Delphi Researchers honored with 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 27, 2005) -Dr. Ather A. Quader, Dr. John E. Kirwan and M. James Grieve have been 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 the paper authored by the team listed above: "Engine Performance and Emissions Near the Dilute Limit with Hydrogen Enrichment Using an On-Board Reforming Strategy” (2003-01-1356).

Dr. Ather A. QuaderDr. Ather A. Quader
Dr. Quader is currently a consultant in the Dynamic Propulsion and Innovation Center of Delphi. Prior to joining Delphi, he was a principal research engineer in the former Fuels and Lubricants Department at General Motors Research and Development Center, where he conducted research on fuels, combustion and emissions in automotive engines. Quader has done pioneering work on fuel effects on exhaust emissions and has published a number of significant papers on lean combustion, stratified charge, and exhaust emissions from spark ignition engines. He is a past recipient of several Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) awards including the 1974 Horning Memorial Award, the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (1976, 1982 and 1992) and SAE’s Distinguished Speaker Award (1990). In 1985, he was selected by SAE as one of the Teetor Industrial Lecturers. In 1992, he received the best paper award at the Subzero Engineering Conditions Conference. His more recent work has been in the development and implementation of on-board fuel reformers for internal combustion engines. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, and was elected a fellow of SAE in 1993. Quader earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University (India) and his doctorate in the same field from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. John E. Kirwan
Dr. Kirwan is a staff research engineer at Delphi Research Laboratories and serves as technical leader for core reformer development programs at Delphi. He has spent his career in both academic and industrial research environments developing expertise in the areas of advanced fuel spray and combustion diagnostics, fuel volatility and transport modeling, cold starting and emissions using gasoline, methanol and hydrogen fuels, and on-board reformer system development. He holds 7 patents and has authored over 20 publications in these areas, including several recent publications on gasoline reforming. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS). He received both his bachelor’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

M. James Grieve
Mr. Grieve is chief scientist at Delphi Corporation's Propulsion and Fuel Cells Center in Rochester, NY. He has a systems focus, working in the areas of super low emissions Engine Management Systems (EMS) for gasoline and diesel engines, and in fuel reformer and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems. Grieve has published a number of papers in the area of evaporative emission controls, fuel reformer enhanced EMS and SOFC systems. He holds 14 granted and a number of pending patents. Grieve has received a "Boss Kettering" award (an internal GM/Delphi award for innovation) and is a member of Delphi's Innovation Hall of Fame. A long-time member of SAE and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Grieve is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from Queen's University (Kingston, Canada) and a master’s in Business Administration from IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain).