SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award

Established in 2007, this award recognizes an individual or a team from the automotive industry for outstanding contributions to the technology progress and dissemination in the area of automotive transmission and driveline. The award acknowledges new ideas, concepts, innovations or applications that will assist in improving this technology.

This award has been funded through an endowment from the Timken Company to honor Howard Simpson, an extremely talented and innovative engineer who has invented and developed a revolutionary planetary gear set which constituted the basis for the Ford C4 and C5 transmission produced over more than 20 years starting in 1964, for the famous Chrysler Torqueflite transmission, a ground-breaking unit introduced in 1956 and for several General Motors transmission models. The award is also testimony to Timken's commitment to technical innovation and creativity.

The nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee(s) may be an individual or a team

  • Must be SAE member(s) or be involved with SAE activities

  • Demonstrate significant contribution to the advancement of transmission and driveline technology

  • Recognition may be for a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement

  • Minimum Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Year 

Name

Employer

2020

Maurice Leising

Retired, FCA

2018

Dr. Hussein Dourra

Magna Corporate R&D

2015

Robert Fischer

AVL North America Inc

2013

Dr-Ing Juergen J Greiner

ZF Getriebe GmbH

2012

Peter Tenberge

Technische Universitat Chemnitz

2011

Mircea Gradu PhD

FCA US LLC

2010

Pierre A Lepelletier

 

2009

Karl-Heinz Bauer

Honeywell Automotive Inc

2008

Berthold Martin

FCA US LLC

Nomination Deadline: June 1

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