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SAE International Announces the 2006-2007 Class of SAE Fellows

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 23, 2007 - SAE International names 25 engineers and scientists from industry and academia to the prestigious status of "SAE Fellow." Each will receive the award during the Honors Convocation on April 17, 2007 at the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit. The recipients, and a condensed bio for each, are listed in alphabetic order below.

SAE Fellowship status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technology. The program, established in 1975, recognizes an average of only 20 worldwide recipients for this honor each year.

Donald W. Ableson

Ableson is Executive Director (retired), Specialty Vehicle Activity, General Motors Corporation. Ableson is being honored for his long and exemplary career in General Motors' Project Engineering, Facilities Engineering, and Plant Management organizations, where his leadership helped create innovative products, significant new processes, and modern production plants. His career progressed from engineer-in-charge to Executive Director in Product Development, where he actively led small teams that developed unique vehicles such as the Impala SS, Cadillac Catera, SSR retro pick-up truck, and the Presidential Limousine. He is currently President of the SAE Foundation Canada. To honor Ableson’s exemplary leadership both within the industry and to SAE and the SAE Foundation, the SAE Foundation created the “Ableson Award for Visionary Leadership.”  Ableson was President of SAE International in 1999 and has served on many SAE Boards and Committees throughout his many years of SAE International affiliation. Ableson is a resident of West Bloomfield, Mich.

Dr. John Abraham

Abraham is a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He is being recognized for his pioneering contributions to the formulation and development of multidimensional models for engines. He has used these models to significantly deepened and broaden the understanding of the fundamental processes which influence engine performance and emissions, enabling specific advances in spark-ignition, rotary and diesel engine technology. Abraham has published more than 160 papers and has been awarded three patents. Among his honors are the SAE Lloyd Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, and the Harry Solberg Best Teacher Award from the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering. Abraham is a resident of West Lafayette, Ind. 

Dr. Jerald A. Caton, PE

Caton is a mechanical engineering professor at Texas A & M University. He is being recognized for his outstanding educational leadership in the area of engine simulation research including the second law of thermodynamics. His work has expanded fundamental understandings of selective catalytic reduction and selective non-catalytic reduction (SCR/SNCR) processes and helped develop new generation pollutant sensors. Caton has published 43 journal papers, 115 conference papers, and presented 34 invited lectures about engines, cogeneration and alternate fuels. Caton is a resident of College Station, Texas.

Dr. Jeff R. Crandall

Crandall is an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the director of the Center of Applied Biomechanics at the University of Virginia. He is being recognized for his accomplishments in improving the understanding of the mechanics of injuries in humans. His work has provided the foundation for the advancement of tolerance criteria for injuries. Application of his developments has led to improved crash-test dummy design, as well as improved vehicle crash performance. Crandall has published more than 300 refereed journal and conference papers related to automobile safety. Crandall is a resident of Charlottesville, Va.

Dr. Herbert H. Dobbs, PE

Dobbs is a consultant and member of the Board of Directors at TORVEC, Inc. He is being recognized for his significant contributions to military automotive systems development. He had a 31-year army career ranging from automotive, armament, and missile R&D to serving as technical director of U.S. Army TACOM. His expertise in combat vehicle technology/design led to his appointment to the U.S. Army Science Board in 1994, where he served through 2006. Dobbs holds three patents and has published more than 20 technical papers. He has also contributed to numerous magazine articles and business reports. Dobbs is a resident of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Dr. Ronald L. Graves

Graves is director of the Fuels, Engines & Emissions Research Center (FEERC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is being recognized for his multi-faceted and numerous contributions to research and development programs in fuels, combustion, and emissions. For many years, he has played a pivotal role in the formation of several government-industry initiatives, resulting in high-impact fuels and engine research findings. He created and directs the FEERC at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Graves holds two patents and has published more than 50 technical papers. He is an active participant in SAE International and has organized sessions for the SAE Fuels and Lubricant, and Government/Industry conferences. Graves is a resident of Knoxville, Tenn.

Dr. Daniel C. Haworth

Haworth is a professor of mechanical engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.

He  is being recognized for pioneering work in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for IC engines. This includes development of advanced physical models and numerical algorithms, integration of models and algorithms into engineering CFD codes, and applications of CFD to improve production engines and to develop advanced engines. As faculty advisor to Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition teams, he has been rated as an exceptional educator by his students. Haworth has authored and co-authored more than 160 refereed journals and other papers on the computational thermal-fluids sciences and engineering education areas. Haworth is a resident of State College, Pa.

Jackson Y. T. Ho

Ho is director and general manager of Dah Chong Hong-Dragonair Airport GSE Service Ltd. He is being recognized as an outstanding professional and leader in the Hong Kong mobility industry. His 20 years of contributions as a specialist in airport ground support vehicles has earned him international recognition and made a major impact in enhancing a safer and more efficient turn-around time for aircraft service. Ho’s technical contribution, through his posts as councilor, director and chairman of various professional institutions; and his membership in the high level policy committee of the Hong Kong Government, has resulted in the implementation of new rules and regulations for enhancing and raising mobility standards. Ho was one of the key contributors at the Hong Kong International Airport, an airport recognized as “The Best Airport in the World” for four consecutive years. Ho is a resident of Hong Kong.

