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Ford Engineers to Receive SAE Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 26, 2007 - Five engineers from Ford Motor Company have been selected to receive SAE International's Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering.  They will be presented with their award during the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 16-19.

This award, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members for their outstanding contributions to the passenger car, truck and bus industries.  This award is funded by the Ford Motor Company to honor Henry Ford II and by the SAE Foundation.  In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

William ClarkeWilliam Clarke
Clarke works for Ford's advanced product creation department as the platform migration supervisor.  Previously, he served as Ford's GT body engineering supervisor.  After the GT was launched, Clarke remained with the program as the plant vehicle team's engineering supervisor to support the production of the vehicle.  Prior to joining the GT team, he was the vehicle engineering supervisor for the Mustang plant vehicle team and a body systems engineer for various truck programs. 

Clarke has co-authored and presented two SAE papers.  He is a 2006 recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award and the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Technical Achievement Award.  Clarke received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and his master's in business administration from the University of Michigan.  He resides in Northville, Mich.

Adrian ElliottAdrian Elliott
Elliott is a group leader in the advanced body construction department at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering Center, where he has worked for 13 years.  His group focuses on the joining and assembling of body structures using advanced high strength steels.  He was also a member of Ford's GT team.  Previously, Elliott was an applications development manager for Dow Chemical, Switzerland.  He also worked in the U.K. at the Advanced Technology Center for the Rover Group after starting his career at a small industrial engineering company.

Elliott co-authored two papers on advanced high strength steels.  He is the 2006 recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award and the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Technical Achievement Award.  Elliott received his bachelor's in biochemistry and master's in polymer and fiber science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K. 

Ramakrishna KogantiRamakrishna Koganti
Koganti is a body engineering technical expert at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering Center.  He has worked at Ford for 11 years with a focus in advanced lightweight materials, manufacturing, and joining processes for body construction.  Currently, he is investigating hydroforming and rollforming technologies for vehicle body structures.  His previous responsibilities include serving as a manufacturing body supervisor for the Ford GT program, and leading several projects on joining lightweight materials.  Prior to joining Ford, Koganti worked in interior and exterior automotive plastics at NYX, Inc., and as a research assistant in the mechanical engineering department at Concordia University.

Koganti has published more than 30 articles and has presented at a number of international conferences, where he also served as session chair.  He has received two patents in the field of vehicle body construction, and has a few patents pending.  In 2006, Ford honored him with the Henry Ford Technology Award and two Research and Technical Achievement Awards. 

A member of SAE International, Koganti is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  In addition to reviewing papers for these organizations, he is also an editorial review board member for the American Society for Quality's Engineering Journal.  

Koganti received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Gulbarga University, India, his master's in mechanical engineering from Concordia University, and his master's in industrial technology from Eastern Michigan University.  He resides in Canton, Mich.

Huibert MeesHuibert Mees
Mees works for Ford's advanced product creation department as a supervisor of vehicle integration.  His current focus is on the future car and truck program.  Previously, he was the chassis systems design supervisor for the Ford GT program and published a document on his research. 

He is the 2006 recipient of the Henry Ford Technology Award and the Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Technical Achievement Award. 

Mees earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Duke University and his master's in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He resides in Plymouth, Mich.

Dr. Matthew ZaluzecDr. Matthew Zaluzec
Zaluzec is the manager of the materials research and advanced engineering department at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering Center.  During his 17-year career at Ford he has held a number of responsibilities, including his most recent role of materials and manufacturing manager for the Ford GT program.  Prior to Ford, he worked as a production engineer at Dow Chemical Company. 

Zaluzec has published, presented and co-authored more than 50 publications and holds 35 U.S. patents in advanced materials and manufacturing processes.  He is the recipient of two Henry Ford Technology Awards. 

A member of SAE International, Zaluzec is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Metals.  He received his bachelor's in metallurgy and his doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois.  He resides in Canton, Mich.