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Ryan Nominated as 2008 SAE International President

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 1, 2007 - SAE International's Annual Nominating Committee named Thomas W. Ryan III, Ph.D., as its candidate for 2008 SAE President.

Ryan is Institute Engineer at the Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division for Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He manages an industry consortium and a consulting service operated by SwRI for global engine and component manufacturers. He has managed projects for engine original equipment manufacturers, fuels and lubricants companies, and agencies of the U.S. government.

With a bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Ryan additionally holds master's and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Ryan’s history of service with SAE International is extensive:

  • He began as a student member, presenting his first paper at the SAE 1974 World Congress. 
  • Later, he assisted in revitalizing the South Texas Section, serving as Local Chair of the Fall Fuels and Lubricants meetings in 1996 and 2001, and as Section Chair from 2001-2002. 
  • In the Fuels and Lubricant Activity, he served as Vice Chair for Combustion and as Chair of the Activity from 1998-2000.

While currently serving on the SAE Board of Directors, Ryan formerly was part of the Membership Benefits Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Horning Award Committee, the Fellows Committee, and the Springer Award Committee.

Ryan, a resident of San Antonio, Texas, will take office in January 2008. 

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