Michael J. Royce Receives 2005 SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award

Michael J. RoyceWarrendale, PA (June 29, 2005) - Michael J. Royce was selected to receive the 2005 Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) Excellence in Engineering Education (EEE) Award. Royce was presented with the award on April 12, 2005 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, given annually, recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Engineering Education Board (EEB). The award is given for any of the following types of service: promotion of SAE student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design Series competitions, and promotion of educational-related activities at any level.

Royce, recently retired from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation, is now working as a consultant with Albion Associates LLC. In close to 41 years within the Chrysler family, he held a number of management positions, including assignments in the following departments: Truck Engineering, Product Planning, Engine Development and Powertrain Program Management. Between 1992 and 1994, he was the Technical Director at Lamborghini Engineering in Italy, managing the Chrysler-Lamborghini Formula 1 engine program. His last assignment at DaimlerChrysler was that of Senior Manager, Advanced Engine Technologies.

Royce's interest in mentoring engineers started many years ago. He has been actively involved in Formula SAE since 1986, has been a member of the Formula SAE Rules Committee since 1996, currently serving as its chairman. He has officiated at all the Formula Student (UK) and Formula SAE-Australasia competitions. From 2000 to 2004, he was one of two DaimlerChrysler members serving on the Formula SAE Consortium. He also currently chairs SAE's University Programs Committee.

Royce's interest in engineering education has not only involved FSAE, but in 1999 he was a founding member of the DaimlerChrysler Automotive Engineers Program, and was on the organizing committee of this program until his retirement.

Royce has been an active member of SAE since 1965 and has served on the organizing committee of all five of the Society's Motorsport Engineering Conferences.

Royce received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, England. He also holds a master's degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering and in management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.