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Automotive Engineers Receive SAE Award for Outstanding Service to Technical Committees

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 31, 2008 - Six automotive engineers have been selected to receive SAE International's Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award. Selected by the Motor Vehicle Council for their contributions to motor vehicle standards development, they were honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

The Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award, established in 1953, recognizes individuals for outstanding service on SAE International's technical committees.

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 individuals are being honored for their contributions to the Motor Vehicle Council.


Paul Henderson
Henderson is the principal consultant and lead auditor for Templin Quality Systems.  In this role, he provides consulting services for the engine and diesel fuel systems industry and quality systems industry.  He also leads auditing services for stakeholders.  Previously, he had a 30-year career in diesel engine and fuel systems technology with Allis-Chalmers and Stanadyne Automotive Corporation.

Henderson is a 20-year chair of the SAE Diesel Fuel Injection Equipment Standards Committee. During his tenure with this committee, he directed the development of seven international standards and contributed to the development and/or revision of 47 standards. He also serves as the U.S. delegate to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC22/SC7 committee and organizes three ISO working groups, including the joint working group on diesel fuel lubricity. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on diesel fuel injection equipment product standards.

Henderson was the inaugural chairman of the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission and was instrumental in developing BQ-9000, the quality management system standard for the biodiesel industry. A member of SAE International, he is also a member of the American Society for Quality Control and the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Henderson holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Chicago Technical College, a master's in business administration from the University of Hartford and a doctorate in quality management systems from LaSalle University.  He resides in Lake Orion, Mich.

Joseph Jaklic
Jaklic is a principal engineer and technical liaison for Osram Sylvania, where he works on lighting issues for lamp and vehicle manufacturers. He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive lighting field. Previously, he worked with a Tier 1 lamp manufacturer, managing several advanced lighting technology development projects.

A member of SAE International’s Electronics/Lighting Committee, Jaklic has led and participated in the development of standards for new lighting technology. He has been involved with SAE technical standards for 17 years and has sponsored five standards. He participates in four subcommittees and chairs the editorial committee responsible for all lighting standards and the publication of SAE HS-34, or the "Ground Vehicle Lighting Standards Manual."

Jaklic has contributed to several industry publications and was recognized with the Advanced Technology Engineering Award from the Guide Corporation.

Jaklic holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He resides in Milford, Mich.

For more information on Jaklic, please contact Anne Guertin at Sylvania,

Bruce McDonald
McDonald is a principal scientist in the Technical Services Group at the Donaldson Company, Inc., where he is responsible for air filter test method development and standards. He has more than 38 years of industry experience.

McDonald is the author or co-author of nine technical publications. A member of SAE International, he is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology and AFSS.

McDonald holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, where he also has completed graduate courses in fluid mechanics. He resides in Shakopee, Minn.

For more information on McDonald, please contact Becky Cahn at Donaldson,

Neil Mitchell
Mitchell is a senior design engineer at General Motors Corporation with a focus on human factors and vehicle packaging. In his 20-year career with General Motors, he has worked in the company’s Lansing Automotive Division, Combined Luxury Car Division, Saturn Engineering Program and GM Performance Division.

Mitchell serves as a U.S. technical expert to the International Organization for Standardization Subcommittee SC6. Through the international task force that he chairs, he has harmonized more than 100 industry metrics. A member of SAE International, he also chairs the SAE J1100 task force and works with representatives from the Global Car Manufacturers Information Exchange group to further standardize vehicle dimensioning procedures.

Mitchell has received several awards, including the UAW/GM People Make Quality Happen Award, the GM Value-Added Award and the SAE Outstanding Contribution Award.

Mitchell holds a certificate in design engineering from Michigan Technological University. He resides in Detroit.

For more information on Mitchell, please contact Phil Colley at General Motors,

Mark Riefe
Riefe is a senior project engineer in brake development at General Motors Corporation’s Milford Proving Ground. His work focuses on the areas of brake NVH, thermal testing/modeling and metrology.

Riefe is the co-author of five technical publications and holds a number of pending patents.  As a member of SAE International, he is active in the ACA Brake Committee and serves as its interim chair.  He also serves on the Brake NVH Technical Standards Committee and leads and participates in the development of brake NVH standards. 

Riefe holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s in engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in Michigan.  He resides in Brighton, Mich.

Jesse Schneider
Schneider is the Fuel Cell Vehicle Systems Manager within Advanced Vehicle Engineering at Chrysler LLC. His department is responsible for fuel cell vehicle systems, as well as compressed hydrogen storage systems testing and infrastructure.

During his 10-year career with Chrysler, he served as the senior engineer for DaimlerChrysler's fuel cell project within the California Fuel Cell Partnership.  In this role, he led engineering changes on four generations of Mercedes hybrid fuel cell vehicles and organized the first cross-country trip with a zero-emission vehicle.  He also spearheaded industry-first documents on vehicle safety and hydrogen fuel specification and testing.  Also at DaimlerChrysler, Schneider managed hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle safety within the U.S. Department of Energy.  Previously, Schneider worked for the automotive supplier industry in Germany at ZF Transmissions and Arvin-Zeuna Stärker.

Schneider is the author or co-author of several technical papers and standards on fuel cell technology. As chair of SAE International committees J2799 and J2601 for hydrogen vehicle fueling components, he works with an international team of automakers and energy companies.  He also has chaired technical committees for the U.S. Fuel Cell Council and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen C&S Technology team.  A member of SAE International, he is also a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and the CSA.

Schneider holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He resides in Rochester Hills, Mich.

For more information on Schneider, please contact Nick Cappa at Chrysler,

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