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Evans Receives SAE International Award for Wiring Systems Paper

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 8, 2008 - John Howard Evans, an Engineering Manager at Bentley Motors Ltd., , is a recipient of SAE International's Colwell Merit Award. He was honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit .

The Colwell Merit Award, established in 1965, annually recognizes authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE conference or 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.

Evans is being recognized for authoring the paper, "Electrical Distribution Systems for Carbon Fibre Bodied Vehicles" (SAE paper #2006-01-1664). In the paper, the electrical parameters of carbon fiber are compared and contrasted with the more traditional alternatives, and approaches and solutions are proposed to address the issue of short-circuits through the body structure.

Evans is the former Design Engineering Manager at Leoni Wiring Systems.  Previously, he spent 25 years within the electrical distribution system business at Lucas. Evans began his career with Rolls-Royce in the development of electronic systems for cars. He then moved to Jaguar, where he was responsible for the integration of electronic systems supplied by various manufacturers.

Evans has been a member of numerous standardization groups and committees, including SAE J1850 Multiplexing. During the course of his career, he has authored 13 technical papers and been awarded two patents related to vehicle electrics. Evans is a Fellow grade member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a past member of the Council of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and a member of SAE International.

Evans graduated with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Manchester .

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