Announcements from SAE

30 Apr, 2008

By: Trade & Industry Development

SAE Foundation and Honeywell Partner to Launch AWIM Program

SAE International’s A World in Motion® (AWIM) program is partnering with Honeywell Transportation Systems to launch the Honeywell/SAE Student Automotive Design Challenge.
Honeywell is pledging $40,000 to the SAE Foundation for 2008. The funds will be used to produce and ship learning materials to K-12 classrooms and to train teachers and Honeywell volunteer engineers to use the AWIM curriculum.

"We very much appreciate Honeywell's commitment to the A World in Motion program," Carson Walburn, SAE foundation director, said. "This contribution is a testament to Honeywell's support of math and science education, and we look forward to working with Honeywell to bring this education to life in the classroom."

A part of SAE International, the SAE Foundation supports and nurtures students' enthusiasm for science and technology through educational outreach programs, awards and scholarships. Programs like AWIM join together teachers, students and industry volunteers in a hands-on exploration of physical science while addressing mathematic and scientific concepts and skills.

New SAE International Book Covers 75 Years of Chrysler Engines

A new SAE International book chronicling more than 75 years of Chrysler engines offers a unique look at automotive history.

Written by Willem L. Weertman, Chrysler Engines, 1922-1998 covers the design, development and creation of every production engine built by the Chrysler Corporation.

Weertman, who worked as an engineer and engine designer at the Chrysler Corporation for 40 years, provides descriptions, images, specifications and timelines for each engine. The book also examines the personalities behind the engines' development as well as the vehicles in which the engines were used. Examples of landmark engines highlighted in the book:

  • V-6, V-8 and V-10 engines

  • 426 Hemi engines

  • Viper engines

  • American Motors engines

  • Plus, many more

In addition, Weertman provides the inside story on two early attempts to build and market a Chrysler-named car prior to the incorporation of Chrysler in 1925.

Weertman is the former chief engineer of Engine Engineering at the Chrysler Corporation. A Life Member of SAE International, Weertman has been involved with the society for more than 50 years. He holds a bachelor's in engineering from Yale University, a master's in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and a certification as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering from the State of Michigan.

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Ford's Kuang to Receive SAE Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

Ming Lang Kuang of Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., is the recipient of SAE International's Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering.

The Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members for their outstanding contributions to the passenger car, truck and bus industries. The award is funded through the Ford Motor Company to honor Henry Ford II and the SAE Foundation. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Kuang is a technical leader in vehicle controls at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering. He has worked at Ford for 17 years in the areas of hybrid vehicle system controls, vehicle dynamics and controls. His primary research interests include vehicle control architecture, vehicle control system development and implementation methodologies, and advanced vehicle control algorithm development for hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Previously, he was a technical expert in hybrid vehicle controls for Ford and played a critical role in the development and delivery of the first Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles.

Kuang has authored or co-authored 12 technical papers in various engineering journals. He holds 26 U.S. patents, with 16 in production, and six international patents. He is the recipient of the Powertrain GQRS Quality Award, the Powertrain TMM Technical Excellence Award and the Henry Ford Technology Award, which he received for his technical leadership and contributions to the success of the Escape Hybrid.

Kuang is a member of SAE International. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from South China University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China. He resides in Canton, Mich.

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