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SAE Foundation Board of Trustees

This team develops the relationships and raises the funds to support SAE’s STEM programs, scholarships and awards.

    • Mazen Hammoud

      Director, Powertrain Engineering, Ford Asia Pacific
      Ford Motor Company

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      Mazen Hammoud

      Dr. Mazen Hammoud is Ford's Electrified Powertrain Systems Chief Engineer.  He leads a large engineering organization in charge of system architecture, component sizing, controls, and calibration for all HEV, PHEV, and BEV programs globally to deliver cost-effective best-in-class fuel economy and a superior driving experience. After Mazen assumed this role in 2012, Ford’s Electrification market share has grown more than threefold to 14% of the segment, while winning multiple awards.

      Since joining Ford in 1998, Dr. Hammoud held several leadership positions in Powertrain controls and calibrations. He delivered multiple award winning programs for driveability and fuel economy using EcoBoost technology. In Powertrain electronics, he managed to reduce cost and complexity while improving quality by applying Ford’s Commodity Business Plan and Supplier Aligned Business Framework strategies.

      Mazen’s career, including eight years at GM, is focused on sustainability and the environment by reducing emissions and improving fuel economy of modern Powertrains. He is responsible for numerous innovations published in technical papers and international patents. Mazen frequently participates in panel discussions, represents Ford in media events, and delivers industry speeches.

      Dr. Hammoud holds a Bachelor (WSU), Master (U of M) and Ph.D. (U of M) degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan.  He is an SAE Fellow and sits on several professional and academic boards including the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees.

      • Daniel Basch

        Engineering Supervisor,

        Parker Hannifin Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division

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        Daniel Basch

        Daniel Basch is an Engineering Supervisor for Parker Hannifin in the Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division. Parker Hannifin is a $13 billion, global organization that serves as the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems and provides precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial, and aerospace markets.

        Mr. Basch has been with Parker Hannifin since 2006, first serving as System Engineer Sr., and assuming positions within the company such as Technology Team Leader, and his current position of Engineering Supervisor. He is responsible for an engineering team that is leading the way in new product development within Parker Hannifin, being immersed in every step of the process, from the launch of the project to detail design, qualification testing, and all the way until the product hits the market.

        Mr. Basch also serves Parker Hannifin by developing and implementing design standards and other internal technical processes.

        Starting in 1997, Mr. Basch joined SAE International as a student member and in 2002 as a professional member. Since that time, he served on the Technical Standards Board, as an SAE A-5A technical committee member, and was involved with the SAE Membership Board as a member and co-chair.
        In 2002, Mr. Basch was the recipient of the first SAE International Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award.

        Mr. Basch graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and continued on to become a Certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.



        • Alison Bazil

          Manager of Global Learning and Development
          Ford Motor Company

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          Alison Bazil

          Alison Bazil has been with Ford Motor Company for 25 years.  Currently, Ms. Bazil is the Manager of Global Learning and Development for Product Development and Quality.  In this role, she is responsible for the performance growth of the PD and Quality workforce including strategy, technology, funding and learning solution creation.  In addition to learning and development, Ms. Bazil is also a lead advisor for Ford’s recently established STEM Initiative.  She is working with Ford’s STEM Manager to establish strategy and oversee funding decisions to reinforce the STEM pipeline.

          Before joining the Learning and Development organization in September of 2013, Ms. Bazil spent most of her career in chassis working in brakes, steering and suspension.  In her most recent chassis role she led the redesign of the suspension system for the 2013 Ford Fusion/MXZ/Mondeo.  In addition to chassis, Ms. Bazil has experience in testing, program management and vehicle engineering.

          Ms. Bazil is also very active in the recruitment and retention of women at Ford.  She is the lead recruiter for the Society of Women Engineer (SWE) recruiting team and a leader of the Women in Product Development employee resource group.  She is active in the SWE-Detroit professional section and has been a national officer of the Society.

          Ms. Bazil earned her BSME and an MSME from the University of Michigan.

          • Frederick M. Cartwright

            Executive Director
            CU-ICAR, Clemson University

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            Frederick M. Cartwright

            Frederick (Fred) M. Cartwright, Jr. is Executive Director of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Prior to joining CU-ICAR in 2013, he spent 32+ years at General Motors, including assignments in manufacturing, engineering, planning, corporate development and M&A. Most recently, he served as Director of Corporate Development, at GM’s headquarters in Detroit, developing and negotiating partnerships in areas of new technology and products. Prior to that Mr. Cartwright led a “new business development” function in General Motors, with responsibility for monetizing intellectual property and developing strategic alliances, which resulted in a year in Europe as Vice President for Alliances and New Business Development, focused on the European market. He had previously served as Director of Technology Planning for GM Powertrain, which included the negotiation of a successful partnership between GM, BMW, Daimler and Chrysler for strong hybrid powertrains. Mr. Cartwright holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Butler University, Indianapolis.

            • John Clark

              Executive Vice-President
              Aisin World Corp of America

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              John Clark

              John Clark is Executive Vice President of Aisin World Corp. of America (AWA), one of the world’s largest Tier One suppliers of automotive components. Clark and his team are principally responsible for Original Equipment sales, Sales and Product Planning in North America. He reports directly to the president.

              In addition to direct customer contact, Clark oversees interface between AWA team members and Aisin’s North American plants in order to meet quality, delivery and customer satisfaction standards. He is responsible for maintaining the company's overall relationship across all product groups, in addition to company marketing and product planning activities. Under his leadership, AWA has been awarded a number of quality, delivery and technology awards from customers Toyota and Honda. 

              Clark, who had been vice president of sales for all Asian customers, joined Aisin in 2003 as director of North American Customer Sales. He was later promoted to assistant vice president, Asian Customer Sales

              Previously, Clark was executive vice president with Niles USA, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automotive switches and sensor technology. Clark, who speaks fluent Japanese, attended college in Tokyo, and was a resident of Japan for eight years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and resides in Milford, Mich.

              • Lori Gatmaitan

                SAE Foundation

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                Lori Gatmaitan

                • Mary E. Gustanski

                  VP Engineering, Operations & Customer Satisfaction
                  Delphi Powertrain

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                  Mary E. Gustanski

                  Mary Gustanski, is Vice President of Engineering, Launch Readiness & Program Management, Delphi Automotive Systems. In this role, she is responsible for driving common process within the global engineering organization.  This includes leading the program management and flawless launch process as well as enabling improvement in execution through greater discipline during the Product Development Process.

                  Gustanski began her career with the company in 1980 as a College Cooperative Student at the former AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors, in Flint, Michigan.  Mary was hired full time as an Associate Manufacturing Engineering in April 1985.  She held several positions in Engineering and Manufacturing, including Sr. Manufacturing Project Engineer, Sr. Project Engineer and Production Superintendent, prior to being promoted to the Executive level as Divisional Plant Quality Manager in 1997.  Gustanski then became Chief Engineer for Generators in 1998 and was promoted in 2001 as Technical Center Director.  In 2003, she was promoted as Global Director of Manufacturing Engineering.

                  Gustanski was appointed as a member of the Powertrain Systems Executive Staff in 2006 as the Divisional Director of Engineering, Customer Satisfaction and Program Management.  In 2012 she was named as Powertrain’s Vice President of Engineering, Operations & Customer Satisfaction.  In August, 2014, Gustanski was appointed to the Corporate Engineering Team as the Vice President of Engineering, Launch Readiness and Program Management.

                  In 2010, Gustanski was named as one of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” by “Automotive News.”

                  Gustanski holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a master’s degree in Manufacturing Management, both from Kettering University (formerly GMI).

                  • Dan Hancock

                    DMH Consulting Group

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                    Dan Hancock

                    Dan Hancock retired from General Motors (GM) effective September 1, 2011, and now consults with the automotive industry in the powertrain and alliances areas. His last position with GM was Vice President, Global Strategic Product Alliances. During that time he served as Chairman of GM’s DMAX and VM Motori diesel engine joint ventures with Isuzu and Fiat, respectively.

