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AVT Profile: Brakes
Position: Senior Technical Specialist
Responsible for brake system sizing, modeling and performance prediction calculations for all Chrysler vehicles from 1983 until 2008.
Developed the first Chrysler proprietary computer program for brake system modeling (1983).
Developed computer modeling for height-sensing (load sensing) proportioning valves, beginning with the first Chrysler mini-van in 1984.
Integrated Mercedes-Benz brake system thermal sizing criterion into Chrysler modeling programs.
Developed procedures to model variable brake pedal ratios and non-linear brake pedal linkages.
Lead responsibility for development of brake actuation quotation packages.
Worked closely with Chrysler purchasing during all phases of selecting sources for new vehicle brake components and systems.
SAE Life member (40 years), member of the Brake Components committee 28 years, Brake Activities committee 25 years, Dynamometer committee, tube joint task force, rotor cracking task force, others.
Created 95% of all brake dynamometer test procedures used by Chrysler
Created long term strategy for design and sourcing of all brake actuation components for all Chrysler vehicles.
Engineering lead for the creation of the MOPAR Value Line program for brake linings which resulted in an increase in profits of $5,000,000 in its first year of operation.
Team leader for the development of the first family of aluminum master cylinders for Chrysler Corp.
Was part of the team that developed the first four wheel, electronic, anti lock brake system. Chrysler “Sure Brake” for the 1971 Imperial.
Advanced Vehicle Technologies
, Senior Technical Specialist
, retired in 2008 as Senior Specialist - Brake Systems
1965: BSME (with honors), Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh PA.
1966: MSME (fellowship), Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
42 Years experience as a brake engineer
Expert in brake system sizing for all light vehicles.
Ability to use performance brake dynamometer test results to improve system modeling and performance prediction.
Extensive knowledge of brake component test equipment for both engineering development and production quality control.
DFMEA, PFMEA, Quality Control Plans.
Knowledge of vehicle assembly plant brake processing including evacuation and fill of brake systems and 100% on and off line testing.
Awards, Honors, etc
1993 SAE award for excellence in oral presentation at the International Congress in Detroit
1994 SAE Forest R. McFarland award for service to the SAE passenger car activity as technical session organizer and chair person for several years.
2002 TMD Friction, Alan Lange award for the best oral presentation at the 2002 Brake Colloquium.
2003 Chrysler Vice Presidents award for contributions to Chrysler Engineering and mentoring of others.
2003 SAE award for excellence in oral presentation at the 2003 Brake Colloquium
2004 Honeywell invited guest lecturer at the 2004 Brake Colloquium
2005 Dan Mahannah Achievement Award for contributions to the brake industry.