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Engineering Professionals Receive SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 22, 2008 - Thirteen engineers and academics are recipients of SAE International's Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award. They were honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress.

The award, established in 1984, recognizes individuals who are three-time or more recipients of the SAE Oral Presentation Award. It honors the late Lloyd L. Withrow, former head of General Motors Research Laboratories Fuels and Lubricants, and a noted speaker at many SAE meetings.

The Withrow 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 recipients are:  


Kevin Cooper
Cooper is President of CooperAero, Ltd., in Ottawa, Ontario . He retired from the National Research Council (NRC) of , where he was involved with aerodynamics research for both aerospace and automotive applications.  During his tenure at NRC, he managed the General Aerodynamics group and wind tunnels in the Aerodynamics Laboratory.

Cooper has published 94 refereed papers, 23 of which were SAE publications, including an automotive aerodynamics paper that earned the SAE Cowell Merit Award. He also has published 84 internal NRC reports and 11 magazine articles. He was Editor of two SAE publications on wind tunnels and participated in an SAE/Department of Transportation (DOT) voluntary fuel economy study.

Cooper has been honored with a United States Presidential Citation for his work with the SAE/DOT truck and bus program. He also received the President's Medal of the Roads and Transportation Association of Canada, and earned the title of Researcher Emeritus at NRC. He is a member of SAE International.

Cooper holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Western Ontario , one in general arts and one in honors physics. He also holds a master's degree in subsonic aerodynamics from the University of Toronto 's Institute for Aerospace Studies. He resides in Ottawa, Ontario .

Hans-Elias De Bree
De Bree is a professor in the vehicle acoustics department at the Arnhem School of Automotive Engineering. He is also co-founder of Microflown Technologies and inventor of the Microflown, a sensitive MEMS-based acoustic particle velocity sensor.  In addition, he is an independent expert on aeroacoustics for the European Commission and a consultant for the Dutch Police.

De Bree holds his master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Twente , Enschede in the .  He resides in Dieren, the .

Paul Donavan
Donavan is a senior consultant at the acoustics and air quality consulting firm of Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc. Since 2001, the majority of his research work has been concerned with the effects of pavement on tire noise and overall exterior vehicle noise emission. Previously, Donavan worked for 22 years at General Motors Corporation. Donavan also has worked on noise projects for the U.S. National Bureau of Standards and Wyle Laboratories under contracts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Donavan pioneered the use of on-board sound intensity measurement of tire noise for assessing the natural performance of pavements.  He has applied this technology in his work for state transportation agencies and national programs. His consulting work has contributed significantly to quiet pavement research efforts for the states of California and Arizona .

Donavan has written more than 40 technical papers on pavement on tire noise and exterior vehicle noise. He is the recipient of three SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Awards and sits on the SAE Noise & Vibration Committee. He is also a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering , the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering and the Acoustical Society of America.

Donavan holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley , and master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He resides in Petaluma, Calif.

For more information on Donavan, please contact Lynn Archer at Illingworth Rodkin,

Markus Egelhaaf
Egelhaaf is a project engineer at DEKRA Accident Research in Stuttgart, .  His research interests include pedestrian protection, motor coach safety, vehicle fire protection, rescue and extrication methods, and rescue personnel training.

Egelhaaf has published technical papers on pedestrian protection, vehicle fires, crash safety of alternative propulsion vehicles, and light goods vehicles. He is a member of the Stuttgart Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Egelhaaf holds a degree in safety engineering from the University of Wuppertal . He also has been trained as a legal expert in accident reconstruction.  He resides in Stuttgart, .

For more information about Egelhaaf, contact Stephan Heigl,

Clay Gabler
Gabler is an associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Virginia Technological University . He is also the assistant head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and a member of the Center of Injury Biomechanics . Previously, he served as a research program manager at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gabler has published more than 70 technical papers, including papers on vehicle crashworthiness, injury biomechanics, roadside safety, crash epidemiology, crash modeling and crash compatibility. He is a recipient of the SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Award, the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award, a Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship, Princeton ’s Luigi Crocco Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gabler holds his doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University . He resides in Blacksburg, Va.

For more information on Gabler, please contact Lynn Nystrom of Virginia Tech at

Richard Hanowski
Hanowski is the director of the Center for Truck & Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. His research focuses on transportation human factors for heavy and light vehicles, laboratory and field testing, real-time automobile and heavy vehicle simulation, advanced system development and testing, design guideline development and human performance evaluation.