                    Hancock’s previous appointments included GM Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering and Chief Executive Officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain, based in Turin, Italy.

                    After joining GM in 1968, he held various engineering positions within Allison Transmission Division in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was appointed Chief Engineer, Commercial Transmissions in 1980. In 1983 he became Chief Engineer for Detroit Diesel in Redford, Michigan. He became Technical Director, Advanced Powertrain, at the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM Canada Group in 1987. In 1992, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Small Block V8 engine, and in 1994 was appointed Director, Transmission Engineering, GM Powertrain. In 1997, he returned to Indianapolis where he was named President, Allison Transmission Division.

                    Born in Indiana, Hancock received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a bachelor's degree also in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute, Michigan, in 1974.

                    Hancock has been a member of SAE International for 40 years and is an SAE Fellow. He has recently been elected President of SAE International for 2014. He has been Chairman of the SAE Detroit Section and has served on the SAE Board of Directors. In addition, he served as Chairman of the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2008. During his tenure the SAE Foundation conducted a successful capital campaign, raising $26.5M for SAE’s A World in Motion® program.

                    Hancock served as president of FISITA, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, from 2004 to 2006 and continues to participate with FISITA in his emeritus status. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He is a recipient of the SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award, the SAE Medal of Honor, the SAE Gordon Millar Award, the Great Golden Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria, and the Sagamore of the Wabash recognition from the State of Indiana.

                    He now serves in board and advisory positions with several organizations, focusing on new powertrain technologies and STEM education.

                    Hancock splits his time between his homes in Indianapolis, Indiana, Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, where he enjoys skiing and high altitude hiking.

                    • David Knight

                      Global Director
                      T & U Engineering
                      John Deere

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                      David Knight

                      Dave Knight is currently the Global Director, Turf & Utility Platform Engineering for John Deere. He has been in this position since 2011 and is responsible for Worldwide product development engineering activities for utility vehicles, riding lawn equipment, commercial mowing, golf, walk behind mowers and autonomous mowing. Dave began his career at John Deere in 1998 as Product Development Manager where he led engineering and portfolio strategy for Compact Utility tractors. He was assigned additional responsibility for Global Loader Engineering in 2010. His career started at Mack Trucks as a test engineer with subsequent assignments in reliability and design engineering. Dave then moved to Ford New Holland (now CNH) and worked in a variety of positions in engineering, marketing, and product development. Product lines included compact utility tractors, large row crop and 4WD tractors, and combine harvesters. Dave holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo (1983), became a Licensed Professional Engineer (1991), and recently completed The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Global Leadership 2030 program (2013).

                      Dave is the Deere Functional Director for the relationship with Georgia Tech and has been a board member for Junior Achievement. He has been a member of SAE since 1983 and was elected to the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014. He has supported numerous activities to encourage and educate our youth about STEM.

                      • Robert Last

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                        Robert Last

                        Robert J. Last is the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, & Compliance at FEV North America, Inc.  In this capacity, he currently oversees all of FEV’s North American activities in the functional areas of marketing and PR, information technology, and quality.  He has been a member of FEV’s staff since the foundation of the company in 1985.  Over his nearly 30-year career, Bob has held positions in nearly every functional area of the company, including both engineering and overhead functions, and has contributed significantly to the company’s growth from 3 employees in 1985 to over 350 today. He began his career as a project engineer, developing new alternative fuels concepts for methanol, ethanol, and biofuels and, over his career, has received varied assignments throughout FEV’s organization, including a three year engineering assignment at FEV’s world headquarters in Aachen, Germany.  More recently, he has held leading management positions in operations, information technology, business development, marketing and human resources and has been creatively and strategically responsible for a number of successful marketing campaigns that contributed to FEV’s growth in North America.  Mr. Last holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University (1985) and completed his MBA in Global Management in 2004.  Bob served for over 5 years in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam era veteran.

                        Mr. Last is a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Marketing Association.  He volunteers his time to promote long-term American competitiveness through investments in STEM education.  Bob was elected to the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014.