Dr. Robert P. Hubbard

Hubbard is a retired professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University and owner of HANS® Performance Products Inc. He is being recognized for his contributions to the development of automotive seating and automotive safety, specifically for the development of the HANS® (Head And Neck Support) device. This head and neck restraint system is used worldwide in the racing community and is recognized as a major contribution to racing safety. Hubbard has authored or co-authored 69 reviewed publications and has been awarded six patents related to his invention. Hubbard is a resident of East Lansing, Mich.

Tomohiko Kawanabe

Kawanabe is a senior managing director of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Japan. He is being recognized for his leadership in low emission engine and emission control development. His breakthroughs in precision air/fuel metering have greatly improved catalyst and engine performance. Kawanabe’s concepts, adopted by industry, meet the most stringent exhaust emissions standards for environmental benefit. His innovative work continues in direct fuel injection, diesel engines, and hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Kawanabe holds 113 patents issued in Japan and the U.S. relevant to air/fuel metering, and has spoken at technology conferences and forums worldwide.

Dr. Eugene L. Keating, PE

Keating is founder and vice president of Environmental Kinetics, Ltd. He is being recognized for his significant contributions to engineering and engineers during 30+ years of teaching, research and entrepreneurship, such as providing the United States Navy key input on design, development and operation of advanced shipboard fuel and propulsion systems. Keating has published three engineering textbooks as well as more than 50 scholarly papers from his conducted basic and applied scientific research into high temperature combustion fundamentals and applications. Keating is a resident of Arnold, Md.

John M. Leinonen, PE

Leinonen is executive engineer (retired) of Ford Motor Company. He is being recognized for his lengthy career in automotive safety. He played a pivotal role in the establishment and execution of Ford's FMVSS compliance, defect prevention and related analysis activities. His dedication to championing innovations in safety technologies has earned him the respect of his peers and the industry. Leinonen was a key industry spokesperson on future needs in automotive safety and was Ford’s key spokesperson nationally on the importance of seat belt use and the incremental benefit of airbags in injury and fatality reduction. He served two terms on the SAE Board of Directors (1988-1990 and 1994-1996) and was SAE President in 1995. As SAE President, he was primarily responsible for opening the door for SAE India, which eventually became SAE International's second affiliate. He was also co-chair of SAE’s Centennial Program Committee. Leinonen is a resident of Northville, Mich.

Dr. Yiannis A. Levendis

Levendis is a distinguished professor in Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. He has distinguished himself in successfully integrating applied and basic research with the teaching and mentoring of students. His research targets environmentally sound combustion and energy generation, with emphasis on diesel engines, coal combustion, alternative fuels and waste fuels. Levendis holds nine U.S. patents, as well as several international patents, and he has published 175 technical papers in prestigious journals, books, encyclopedias and conference proceedings. Levendis is a resident of Boston.

Dr. Zissimos P. Mourelatos

Mourelatos is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Oakland University. He is being recognized for his technical accomplishments in the areas of engine lubrication; engine structural dynamics; noise, vibration and harshness, and design under uncertainty. Mourelatos has authored 125 published journal articles, conference articles, and industrial reports , and is currently the editor-in-chief of the newly formed International Journal of Reliability and Safety and an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. Mourelatos is a resident of Grosse Pointe, Mich.


Dr. Hideaki Muraki

Muraki is general manager, Johnson Matthey, Japan. He is being recognized for his leadership at Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories, Inc., Toyota Motors and Johnson Matthey Japan, Inc., and his extensive accomplishments in the field of research and development of catalytic emission control for gasoline and diesel engines. His research has contributed to new understandings of how catalyst systems function and to important developments in the structural design of emission control catalysts . Muraki has published more than 40 technical papers and holds 140 U.S., European, and Japanese patents that relate to catalytic developments for the automotive industry. Muraki is a resident of Utsunomiya Tochigi, Japan.

Dr. Koshiro Ono

Ono is executive chief researcher at the Japan Automobile Research Institute. He is being recognized for his research work in the area of automotive accident trauma and impact biomechani cs . His research findings have made significant contributions to the improvement in performance of occupant and vulnerable road user protection systems.

Ono has published more than 200 technical papers related to occupant protection and safety. Ono is a resident of Tsukuba Ibaraki, Japan.

Jayant D. Patel

Patel is a technical fellow in Material & Process Engineering Department at the Boeing Company. He is being recognized for his international stature in the field of composites, plastics and electrometric technologies. During Patel’s 34-year career, he developed many innovative technologies for the aerospace industry that have provided improved performance and reliability as well as cost savings for commercial and military airplanes.

He holds 27 patents with 5 Special Inventors Awards by Boeing Company (2001-2005). He has authored more than 100 technical papers and has won industry awards from companies such as General Electric, Amoco, and Industrial Tube Corporation. Patel is a resident of Lake Forest, Calif.

