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SAE International Recognizes Engineers for Automotive Electronics Research

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 2, 2009 - A group of three engineers has been selected as recipients of SAE International's Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Award. They will be presented the award during the SAE 2009 World Congress Awards Ceremony held April 21 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The award, established in 1976, recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to automotive electronics engineering that was presented at an SAE International meeting. The award is funded through the SAE Foundation.

The authors are being recognized for their three-part paper, "Automotive FM Diversity Systems." Part I (2007-01-1731) focuses on a review of propagation channel modeling and multipath fading. Part II (2007-01-1732) deals with analog diversity systems that have been developed to combat the effects of this fading in an FM broadcast signal, and Part III (2007-01-1734) discusses new digital implementations of FM diversity systems that have been designed in DSP algorithms.

This year’s recipients include:  

Raed Shatara

Shatara is a Senior Principal RF Systems Engineer for Raytheon Corporation in Ft. Wayne, Ind.  Previously, he was a Staff Research Engineer in Delphi Corp.’s Electronics and Safety division in Kokomo, Ind., where he designed advanced diversity systems and next-generation receivers. His research interests include mobile communications, receiver design, receiver diversity and signal processing.

Shatara has received one patent and filed eight new disclosures for his work on diversity systems. He has published six papers and has been recognized with Delphi’s “Lead” Award.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and Purdue University, respectively, Shatara received the Delphi fellowship to pursue a doctorate degree from Bundeswehr University in Munich, Germany. He resides in Carmel, Ind.

To schedule an interview with Shatara, please contact Sharon Servos of Raytheon at

Matthew A. Boytim

Boytim designs software-defined radios for electronics-utility metering systems at Sensus in Raleigh, N.C.  Previously, he was a Technical Fellow in the Delphi Electronics and Safety division, where he developed DSP algorithms and architectures for digital and digitized radio applications.

Boytim earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He later earned his master’s from Purdue University and attended Carnegie Mellon University as a General Motors Fellow.

To schedule an interview with Boytim, please contact Ann Borne of Sensus at

Jeffrey J. Marrah

Jeff Marrah is a Senior Manager in the Hardware Design Center for Raytheon Corporation in Fort Wayne, Ind. Previously, he was a Principal Technical Fellow and Director of Advanced Engineering for the Entertainment & Communications business unit at Delphi Corporation’s Electronics & Safety division. He also chaired the Delphi Electronics & Safety’s Technology Council.

While at Delphi, Marrah was awarded 19 patents, one trade secret and one defensive publication. He has published four papers relating to his work in the integrated circuit and communication fields. He was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 1998.

Marrah received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and Purdue University, respectively.

To schedule an interview, contact Sharon Servos at

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