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Research Team Receives SAE Award for Paper

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 18, 2008 - A team of six researchers representing the Delphi Corporation, General Motors Corporation and the Shanghai Institute of Technology is the recipient of SAE International's Colwell Merit Award.  The team was honored at the 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

The Colwell Merit Award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE conference or SAE section meeting. The late Arch T. Colwell, who first funded this award, served SAE International in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as President in 1941.

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 recognized for co-authoring, “Passive Sensing of Driver Intoxication” (SAE paper #2006-01-1321).  The paper summarizes research done on a passive sensor used to monitor a driver’s blood alcohol concentration.

David K. Lambert
Lambert is a technical fellow at Delphi Corporation in Shelby Township, Mich., where he works in the Electronics and Safety Division.  He also is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University. His research interests include display technologies, the human-machine interface, automotive sensors, infrared spectroscopy and surface science.

Lambert is the author or co-author of more than 40 technical papers and holds 26 U.S. patents.  His research earned him the John M. Campbell Award from General Motors Corporation in 1988.  A member of SAE International, he is also a member of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society and the Society for Information Display.

Lambert holds a doctorate in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He resides in Sterling Heights, Mich.

For more information on Lambert, please contact Milton Beach at Delphi, milton.beach@delphi.com.

Tie Li
Li is a professor and project manager at the Shanghai Institute of Technology.  His research interests are in microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical sensors.  Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the Delphi Research Laboratories.

Li holds a doctorate degree in condensed matter from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Mark E. Myers
Myers is an analytical chemist at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., where he works as a contract employee.  He has more than 36 years of research experience in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.  Previously, he was a staff research scientist at Delphi Corporation and General Motors.  

Myers is a member of the American Chemical Society.  He holds a master's in polymer science from the University of Akron in Ohio.  He resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Larry Oberdier
Oberdier is a staff research engineer at Delphi Corporation in Shelby Township, Mich., where he works in the Powertrain Systems Division.  Previously, he worked at the General Motors Technical Center and at the Delphi Research Laboratories. 

Oberdier has published several papers in publications for the International Society for Measurement and Control, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and SAE International.  He holds nine U.S. patents.

Oberdier received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Ohio University.  He resides in Royal Oak, Mich.

For more information on Oberdier, please contact Jodi Wissmiller at Delphi, Jodie.I.Wissmiller@delphi.com.

Michel F. Sultan
Sultan is a principal technical fellow and manager at Delphi Corporation in Shelby Township, Mich., where he works in the Electronics and Safety Division.  He has 23 years of experience in the automotive electronics field.  Previously, he was head of the Devices Group and the Communications, Safety, and Energy Department at Delphi.  He also led the Electronic Components Group at the General Motors Technical Center.

Sultan has authored more than 30 publications and holds more than 20 patents in the fields of safety, electromagnetics, optics, acoustics and sensors. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame.

Sultan received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He resides in Troy, Mich.

For more information on Sultan, please contact Milton Beach at Delphi, milton.beach@delphi.com.

Christopher M. Thrush
Thrush is a staff scientist at Delphi Corporation in Shelby Township, Mich., where he works in the Powertrain Systems Division.  He has conducted research on compound semiconductors and their applications for 30 years.  During his career, he has published 47 refereed papers and earned five U.S. patents. 

Thrush received a bachelor’s in physics from Oakland University. He resides in Shelby Township, Mich.

For more information on Thrush, please contact Jodi Wissmiller at Delphi, Jodie.I.Wissmiller@delphi.com.

For more information about SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Award, please contact pr@sae.org.

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