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Scientists Receive SAE International Award for Friction Plate Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 28, 2008 - A team of chemists from BorgWarner in Auburn Hills, Mich., and R.J. Lee in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a recipient of SAE International's Colwell Merit Award. They were 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.

The following authors are being recognized for co-authoring the paper, "Glaze Analysis of Friction Plates" (SAE paper #2006-01-3244). In this paper, a methodology is presented to evaluate friction material plates such that the nature of the damage is well understood. Some of the techniques described use advanced analytical equipment to provide direct information regarding the chemical nature of the glaze.

Brian Ciupak
Ciupak is a research chemist in the BorgWarner Transmission Systems' Tribology Group. 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 work on supported metal catalysts.

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

Timothy Newcomb
Newcomb is Manager of Friction Materials Development and Analysis in the Advanced Product and Engineering Group at BorgWarner, where he is responsible for developing new friction materials for automotive transmissions. Previously, he 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.

For more information on Ciupak and Newcomb, please contact David Peterson of BorgWarner at

Mark Sparrow
Sparrow is an analytical chemist at R.J. Lee in Pittsburgh, Pa.   He is a former analytical chemist in the Transmission Systems division at BorgWarner, where he was 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 Pittsburgh, Pa.

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