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Martin Receives SAE/Timken Award for Innovation in Transmission and Drivetrain Technology

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 24, 2008 - Berthold Martin of Chrysler LLC is the recipient of the SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award. Martin was honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

This award, established in 2007, recognizes an engineer for significantly contributing to the advancement of transmission and driveline technology.  The award is funded through an endowment from The Timken Company to honor Howard Simpson, an engineer whose planetary gear patents revolutionized automotive transmissions.

Martin is a Senior Manager/Specialist in Advanced Transmission Engineering at Chrysler Powertrain Product Engineering. He has been the architect and principal engineer for the major internal automatic transmission programs at Chrysler for the last 20 years.

During his 38-year career with Chrysler, Martin earned 30 patents. Among those are patents for four-, five-, and six-speed automatic transmissions that have been used in more than 80 percent of Chrysler vehicles. 

Along with his work in planetary automatics, Martin also pioneered Chrysler's internal designs for front-wheel and rear-wheel drive wet and dry dual-clutch automatic transmissions. This effort initiated activities for forming a joint venture to manufacture a high-volume, dual-clutch transaxle for Chrysler vehicles.

For the nine years that Daimler and Chrysler were one company, Martin was the main advanced transmission partner to Mercedes-Benz Research and its Commercial Vehicles Division. He worked on-site in Stuttgart, Germany, where he became known as "Mr. Transmission."

Martin has authored seven technical documents on automatic transmissions. A member of SAE International, he is a past recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award.

Martin holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a master’s in business administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  He resides in Shelby Township, Mich.

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