Engineers from NHTSA and TRC Inc. honored with 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 27, 2005) -Garrick J. Forkenbrock, Dr. W. Riley Garrott, Mark Heitz and Bryan C. O' Harra 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 the paper authored by the team listed above: "An Experimental Examination of J-Turn and Fishhook Maneuvers That May Induce On-Road, Untripped, Light Vehicle Rollover” (2003-01-1008).

Garrick J. ForkenbrockGarrick J. Forkenbrock
Mr. Forkenbrock is a project engineer at NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC), where he has supported activities in the Agency’s Vehicle Stability and Control Division since 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he performed light vehicle rollover and ABS tests under contract at the Transportation Research Center, Inc. In late 2000, he joined NHTSA, where he has managed and directed a variety of light and heavy vehicle research programs. Mr. Forkenbrock’s research interests include light vehicle rollover propensity, yaw and roll stability control systems, ABS, and heavy vehicle braking with a particular emphasis on the development of test maneuvers and evaluation criteria. He has written many papers relating to untripped dynamic rollover propensity and has received the SAE Engineering Meetings Board Outstanding Oral Award. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa in 1996.

Dr. W Riley Garrott
Dr. Garrott has been the Chief of the Vehicle Stability and Control Division at NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Test Center in East Liberty, Ohio since 1993. During his tenure with NHTSA, Garrott has been heavily involved in light vehicle rollover, tire research, light vehicle ABS, heavy vehicle braking, intelligent transportation systems, and driver distraction research activities. He performed postgraduate work at the University of Michigan and worked for Ford Motor Company before joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1980. Garrott received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Tufts University in 1972, and Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology in 1977.

Mark Heitz
Mr. Heitz is a research engineer in the Contract Services group of Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) He supports crash avoidance vehicle dynamics research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Research and Test Center. Prior to joining Contract Services, he was a project engineer in TRC Inc.’s Dynamics and

Durability group, where he supported dynamics and durability test projects for TRC Inc.’s worldwide customer base. Heitz is an organizer and chairperson for the annual SAE World Congress Vehicle Dynamics and Simulation technical session.
He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, and is registered as a professional engineer with the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.

Bryan C. O' Harra
Mr. O’Harra is a research engineer at NHTSA’s Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) working under contract at the Transportation Research Center since 2000. From 2000 to 2001, he performed heavy truck research, and in 2001 he began light vehicle rollover propensity and electronic stability control testing. He has written several papers relating to untripped dynamic rollover propensity maneuvers and test surfaces. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1997, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1999.