Without the dedicated men and women within the automotive and steel industries, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) would not be able to continue to drive automotive innovation.
For the fourth year in a row, SMDI recognized two outstanding leaders in the industry who are accelerating innovation with the “Men and Women of Steel” awards at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Industry Innovator award honors an automotive designer or engineer who showcases superior capability/innovation in the application of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS). The Community Hero award recognizes local men and women of steel whose lives have been impacted by AHSS or who have used AHSS in a heroic way to help other people.
The Industry Innovator Award was presented to Jack Dolan, FCA US LLC, as result of his work with the steel industry on innovative AHSS solutions on future FCA vehicles. Jack’s dedication to innovation in steel helped reach weight reduction goals in various projects and he continues to lead the FCA team in collaborative, state-of-the-art solutions.
The Community Hero Award was presented to Dr. Don Malen, University of Michigan, for his recent work as a professor at the University of Michigan where he teaches automotive structure design. He continues to work closely with the steel industry, including projects with WorldAutoSteel and A2Mac1.
Join us in the comments below in congratulating Jack and Don for all their hardwork in continuing to accelerate automotive innovation through steel applications.