SPE Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award

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First given in the year 2000, the SPE Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the technical achievements of individuals whose work, in research, design, and/or engineering, has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on passenger vehicles. Winners include:

  • J.T. Battenberg III, former chairman and chief-executive officer of Delphi Corp.
  • Bernard Robertson, then executive vice-president of DaimlerChrysler
  • Robert Schaad, chairman of Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.
  • Tom Moore, retired vice-president, Liberty and Technical Affairs at then DaimlerChrysler
  • Mr. Shigeki Suzuki, general manager – Materials Division, Toyota Motor Co.
  • Barbara Sanders, retired director-Advanced Development & Engineering Processes, Delphi Corp.
  • Josh Madden, retired executive at General Motors Corp. (GM) & Volkswagen of America
  • Frank Macher, former CEO of Collins & Aikman Corp., Federal Mogul Corp., and ITT Automotive;
  • Irv Poston, retired head of the Plastics (Composites) Development-Technical Center, GM.
  • Allan Murray, Ph.D., retired technology director at Ford Motor Co.
  • David (Dave) B. Reed P.E., retired staff engineer, Product Engineering, GM
  • Gary Lownsdale, P.E., chief technology officer, Plasan Carbon Composites
  • Roy Sjöberg, P.E., retired, General Motors Corp. & Chrysler Corp.
  • Dr. Norm Kakarala, retired, Inteva Products LLC.
  • Frederick (Fred) Deans, P.E, co-founder and principal of Allied Composites Technologies, LLC.

(title/job position at time of award ceremony)

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