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Lifetime Achievement Awards

USCAR began presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2003 to recognize individuals who made significant contributions to USCAR during an extended period of time. Most recipients have been active USCAR participants for at least a decade. Their dedication, expertise and the value of their contributions to the organization and our member companies have been immeasurable.

Steve Clark is a leader in the traction battery community and has made sustained contributions to USABC. Having served for more than a decade, he has been a longstanding member of the USABC Management Committee, continuously serving in leadership positions as chairman, treasurer and external affairs representative.

Clark advanced a number of new initiatives including the generation of electrolyte requirements and the formation of an associated “request for proposal information” document.  He also led the development of 12-volt start/stop battery requirements.  Clark was aggressive in starting key new development programs, including Envia, Cobasys, and LG Chem high energy density programs for plug-in HEV applications, as well as two unique high power density development programs: one with Maxwell Technologies and another with A123 Systems. Under his guidance, USABC initiated a novel membrane separator program to reduce cost and improve abuse tolerance. Clark is known at USCAR as “not only an excellent role model, but also a trusted mentor and friend.”

Allison Stephens has served as co-chair of the Ergonomics Task Force since 2004.  Since that time, she has worked tirelessly in support of USCAR Manufacturing teams.  She is known for her energy and enthusiasm. Her passion and drive for results are focused on scoping new projects, working through the details and delivering objectives. She is well respected for her leadership, creativity and the experience she brings to her efforts at USCAR. She has chaired many teams including the Manufacturing Working Group, and projects such as the Digital Human Model, Force Mat Insertion Measurement, Ergonomics Evaluation of Right Angle Power Tools, Dynamic Force Limits, Benchmarking of Fenceless Robots, and Hose Insertion Force Analysis.

Stephens has been and is directly responsible for continued growth of the highly leveraged Manufacturing TLC project portfolio. She has increased the value of USCAR’s Ergonomic R&D manufacturing portfolio tenfold, leveraging more than $11.5 million through the Department of Defense Virtual Soldier Program, Auto Partnership of Canada, academia and industry. To date, she has initiated nearly half of all Manufacturing TLC projects.

Mike Tamor has been involved in multiple USCAR activities since early 1994. He played a key role in aligning the Ford DOE funded Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) research project to Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) goals and led Ford’s P2000 PNGV vehicle and final report to DOE leadership. Additionally, he was closely involved in the development of USABC HEV battery system cost and performance goals.  More recently, Tamor provided guidance to the U.S. DRIVE Vehicle Systems Analysis Tech team, and from 2008 to earlier this year, he was the Ford lead on both the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell and Vehicle Electrification TLCs.

Tamor brought a systems-engineering perspective to the USCAR teams he supported. He worked to encourage USCAR teams to integrate a portfolio of projects with aligned technical goals. He also helped streamline the process by which OEMs jointly review and assess the DOE project portfolio. This enabled earlier input of OEM needs and assessment of both the relevance and technical progress of DOE-funded projects. The evaluation template for this process is used by all U.S. DRIVE technical teams today.