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SAE International Announces 2008-2009 Class of SAE Fellows

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 5, 2009 - Twenty-seven engineers and scientists from industry and academia now have the prestigious SAE International status of "SAE Fellow" Each will receive the award during the SAE 2009 World Congress Awards Ceremony in Detroit, April 21.

SAE Fellowship status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle technology. The program, established in 1975, recognizes an average of 20 worldwide recipients for this honor each year.

The 2008-2009 recipients, listed in alphabetical order, include:

  • Randall J. Allemang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, University of Cincinnati’s Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory
  • Carlos Berto Buechler, retiree of General Motors of Brasil
  • Wendy Clark, Program Manager and Principal Engineer, Fuels Performance Group, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Jan Czerwinski, Professor of Thermodynamics and Internal-combustion Engines, Berne University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • Michael C. Drake, Staff Research Scientist, General Motors Research & Development Center
  • H. Clay Gabler, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech University
  • Albert R. George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • David Gorsich, Chief Scientist, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center
  • Dennis A. Guenther, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Mazen Hammoud, Powertrain Calibration Manager, Ford Motor Co.
  • David L. Harrington, retiree of General Motors Research and Development
  • Adish Jain, Director of Global Product Development, Danaher Corp.
  • Jianzhong Jiao, Director, Regulations and Emerging Technologies, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc.
  • Richard W. Kent, Associate Professor, University of Virginia
  • Magdi Khair, Institute Engineer, Southwest Research Institute
  • Joseph E. Kubsh, Executive Director, Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association
  • P.A. Lakshminarayanan, Head of Engines R&D, Ashok Leyland, India
  • Alfred Leipertz, Professor, University of Erlangen-Nuremburg, Germany
  • Roy H. Link, President and CEO, Link Engineering Co.
  • Nobuo Okubo, former Senior Advisor to the Board, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Bruce E. Peterman, Vice President of Operations, Cessna Aircraft Co.
  • Ozires Silva, President, Embraer, and Dean, Santa Amaro University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Robert A. Smithson, Vice President of Product Development, Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.
  • Cornel C. Stan, Professor, West Saxon University, Germany
  • Charles K. Westbrook, Senior Chemist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Ronald E. York, former Vice President, Special Projects, Rolls-Royce Defense North America
  • Joseph F. Ziomek, President, JFZ and Associates 


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.

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