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NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center Team Receives SAE Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 6, 2008 - Automotive researchers from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center are recipients 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 the authors of outstanding papers presented at an SAE conference or SAE 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 recipients are recognized for co-authoring, “Measurement and Modeling of Tire Forces on a Low Coefficient Surface” (SAE paper #2006-01-0559).  The paper describes the process of modeling low-coefficient tire forces on the National Advanced Driving Simulator to improve the accuracy of advanced vehicle technology studies.

Mohamed Kamel Salaani
Salaani is a research scientist at Transportation Research Center, Inc., in East Liberty, Ohio , where he is on assignment for NHTSA.  He has been involved with the development of the National Advanced Driving Simulator since 1994, working on the simulator’s system engineering design. 

Salaani has more than 40 technical articles and reports in vehicle dynamics and tire mechanics to his credit. A member of SAE International, he has organized several vehicle dynamics sessions at the SAE World Congress. He is also a member of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and The Tire Society.

Salaani holds bachelor's, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. He resides in Dublin, Ohio.

For more information on Salaani, please contact Jeffery Sprague of Transportation Research Center, Inc., at SpraguJ@trcpg.com.

Gary Heydinger
Heydinger is the director of the Vehicle Dynamics Division at SEA, Ltd., in Columbus, Ohio , and an adjunct professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at The Ohio State University.  During the past 20 years, his work has focused on the areas of vehicle handling dynamics, vehicle dynamics computer simulation, and safety. Heydinger has worked extensively with NHTSA on the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the New Car Assessment Program.  He also worked for the Transportation Research Center.

Heydinger has authored more than 80 technical papers.  A member of SAE International, he has received the SAE Oral Presentation and Myers Awards and has organized sessions for the SAE World Congress. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Allied Weight Engineers.  He is a certified Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio.

Heydinger holds bachelor's, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio .

For more information on Heydinger, please contact Andy Minister of SEA, Ltd., at aminister@sealimited.com.

Paul Grygier
Grygier is a project engineer for NHTSA’s Vehicle Stability and Control Division in East Liberty, Ohio, where he manages projects in light vehicle testing and vehicle dynamics modeling.  He also has been involved in vehicle model development for the National Advanced Driving Simulator. During his 28-year-career NHTSA, he has worked on a number of vehicle handling and tire testing programs.

Grygier has published several technical papers in his areas of research. He is a member of SAE International, the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Grygier holds a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Dayton . He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University. Grygier resides in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

For more information on Grygier, please contact Rae Tyson at the Department of Transportation, Rae.Tyson@dot.gov.

For more information about SAE International’s Arch T. Colwell Award, please contact pr@sae.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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