Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award

Established in 1984, the award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding presentation skills. The intent of the award is to maintain a high level of presentations at SAE technical sessions by recognizing individuals who make outstanding presentations at those sessions. The recipient must have received the Oral Presentation Award more than twice to receive this award.

Originally established in 1984 as the SAE Distinguished Speaker Award by the Engineering Meetings Board, the award name was changed to the SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award in 1993 to honor the late Lloyd L. Withrow.

As Department Head of the GM Research Laboratories Fuels and Lubricants Department, Withrow mentored many engineers and contributed significantly to the fields of fuels and lubricants for automotive vehicles. His research on engine combustion from 1926 -1948 was a watershed that is still referenced and utilized. Both engineers and society in general have benefitted greatly over the years from his activities and his personality. Withrow died on December 9, 1992, only five days before his 93rd birthday.

Withrow was an SAE Fellow and noted speaker at many SAE meetings. Through a request from several prominent SAE members, this award name was changed to recognize him for his outstanding communication skills and his continual insistence that those he supervised also develop and demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

The award consists of a framed certificate that is presented at the Awards Ceremony during the WCX World Congress Experience.

Year  Name Employer
2017 Kristy B Arbogast Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Alessandro D'Adamo PhD Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Dr Mark Devlin Afton Chemical Corp
Jason Aaron Lustbader National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tadashi Naito Honda R&D Co Ltd
2016 James M Boileau Ford Motor Company
Prof Fabio Bozza Univ of Naples
Dr Timothy Johnson Corning Inc
Dr Nicholas Oettle Jaguar Land Rover
Brian Sisk A123 Systems Inc
Glen C Steyer AAM (American Axle & Mfg Inc)
Daniel E Williams PhD ZF TRW Commercial Steering Systems
2015 Dr Mehdi Ahmadian PhD Virginia Tech
Adrian P Gaylard Jaguar Land Rover
Harry Husted Delphi Powertrain
Kristofer D Kusano Virginia Tech
Dr James C Peyton Jones Villanova University
Lyle M Pickett Sandia National Laboratories
Dr Charles E Roberts Jr Southwest Research Institute
Scott Sluder Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2014 Gregory H Guinther Afton Chemical Corp
Alan Korn Meritor Wabco
Charles Mueller Sandia National Laboratories
Nils Olof Nylund VTT Technical Research Centre Of Finland
Arnold Taube PE John Deere World Headquarters
2013 Dr Terrence Alger II Southwest Research Institute
Timothy John Jacobs Texas A&M Univ
Dr Timothy Johnson Corning Inc
Alexander Sappok Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012 Jeff D Colwell PhD Exponent Inc
Dr Subramaniam Ganesan Oakland Univ
D Gary Harlow Lehigh University
Dr Gursaran D Mathur CalsonicKansei North America Inc
Dr Rainer Neumann Visteon Deutschland GmbH
Wim Van Dam Chevron Oronite
Dr Xiaobo Yang Oshkosh Corp.
2011 Dr Guofei Chen United States Steel Corp
Garrick J Forkenbrock National Hwy Traffic Safety Admin
Prof Angelo Onorati Politecnico di Milano
Georg Ostermeyer Univ Of Braunschweig
John Rugh National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Thomas Wallner PhD Argonne National Laboratory
2010 Dr Ashley L Dunn SEA Ltd
David Foster Univ of Wisconsin
Dr Timothy Johnson Corning Inc
Dr Matthew Reed Univ of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Prof James W G Turner Lotus Engineering Ltd
2009 Prof John David Fieldhouse Univ of Huddersfield
Dr John Krumm Microsoft Corp.
Scott A Miers Michigan Technological Univ
Dr James K. Thompson PE Bruel & Kjaer North America Inc
Brian West Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2008 Kevin R Cooper Cooperaero Ltd
Prof Hans-Elias De Bree Microflown Technologies BV
Dr Paul R Donavan Illingworth & Rodkin Inc
Markus Egelhaaf DEKRA Automobil GmbH
H. Clay Gabler Virginia Tech
Richard Hanowski Virginia Tech
Dr Gursaran D Mathur CalsonicKansei North America Inc
Charles Moritz Blachford Inc
Mark P. B. Musculus Sandia National Laboratories
Matt Parkinson PhD Penn State Univ-University Park
Joseph L Stout Ford Motor Company
Dr David C Viano ProBiomechanics LLC
Dr Gary T Yamaguchi PhD Exponent Failure Analysis
2007 Dr Terrence Alger II Southwest Research Institute
