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Goddard Delivers SAE International Buckendale Lecture at Commercial Vehicle Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 23, 2009 - Peter L. Goddard of P.L. Goddard and Associates Inc. in Troy, Mich., was selected to present SAE International's L. Ray Buckendale Lecture at the SAE 2008 Commercial Vehicle Congress & Exhibition.

The lecture, established in 1953, deals with automotive vehicles for on- or off-road operation in commercial or military service. It honors the memory of L. Ray Buckendale, 1946 SAE President, who had a strong desire to develop the potential abilities in young people. In his honor, the lecture is directed primarily to the needs of young engineers and students.

The 2008 L. Ray Buckendale Lecture was funded through contributions to the SAE Foundation from the following corporate sponsors: ArvinMeritor, Inc., Cummins Inc., Dana Corp., Eaton Corp. and TRW Automotive.

Goddard’s lecture was based upon the paper “System Safety Applied to Vehicle Design” (2008-01-2680), which discusses system safety as an applied methodology that, when incorporated into the design effort for vehicle components, feeds back to the design team an ongoing assessment of the relative risks of potential design alternatives.  

Goddard has more than 30 years’ experience as a safety and reliability engineer, having previously served as a Senior Scientist for Hughes Aircraft, where he was the lead safety engineer on the national MAGLEV initiative system design concept study and the U.S. Automated Highway System concept development study. Following retirement from Hughes Aircraft, he was Senior Technical Staff Engineer and North American Safety Manager for five years for TRW Automotive and currently operates a small consulting firm specializing in the safety of embedded control systems for transportation use.

A member of SAE International, Goddard has published 10 technical papers, two major government-funded research studies, and one book in the safety and reliability engineering disciplines.

Goddard earned a bachelor's in mathematics from Laverne University in Laverne, Calif., and a master’s in computer science from West Coast University in Los Angeles. He is an ASQ-certified reliability engineer and resides in Troy, Mich.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.