April 2012 - The Society of Automotive Engineers, International (SAE) has awarded the 2011 Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation to Professor John J. Moskwa at the Awards Ceremony of the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.
The award, established in 1978, honors the memory of Edward N. Cole, former President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corporation, and the inspiration he provided to others in the engineering profession by his continuing search and drive for product innovation. The award consists of a framed certificate, and a gold Atmos clock made by Jaeger-LeCoultre of Switzerland ("the Clock of Presidents"). Professor Moskwa is recognized for the innovative high bandwidth, hardware-in-the-loop engine transient test systems that he and his students have designed, patented, developed and built in his Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A sampling of previous award recipients include David McLellan (Chief engineer, Chevy Corvette), Stuart Frey (General Manager & Chief Engineer, Ford Mustang), Paul MacCready (designer of the Gossamer Condor), Oliver Kelly (first automotive automatic transmission), Vernon Roosa (diesel fuel injector pump), George Muller (Saturn V booster, Skylab, Space Shuttle) as well as many other very distinguished engineers. Many of these recipients are also in the National Academy of Engineering, or are recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Professor Moskwa is especially grateful to PCRL sponsors, friends, and students for all of their hard work and contributions in his Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL). Following the awards ceremony are (left to right) Dr. John Lahti, Professor Moskwa, and Dr. Jim Grady. Dr. Lahti was a Research Assistant in PCRL whose engineering work on this single-cylinder engine transient test system technology was key, and Dr. Grady is the Chairman of SAE's Edward N. Cole Award Committee. Several other PCRL students have collaborated on transient test system technology in PCRL over the years, but especially noteworthy, in addition to Dr. Lahti, are the contributions by Matthew Snyder (first Intake Air Simulator), Steven Seaney and Dr. Guy R. Babbitt (first high-bandwidth transient test system for multi-cylinder engines). Also noteworthy are the generous contributions in fluid power consultation by Professor Emeritus Frank J. Fronczak.
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