Dr. Ben X. Ni and John M. Pieprzak Collaborate on Award-Winning SAE Paper on Automotive Lubricants

Warrendale, PA (August 8, 2005) - A two-man engineering team from Ford Motor Company wrote a technical paper that has earned the 2004 SAE Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants. Dr. Ben X. Ni and John M. Pierzak will be presented with the award on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 during the 2005 Powertrain & Fluid Systems Conference & Exhibition at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
This award, established in 1986, annually recognizes the authors of the best paper relating to the adaptation of lubricants and lubricated automotive systems or components presented at a Society meeting. The paper selected this year is entitled "Transportation and Transformation of Air Bubbles in Aerated Oil through an Engine Lubrication System" (SAE Paper # 2004-01-2915).

The authors are:
Dr. Ben X. Ni Dr. Ben X. Ni - Ford Motor Company
Dr. Ni is a technical expert in Ford's V-engine Engineering Department where he performs engine lubrication system and bearing analysis. His previous experience includes rolling bearing product development and engine bearing seizure failure studies. Ni holds a bachelor's degree in power machinery engineering and a master's in mechanical engineering, both from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.

John M. Pieprzak - Ford Motor Company
Pieprzak is a technical specialist at Ford, working in the V-Engine lubrication area for the last 15 years. Before joining V-Engine, he worked for 13 years at Ford Research on valvetrain friction modeling and ceramic material research. Pieprzak has authored five SAE technical papers. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.