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Special Recognition Awards

The Special Recognition Award is designed to recognize individual OEM participants who excelled in the past year and demonstrated their exceptional commitment to USCAR by going above and beyond the call of duty. It recognizes those whose leadership inspires their teams to achieve greatness.

Jim Anderson, Ford technical expert - Fuel Science, is company lead of both the USCAR and U.S. DRIVE Fuels Working Groups. Anderson was the driving force behind the USCAR sponsored publication “The Effect of Compression Ratio, Fuel Octane Rating, and Ethanol content on Spark-Ignition Engine Efficiency” in the Environmental, Science and Technology journal. This publication has gained widespread recognition and has been cited by several other studies, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Co-Optima program. He also had a key role in the well-to-wheels analysis to determine the best way to introduce potential future high-octane fuel from a greenhouse gas and cost perspective. His work has helped USCAR to be viewed as an industry leader in the Co-Optimization of engines and fuels.

Renata Arsenault,  Ford senior researcher, Energy Storage Research, is company lead on the USABC Technical Advisory Committee. Arsenault led the Request for Proposal Information (RFPI) group for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and the re-write of the PHEV manual. She guided a project research partner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), through process development, resulting in project completion ahead of schedule and under budget. She aligned new recycling program deliverables with research partner, Farasis Energy, with the existing WPI deliverables to ensure the maximum ability to compare the results. Another project with JCI was led by Arsenault and has already improved its existing battery products, allowing OEMs to source an improved battery. Her leadership of new recycling efforts could lead to multi-million dollar savings relative to battery disposal.

Greg Crawford, GM engineering specialist, is a member of the Occupant Safety Research Partnership, WorldSID 5th Female Task Group. Crawford led a series of non-standard pendulum and sled tests, and performed all data analyses necessary to evaluate the biofidelity and repeatability of the WorldSID 5th female side impact dummy with a one-of-a-kind prototype modification kit. He also prepared and presented detailed discussions of the test conditions, data analysis and biofidelity assessment for two key international groups, prompting a study of further design modifications to improve the WorldSID 5th female.  This work is critical to the industry and will help USCAR member companies repeat future biofidelity tests in a consistent manner.

Bob Dawsey, GM senior engineering group manager, joined the U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy) Electrical/Electronics Tech Team in January 2016 and immediately was named co-chair. He quickly comprehended the significant issues facing the team and the need to provide a clear vision to the National Research Council (NRC), establishing new targets based on market realities and a cost-walk for achieving technical targets. Dawsey also provided leadership and engaged industry members to develop new technical targets for an automotive integrated power module and an automotive electric machine drive.

Jacqueline Fontaine, Ford NVH sensitivity engineer, member of the Vehicle Structure Benchmarking Work Group, volunteered to author five process and procedure sheets for her team. She then organized review meetings, gathered input from all three member companies, and incorporated revisions to all five of the process sheets. Two of the process sheets for trimmed structure procedures have been published, and three body-in-prime process sheets are near publication. Fontaine went above and beyond to ensure these procedures were completed.  Thanks to her efforts, the team now has five unilaterally agreed upon Vehicle Structure Benchmarking Process Sheets and has a common framework in which to conduct structure benchmark testing for the USCAR team members.

Lou Hector, GM technical fellow, is principal investigator on the USAMP ICME Approach to Development of Lightweight Third Generation Advanced High-Strength Steels Vehicle Sub-Assembly Team. Hector managed a diverse group of academia, industry and national labs to create a functional integrated computational materials engineering model for third generation advanced high strength steel, which integrates material and forming models. With his leadership, the project was completed on-time and within budget.  Hector also helped advance the creation of two alloys and the development of new test methodologies to evaluate multiphase steels with metastable phases, such as three dimensional representative volume elements and in-situ uni-axial tensile testing coupled with digital image correlation and high energy X-ray diffraction.

Carrie Okma, FCA US lithium-ion cell and chemistry specialist, is the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) project manager of the SiNode project, the first materials program within USABC. She led her team to refine how materials projects would be conducted, requiring the group to determine how to work with a new GAP table and how to work with the national labs in conducting a fair evaluation using the table.  In addition to managing this project, she participates on six other project teams, and also made significant contributions to the development of the Materials Request for Proposal Information (RFPI), as well as helped to streamline the RFPI review process within USABC.

Jasbir Singh, FCA US senior manager - Axle Engineering, is chair of the Transmission Working Group Axle Subcommittee. Under his leadership, the team developed an accelerated 30-hour break-in procedure for spin loss and efficiency testing of an axle – a significant reduction from the industry norm of 72 hours. He also led the effort to develop an axle efficiency standard for the industry, which is expected to be published as an SAE J-Standard this year. This standard will be available globally to help assess efficiency of axles and aid in determining various efficiency improvement enablers to benefit overall fuel economy for both FTP-75 cycles and the real-world experience of the customer.

Arun Solomon, GM technical fellow, is a member of the US DRIVE Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Tech Team and past co-chair. Solomon led a two-year effort to survey and recommend fuel properties for spark ignition, compression ignition and low-temperature combustion. The results were shared with the U.S. DRIVE Fuels Working Group, which is discussing implementation of recommended spark-ignition fuel properties with the government and oil companies. He also presented the spark-ignition results at an SAE panel and developed a slide deck to be used in testimony to the U.S. Congress by USCAR on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Co-Optima Program. Solomon also described this position at Co-Optima listening meetings, helping to align their goals and timeframes with industry objectives.

Mike Veenstra, Ford hydrogen storage technical expert, is co-chair of the U.S. DRIVE Hydrogen Storage Tech Team. Veenstra was instrumental in rewriting the U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) Hydrogen Storage Tech Team’s Target Explanation document, which had not been updated since 2009. He led the evaluation of more than 20 existing hydrogen storage targets against current state-of-the-art fuel cell Electric Vehicles (EV), and wrote several sections explaining the rationale and justification of the existing targets to the research community. Veenstra also took the initiative to join the U.S. DRIVE Fuel Pathway Integration Tech Team to provide that team with a needed automotive presence. As part of this effort, he helped provide the vision for a cross-cutting taskforce formed to evaluate the interface between the hydrogen storage and delivery systems.