager for Johnson Controls in Holland, Mich.  He has been involved with product sound quality development, acoustical material development and application, and acoustical testing application for Johnson Controls interior trim and seating products for the past ten years.  Previously, he held positions in product engineering, product validation and advanced engineering.  A member of SAE International, Veen is part of the SAE Acoustical Materials committee and leads the SAE Small Reverb Room Task Force.  He has four published documents.  Veen earned his bachelor’s from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.  He resides in Holland, Mich.

Dr. Andy Walker
Dr. Andy WalkerWalker is the Heavy Duty Diesel Global Technology Director for Johnson Matthey, where he leads technology development for the global heavy duty diesel market.  He has been based in Malvern, Pa., since 2004.  Previously, he worked at Johnson Matthey's Technology Centre, Oxford, U.K., for eight years before moving to the European Development Center in Royston, U.K.  He has published more than 50 papers in the field of catalysis.  He is a member of SAE International.  Walker holds his bachelor's in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, where he remained to earn his doctorate and post-doctorate in catalysis and surface science.  He resides in Chester Springs, Pa.