James L. Pettigrew, PE

Pettigrew is director of propulsion diagnostics at Howell Instruments, Inc. He is being recognized for his leadership in turbine engine diagnostics, a critical maintenance issue. His studies have identified failure modes that are not checked in modern day test cells. Pettigrew’s methods and test instrumentation have been applied to identify hidden turbine engine problems, resulting in large life cycle cost savings and significant flight safety improvements. Pettigrew has published more than 20 technical papers and holds two patents. Pettigrew is a resident of Forth Worth, Texas.

Jeffrey A. Pike

Pike is senior technical specialist (retired), Occupant Injury/Biomechanics, Environmental & Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. He is being recognized for his visionary airbag and older driver safety research. His field studies, interpretation and reporting of his findings and advocacy, helped bring about regulatory change. The resulting airbag de-powering and other improvements have saved numerous lives and mitigated many injuries. Pike has organized and presented more than 50 multiple-day SAE professional seminars on injuries, anatomy, biomechanics, federal regulation and forensic analysis. His publications include technical papers, book chapters, and principal author of two text books. Additionally, he has two patent disclosures and successfully advocated for a variety of vehicle safety improvements. Pike is a resident of Plymouth, Mich.

Dr. Stefan Pischinger

Pischinger is President/CEO of  FEV Motorentechnik GmbH and director of the Institute for Combustion Engines at Aachen University of Technology (). He is being recognized for sustained and outstanding contribution to combustion and emissions control technology in gasoline spark ignition and diesel engines, exhaust catalytic emissions control, CNG engine development and fuel cell technology.

Additionally, he is being recognized for his outs tanding leadership in international cooperation in research, education and technical society activities. Pischinger has authored or co-authored more than 40 technical publications on diesel, gasoline and alternative fuel engines and has been awarded the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (1988). Pischinger is a resident of Aachen, Germany.


Dr. Mohamad S. Qatu

Qatu is a corporate expert in powertrain noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) at Ford Motor Company.He is being recognized as a top researcher in the areas of automotive NVH, vehicle dynamics, and composite structures. Additionally, he is being recognized for leading an industry-educational effort through teaching, curriculum and program development. Qatu has published 60 technical papers, authored two books and four manuals, and holds three patents on noise suppression. He founded and currently serves as editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, and is a member of the Editorial Board for Composite Structures. Qatu is a resident of Bloomfield, Mich.

Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara

Rajashekara  is a senior technologist at Rolls-Royce Corporation. He is being recognized for his contributions to the advancement of propulsion systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. Additionally, he has significantly contributed to the technology advancement of fuel cell systems for on-board power generation in transportation, particularly using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and hybrid fuel cell systems. Rajashekara has published 20 refereed journal papers, more than 60 conference papers, and holds 20 patents in the areas of power electroni cs , energy conversion, electric, hybrid, fuel cell vehicles, and hybrid power generation systems. He has an additional 10 pending U.S. patents . Rajashekara is a resident of Carmel, Ind.

Dr. Lawrence W. Schneider

Schneider is a research professor and head of the Biosciences Division at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. He is being recognized for his significant contributions in child and adult anthropometry as they relate to restraint system/vehicle interior design, the development of advanced automotive crash dummies, improved crash protection for disabled travelers, research on human biomechanical response and injury tolerance for the development of improved automotive restraint systems, and in-depth investigations of automobile crashes to better understand injury causation and assess the performance of new restraint technologies in the real world.

Schneider has authored or co-authored more than 80 articles in refereed journals and transactions and more than 50 reports . Additionally, he has written three book chapters on transportation safety of disabled children and people who use wheelchairs. Schneider is a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich. 


Dr. James A. Spearot

Spearot is director of the Chemical & Environmental Sciences Lab at General Motors’ Research and Development Center. He is being recognized for his contribution to the fundamental knowledge of engine oil rheology and for his leadership in the development of advanced transportation fuels, lubricants , and environmentally-friendly transportation options. Spearot leads General Motors Corporation’s efforts on hydrogen storage. He has lectured in the U.S., Europe and Asia on the requirements and goals that hydrogen storage must meet, and routes of research that might accomplish those goals. Spearot has authored or co-authored 10 publications on engine oil and has one patent. Spearot is a resident of Bloomfield, Mich.

Dr. Robert H. Wagoner

Wagoner is the George R. Smith Chair and Director of the Center for Advanced Materials & Manufacturing of Automotive Components (CAMMAC) at The Ohio State University. He is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to automotive sheet metal forming, both theoretical and applied, and his leadership in the engineering profession through his co-founding of the NUMISHEET series of international benchmark tests. Wagoner invented the first practical and accurate plane-strain tension test, and developed numerical techniques and finite element programs for analyzing sheet forming operations. Teaming with a consortium of the Big 3 automakers, materials companies, and software developers, Wagoner helped adapt a draw-bend test to provide the first reliable “springback” data applicable to sheet forming practice. Wagoner has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and has received numerous citations, awards and honors. Wagoner is a resident of Powell, Ohio.