Automotive Lighting Authority Selected to Receive 2005 SAE Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal

Jeffrey ErionWarrendale, PA (September 12, 2005) - Jeffrey Erion, an automotive lighting consultant with more than 35 years of industry experience, has been named as the recipient of the 2005 SAE Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal. The award will be presented during the Honors Convocation luncheon at the SAE 2006 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, April 3-7.

This award, established in 1976, recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions over a period of time to the work of the technical committees under the SAE Technical Standards Board in developing standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The award acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive contributions of the late Arch T. Colwell, who served as SAE President in 1941, and symbolized the dedication and devotion of SAE members who work to further the objectives of the SAE Technical Standards Program.

Erion is being recognized for his numerous and significant contributions to SAE and the automotive industry. He has been an SAE member and major contributor to the development of vehicle lighting and lighting standards for over twenty years. Today's headlamp styling, employing replaceable bulb and/or HID sources, would not be possible if it were not for his foresight and perseverance. His vision and actions were the catalyst for current vehicle lighting, in terms of both design and performance.

Erion spent 25 years of his career involved in design and engineering directly related to vehicle lighting. His career began at Ford Motor Company and continued with Visteon Corporation, where he directed the Advanced Lighting Department. Early in his Ford career, he managed the design and development of the first replaceable bulb (ANSI 9004) and replaceable bulb headlamp systems for Ford's' U.S. vehicle platforms, introducing this technology to the United States. In 1984, Erion received the Ford Motor Technology Award for his leadership in developing the first composite aerodynamic headlamp system for the Lincoln Mark VII. He has received numerous other awards for his engineering accomplishments and holds 14 patents.

Erion is a past chairman of the SAE Lighting Committee, chairman of the LED Front Lighting Task Force and has chaired many of the subcommittees of the Lighting Committee over the years. He has served as chairman of the AAMA Lighting and Visibility Task Group, and participates regularly in both the European industry lighting meetings and the European regulatory meetings promoting harmonization of lighting standards. He is also active with the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council; a consortium of the major vehicle lighting companies in North America that has been established to insure that accurate vehicle lighting information is presented to the public.

Erion joined the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Industry Affiliation Program on Vehicle and Traffic Lighting in 1996, and supports research needs common to the vehicle and motorway industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in production technology from Oregon State University.