Chalgren, Jr. and Barron honored with 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 27, 2005) - Robert Chalgren, Jr. and Lawrence Barron were selected to receive the 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. The award was presented at the Honors Convocation Luncheon during the SAE 2005 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan on April 12, 2005.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941. Eleven papers were selected for this year’s honor; among them is Chalgren and Barron’s paper, "Development and Verification of a Heavy Duty 42/14V Electric Powertrain Cooling System” (2003-01-3416).

Robert Chalgren, Jr.Robert Chalgren, Jr.
Mr. Chalgren is a product development engineer in the Research and Development Department at Engineered Machined Products (EMP), Inc. There he combines a theoretical and hands-on approach to system engineering, and has led the development of several advanced vehicle thermal systems for automotive, commercial, off-highway, and military vehicles. Prior to working for EMP, he was employed by Ford Motor Company from 2000 to 2001, with various assignments in product development, vehicle launch, research, and advanced engineering. He was recognized while at Ford for high mileage customer satisfaction. Chalgren has been a member of SAE since 2000, and holds a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Michigan Technological University.

Lawrence BarronLawrence Barron
Mr. Barron is senior advanced development engineer in Valeo Engine Cooling’s Truck Division, where he is involved in developing new and revised commercial market heat exchangers and systems to satisfy ever-tightening emissions regulations. He has worked on automotive heat exchanger technology since 1964 in product design and development, and has been a key player in many new and innovative product development successes. Barron has authored several industry papers and has been awarded with the distinction of "Valeo Expert," after demonstrating evidence of superior knowledge in the areas of heat exchanger performance and design, and the development of thermal management systems. He currently sits on two SAE Committees: Cooling Systems Standards and Thermal Systems Management. Barron holds an associates degree in applied science from Jamestown Community College.