Thomas E. Kenney Honored with SAE International's Excellence in Engineering Education Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 21, 2011 - Thomas E. Kenney, who retired from Ford Motor Company after a career in Advanced Engine Engineering and Powertrain Research, was honored with SAE International’s Excellence in Engineering Education Award during the SAE 2011 World Congress.

This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual toward activities related to the SAE Education Board, including the promotion of SAE student activities at the international or local levels, contributions that advance engineering education, contributions in support of the SAE Collegiate Design competitions, and the promotion of educational related activities at any level.

Dr. Kenney became involved with engineering education in 1986 when he accepted a position at Northeastern University. Upon returning to Ford, he was recruited to serve as an American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) ABET program evaluator. In 1996, he joined the SAE ABET Relations Committee and was later selected as the SAE International representative to the ABET Board of Directors, where he served six years with three on the ABET Finance Committee.

Additionally, Dr. Kenney chaired the SAE ABET Relations Committee from 2007 to 2010 and was one of the leaders of the Systems Engineering accreditation effort that resulted in ABET recognizing SAE International as one of the co-lead societies for Systems Engineering. Most recently, he is a member of the SAE Education Board and is leading the SAE Automotive Engineering accreditation effort. Dr. Kenney has also held organizational and leadership roles in the ASME Committee on Engineering Accreditation.

During his career, Dr. Kenney received the prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award and developed expertise in gasoline engine design, advanced combustion systems, friction reduction, emissions, diesel engine emissions, and overall vehicle systems technologies and assessment methodologies. He has co-authored numerous technical papers and internal reports and has made presentations about vehicle fuel economy improvement  at SAE Government-Industry and  American Association for the Advancement of Science meetings.

Dr. Kenney received his bachelor’s degree from Newark College of Engineering and then earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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