Dr John E Dec Sandia National Laboratories
Dr Timothy Johnson Corning Inc
Richard W Kent Univ of Virginia
Prof Juergen Krahl Univ of Applied Sciences Coburg
Dr Zissimos Mourelatos Oakland Univ
Dr Matthew Reed Transportation Research Institute
Dr Thomas W Ryan III Southwest Research Institute
Dr Peter O Witze Sandia National Laboratories
2006 Dr Mark Devlin Afton Chemical Corp
Dr Leonard Evans Science Serving Society
Dr Michael Hamm Automotive Lighting
Dr Daniel C Haworth Pennsylvania State Univ
James L Linden General Motors
Andreas Lippert General Motors
James A McGeehan ChevronTexaco
Brian OConnor Lubrizol Corp
Dr Eric Schneider GM R&D Center
Andrew Seybert Univ of Kentucky
Dr Sandeep Sovani Fluent Inc
Alfred Spada American Foundry Society Inc
John F Van Derlofske Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jerry R Veen Johnson Controls Inc
Andrew Peter Walker Johnson Matthey Inc
2005 Kristy B Arbogast Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Phil Barnes Northrop Grumman Corp
James Eng General Motors
Dr Leonard Evans Science Serving Society
Michael J Flannagan Univ of Michigan - Ann Arbor
James L Linden General Motors
Charles Mueller Sandia National Laboratories
Antoni K Oppenheim Univ of California
Antoni K Oppenheim Univ of California
Dr Matthew Reed Transportation Research Institute
Dr Kyung Tai Rhee Rutgers Univ
Prof Christof Schulz Univ of Duisburg-Essen
Philip R Scinto Lubrizol Corp
Ben K Wada Applied Technologies Inc
2004 Dr Michael Covitch Lubrizol Corp
David Phillip Gardiner Nexum Research Corp
Dr Matthew Reed Transportation Research Institute
2003 John Abraham Purdue Univ-West Lafayette
Dr Alan Druschitz INTERMET Corp
Prof Heinz K Lindenmeier Universitat der Bondeswehr Munchen
Miriam A Manary Transportation Research Institute
H Paul Stough III NASA Langley Research Center
2002 Dr Michael Hamm Automotive Lighting
Beate Heller Volkswagen AG
James A McGeehan ChevronTexaco
Edward C Myers Nova Chemicals Inc
2001 Dr Gino Sovran  
Martin Wirth Ford Motor Company
2000 Dr Alexandros C Alkidas GM R&D Center
Dr Suresh T Gulati Corning Inc
Harold Haskew Harold Haskew and Associates
Harold Haskew Harold Haskew and Associates
Scott Jorgensen GM R&D Center
Dr James A Spearot GM R&D Center
1999 Prof Gordon Blair Queen's Univ of Belfast
Jeff Crandall Univ of Virginia
Dr John E Dec Sandia National Laboratories
James A McGeehan ChevronTexaco
Bernie M Penetrante Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Michael P Walsh Consultants
1998 David J Bateman DuPont Chemicals
Dr Dennis Brinkman Safety Kleen Corp
Dr Thomas W Dekleva ICI Americas Inc
David Foster Univ of Wisconsin
Dr Donald F Huelke PhD  
1997 Prof Roy Douglas Queen's Univ of Belfast
Dr William R Leppard GM R&D Center
James McCandless Alternative Fuel Technology LLC
Anthony Moore Daimler Trucks North America LLC
Dr Matthew Reed Transportation Research Institute
Dr Rolf D Reitz Univ of Wisconsin Madison
1996 John V Werner State Farm Insurance Co
1995 Dr Gary Joseph Corrigan Dana
Dr Todd Fansler GM R&D Center
Dr Shirley E Schwartz GM R&D Center
1993 Dr Thomas Flaim Complex Building Systems Inc
Dr Donald F Huelke PhD  
Ed Snyder Univ of Dayton
1992 Charles A Amann KAB Engineering
Marty A Barris Donaldson Company Inc
Dr Jacob Klimstra NV Nederlandse Gasunie
John R Needham Ricardo UK Ltd
Dr Rolf D Reitz Univ of Wisconsin Madison
Daniel W Wendland  
1991 Dr William R Leppard GM R&D Center
Fred Lloyd Raybestos Products Co
1990 Dr Ather A Quader General Motors
Dr Jan Roskam DAR Corporation (Design Analysis & Res)
1989 Dr James R Bennett GM Powertrain
Dr Stuart P Keeler DEng ThyssenKrupp Budd Technical Center
Paul Oppenheimer  
Gerald Simon GM R&D Center
1988 Myron Ginsberg PhD HPC Research & Education
Bruce J Holmes SmartSky Networks LLC
Dr Donald F Huelke PhD Transportation Research Institute
Timothy Tindall Detroit Diesel Corp
1987 Prof Gordon Blair Queen's Univ of Belfast
Dr Robert Furey GM R&D Center
Nancy Lynn Philippart General Motors
Dr James A Spearot GM R&D Center
1986 Charles A Amann KAB Engineering
Frank D Fruedenthal Altec Industries Inc
Charles Jones Rotary Power Inc
Dennis L Otto Timken Technology Center
Richard Radlinski Radlinski & Associates
Ben K Wada Applied Technologies Inc
Neil Watson Imperial College of Science & Tech
1985 Hans Bajaria Multiface Inc
Edward G Barry  
Dr Edward R Jones Jones Reilly & Assoc
James A McGeehan ChevronTexaco
James A McGeehan Chevron
James A McGeehan ChevronTexaco
Dr Michael L McMillan GM R&D Center
Wallace R Wade Ford Motor Company
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