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BorgWarner Scientists Receive SAE Award for Automotive Lubricant Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 2, 2007 - A team of three scientists from the BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center at Auburn Hills, Mich., are recipients of SAE International's Award for Automotive Lubricant Research. They were presented the award during the SAE Powertrain & Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition in Rosemont, Ill., Oct. 29-31.

The award, established in 1986, annually recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to the adaptation of lubricants and lubricated automotive systems or components.

This award is funded through 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.

The following recipients are being honored for co-authoring the paper, "Glaze Analysis of Friction Plates" (SAE paper # 2006-01-3244).

Brian Ciupak Brian Ciupak
Ciupak is a research chemist in the Friction Technology Group of BorgWarner's Transmission Systems division, where he is responsible for developing friction materials and analyzing their structure. Prior to joining BorgWarner, he worked in the areas of automotive polymers and analytical chemistry.

Ciupak received a Dow research grant in 1996 for his research on supported metal catalysts. He is a member of the United States Hang Gliding Association.

Ciupak holds a master's in chemistry from Michigan Technological University. He resides in Flint, Mich.


Timothy Newcomb Timothy Newcomb
Newcomb is the manager of Friction Materials Research and Development in the Friction Technology Group at BorgWarner, where he is responsible for developing new friction materials for automotive transmissions. Previously, Newcomb worked in the petroleum additive industry, where he focused on additive components designed for automatic transmission fluids.

A member of SAE International, Newcomb is also a member of the American Chemical Society.

Newcomb holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Northwestern University. He resides in Rochester Hills, Mich.


Mark Sparrow Mark Sparrow
Sparrow is an analytical chemist in the Transmission Systems division at BorgWarner, where he is responsible for analyzing new friction products in support of research and development efforts. Prior to joining BorgWarner, Sparrow worked on new method development for polymer analysis and characterization of pressure sensitive adhesive formulations.

A member of SAE International, Sparrow is also a member of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy.

Sparrow holds a master's in analytical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Howell, Mich.


For more information on the recipients, please contact Dave Peterson at BorgWarner, dpeterson@borgwarner.com.

For more information on SAE International's Award for Automotive Lubricant Research, please contact pr@sae.org.