Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation

Established in 1978, this award annually recognizes an SAE member whose innovative design is described in an SAE paper or whose lifetime of accomplishment is judged to be a significant achievement in automotive engineering. Judgment is based upon the value of the work as an original innovative contribution, not upon the application of some development or invention already known. The award honors the memory of Edward N. Cole, former President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corp., and the inspiration he provided to others in the engineering profession by his continuing search and drive for product innovation. The award is made possible through a fund originally established by contributions from General Motors Corp., SAE members, and other employees and retirees who were associated with Cole.

No one person shall win the award twice within any period of five consecutive years.

The award consists of a framed certificate a $5000 honorarium and an commemorative gift. It is presented during an appropriate SAE international meeting.

Year Full Name Employer-Historical
2016 Dr. Thomas C. Klingler  
2015 Larry Nitz General Motors
2013 Dr. Prasad Kadle Delphi Corp
2012 Dr. Hussein Dourra PhD FCA US LLC
2011 Dr. John J Moskwa Univ of Wisconsin Madison
2010 Dr. Simon C Tung Industrial Research Laboratories
2009 Arvin F Mueller  
2007 Mircea Gradu Timken Technology Center
2006 Dr. Stefan Korcek  
2005 Wallace R. Wade  
2004 Lloyd W. Rogers Jr.  
2003 Jack D. Benson AFE Consulting Services Inc
2002 Dr. David C. Viano ProBiomechanics LLC
2001 Joseph M. Colucci Automotive Fuels Consulting
1998 David F. Hagen National Research Council
1993 Roger P. Daniel  
1992 Neil A. Schilke General Motors
1991 Dr. Paul B. MacCready AeroVironment Inc
1990 David McLellan  
1989 Stuart M. Frey  
1988 Trevor O. Jones ElectroSonics Medical Inc.
1988 Jerome G. Rivard Global Tech & Business Development
1987 Charles Jones  
1987 Kenichi Yamamoto Toyota Motor Corp
1986 Vernon Roosa  
1985 William F. Milliken Jr. Milliken Research Associates Inc
1984 Konrad Eckert  
1983 Frank Winchell  
1982 Alan Loofbourrow  
1981 George H Muller Advanced Ideas Research Foundation
1980 Achilles Sampietro  
1979 Oliver K Kelley  

Nomination Deadline: June 1

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