Hanowski has authored more than 100 publications. including journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and technical reports. He received his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. 

For more information on Hanowski, please contact Sherri Box at Virginia Tech,

Mark Musculus
Musculus is a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked since 1999. His research interests are in laser/optical diagnostics of low-temperature combustion in heavy-duty diesel engines.

Musculus has authored several technical publications. He holds doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin , Madison .  He resides in Livermore, Calif.

For more information on Musculus, please contact Cherissa Puchta of Sandia at

Gursaran Mathur
Mathur is a manager of testing and development at CalsonicKansei North America.

Mathur has published more than 80 technical papers for journals, including ones for SAE International and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He also has edited seven books and has written more than 150 confidential corporate reports.

Mathur is the recipient of numerous awards, including the SAE Best Oral Paper Award, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and a Chancellor’s Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a past chairman of the SAE Thermal Systems Management Technical Committee, and a Fellow of SAE International, ASHRAE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Mathur holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology at Punjabi University in Patiala, . 

Charles Moritz
Moritz is an acoustics engineering manager for Blachford, Inc. Prior to joining Blachford, he worked for a consulting firm on environmental, industrial and architectural noise and vibration control projects.

A member of SAE International since 1997, he is the vice-chair of the Acoustical Materials committee. He holds a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a bachelor’s in music from the University of Cincinnati , and a master’s in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University .  He resides in Saint Charles, Ill.

Matt Parkinson
Parkinson teaches and conducts research in engineering design at Pennsylvania State University . With a focus on designing for human variability, his research efforts are currently sponsored by industrial partners and the National Science Foundation.

Parkinson is a member of SAE International and organizes sessions for the SAE Digital Human Modeling Conference. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has published more than 25 conference and journal articles on a variety of topics, and is a recipient of the ASME Design Automation Committee's Ford Best Paper Award and the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award.

Parkinson holds two degrees from the University of Michigan , a master’s in industrial and operations engineering and a doctorate in biomedical engineering. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University .  He resides in State College, Pa.

Joseph Stout
Stout is the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) technical leader for V Engine Engineering at Ford Motor Company.  Stout has been at Ford for 21 years. Previously, he worked at General Motors, Chrysler, General Dynamics and FMC.

A member of SAE International, Stout has authored nine technical papers.  He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Oakland University . 

David Viano
Viano is a consultant to the National Football League on the understanding and prevention of concussions.  He consults through his company, ProBiomechanics, LLC.  He is also an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University , where he directs the Sport Biomechanics Laboratory.  Previously, he was a principal scientist at General Motors Corporation. 

Viano is a specialist in injury biomechanics and impact protection in automotive crashes, sport impacts and defense/law-enforcement actions. He has published more than 300 papers on injury biomechanics and impact protection. He holds more than a dozen patents, most notably the first commercial active head restraint system to prevent whiplash and the high retention seat for rear impact safety. Viano is the author of Role of the Seat in Rear Crash Safety, a book published by SAE, and Editor-in-Chief of Traffic Injury Prevention.

A Fellow of SAE International, Viano is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. He served on the National Academy of Science committee that wrote Injury in America, and received the Award of Engineering Excellence from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He serves on the Board of Directors for several scientific, medical and charitable organizations.

Viano holds his doctorate in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology and his medical degree from the Karolinska Institute and Medical University , Stockholm, .  He resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Gary Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi is a senior managing engineer in the biomechanics practice of Exponent Failure Analysis Associates. In this role, he analyzes traumatic injuries associated with transportation, the workplace, falling, sports and recreation, consumer products and products designed for persons with disabilities.

Yamaguchi is also an associate research professor in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering at Arizona State University , a member of the Bioengineering Advisory Committee at the University of Kansas and a member of the Biomechanics Scientific Advisory Board of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif. At these institutions, his research activities include the development of three-dimensional human musculoskeletal models for the analysis and prediction of human movements.

Yamaguchi has published numerous technical articles, as well as the book Dynamic Modeling of Musculoskeletal Motion – A Vectorized Approach for Biomechanical Analysis in Three Dimensions, published by Springer, New York .

Yamaguchi has received numerous awards, including the SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award, the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the ASU Teaching Excellence Award and the American Automatic Control Council's O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper in Conference Award.  He is a member of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Yamaguchi holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Stanford University , a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in physics from Occidental College .  He resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

For more information about Yamaguchi, please contact Angela Meyer at Exponent,

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