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2024 SAE Awards Ceremony

Twenty-eight SAE Members and Volunteers were recognized during the Spring 2024 SAE Awards Ceremony which was held during SAE’s WCX™ World Congress Experience in Detroit, MI.

One of the highest awards is the SAE Medal of Honor, recognizing an individual’s contributions to SAE International. Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian earned the honor for 2024. Dr. Ahmadian was unable to join the ceremony in Detroit but will be presented the Medal of Honor Award at another SAE event later this year. View All Medal of Honor Recipients

Congratulations to all the awardees!

Leadership Awards: 

SAE International Award for Technical and Leadership Excellence honoring Rodica Baranescu 

  • Becky Mueller – Senior Research Engineer for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  

SAE International Award for Influential Executive in Automotive honoring Henry Ford II  

  • John Waraniak – CEO and Founder of Have Blue, LLC 

SAE International Award for Outstanding Student Leadership in STEM honoring Max Rumbaugh  

  • Adriana Danielle Kleshick Segarra – MRO Delivery Digitalization Leader at GE Aerospace 

Innovation Awards:

SAE International Award for Propulsion Innovation honoring Franz Pischinger  

  • Harry Watson – Professor at the University of Melbourne 

SAE International Award for Safety in Transportation honoring Arnold W. Siegel

  •  Kathryn Anderson – GM Technical Fellow – Occupant Protection & Biomechanics and Senior Manager/Senior Technical Expert – Engineering Analysis at General Motors 

SAE International Humanitarian Award honoring Arnold W. Siegel  

  • Thomas A. Dingus – distinguished Fellow at Virginia Tech 

SAE International Award for Outstanding Research in Mobility Fuels and Lubricants  

  • Gregory Hunt (Lead) – Senior Research Chemist at Lubrizol Limited 

  • Jason Bares – Senior Staff Engineer at BorgWarner 

  • Michael Gahagan – e-Fluid Technology Manager at Lubrizol 

  • Greg Miiller – VP Engineering & New Business at Savant, Inc. 

  • Pär Nyman – Technical Manager at Scania CV AB 

SAE John Johnson Medal for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines

  • Kelly Senecal – Co-founder of Convergent Science, Inc. 

SAE John Johnson Paper for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines

  • Mansour Masoudi (Lead) – CEO and Director of R&D at Emissol LLC 

  • Nikolai Poliakov – Mechanical Engineer at Emissol LLC 

  • Sahm Noorfeshan – Prototype Development Engineer at Admedes Inc. 

SAE International Award for Outstanding Student Paper honoring Phil Myers

  • Samuel White (Lead) – PhD Student at the University of Oxford 

  • Felix Leach – Associate Professor at the University of Oxford 

  • Abdullah Umai Bajwa – Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute 

SAE International Award for Quality Leadership honoring Subir Chowdhury

  • Karun Balachantran – Associate Engineering Manager at Tesla 

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

  • Chi Tech Lee (Lead) – Transmission & Drive Unit Architecture Technical Specialist at General Motors 

  • David Ames – Assistant Chief Engineer at General Motors 

  • Brett Caldwell – Staff Calibration Engineer at General Motors 

  • Jeffrey Kelly – Technical Specialist at General Motors 

  • Timothy Reinhart – Engineering Group Manager at General Motors 

  • German Tanasi – Senior Project Engineer at General Motors 

SAE International Award for Excellence in Innovation

  • Jia Hu – Professor at Tongi University  

STEM Education Award:

SAE International Educational Award honoring Ralph R. Teetor  

  • Javad Basqerad – Associate Professor at Kettering University