                        • Frederick R. Nader

                          AutoTech Technology Development Inc.

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                          Frederick R. Nader

                          Mr. Nader joined Kenmar in 1995 through the acquisition of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. by Kenmar Corporation.   He was the founder and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. prior to Kenmar’s acquisition.  Since the acquisition by Kenmar, he has served as both Vice President of Technology for Kenmar Corporation and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc.. He is an active member of the Kenmar senior management team and participates in all long-term planning, strategy and business development.  His daily responsibilities include economic evaluation, strategic planning and team leadership for developing and implementing new technology.  Prior to AutoTech, Mr. Nader was a Vice-President for AVL NA and specialized in mobile exhaust gas analysis.  During and prior to AVL he was also  involved in the development of several key exhaust gas measurement tools including the critical flow venturi (CVS) system, the F.I.D. hydrocarbon and chemiluminescent NOx analyzers and was the inventor of the AVL Smart Sampler System for measuring particulate matter.

                          Mr. Nader is also a member of the International Society of Automotive Engineers and serves on the Board of Trustees for the SAE Foundation.  In 2005, Mr. Nader received the Don Ableson Award for Visionary Leadership, the 2nd highest award presented by the SAE Foundation.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Universal Technical Institute and the Don’t Just Sit There Foundations.  In 2014, Mr. Nader was appointed of L. Brooks Patterson (Oakland County CEO) and serves as the Chairman of the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force.

                          Mr. Nader received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering  and attended an Automotive Technology Research Mentor Program in Germany for 6 years with a subject topic of “The Economic Evaluation of Technology”.  Mr. Nader resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife and has three adult children.

                          • Dan Nicholson

                            Global Powertrain Vice-President
                            General Motors

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                            Dan Nicholson

                            Dan Nicholson is the Executive Director for Global Powertrain Embedded Controls at GM.  He has held this role since April, 2011.  In September, 2012 he took on the additional responsibility for Powertrain Electronic Controls & Software.  He is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the global engineering team responsible for calibrating all powertrains, providing customer-pleasing drive quality and ensuring compliance with tailpipe emissions standards and on-board diagnostics.  He is also globally responsible for all powertrain controllers and software.

                            Prior to this appointment, Dan was the vice president of Global Quality from 2010-2011.  He held this role after repatriating from Germany where he served as the head of Powertrain Product Engineering Europe since 2008.  He began as an executive director and was subsequently appointed to vice president and a member of the Opel / Vauxhall Leadership Board.  The scope of this role included the development and engineering of all engines, transmissions and alternative propulsion systems in the region. 

                            Nicholson began his career with General Motors as a co-op student at Buick Motor Division in 1982.  He has an extensive background in Product Engineering and subsequently progressed through a series of leadership positions including engineering group manager, director of controller integration, and director of engine development, calibration and validation.  In 2004, Nicholson was named chief engineer and program manager for V8 Engines responsible for the Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine and the implementation of Active Fuel Management technology for small block engines.  After a year in that position, Nicholson was appointed to managing director of GM Powertrain-Germany GmbH where he led all powertrain operations for the country unit.

                            Nicholson, 49, earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master of business administration degree from Stanford University.

                            • Kousay Said

                              President and CEO, GreenMantra Technologies

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                              Kousay Said

                              Kousay Said currently serves as the President and CEO of GreenMantra Technologies, a cleantech specialty chemical manufacturer. Prior to being named to this post, Kousay served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Sirrus, Inc., and as the Chief Executive Officer of ZeroBase Energy, LLC, both startups with a business model focusing on resource efficiency and advanced manufacturing.

                              During his 20-year career at The Dow Chemical Company, Kousay held several key positions including Managing Director of Dow Solar Solutions, VP of global Business Development at Dow Building Solutions, and Commercial VP NA at Dow Automotive Systems. Kousay studied mechanical engineering and holds an MBA from Oakland University. He was elected to the Foundation Board of Trustees in February 2016.

                              • Joyce Weishaar

                                Director, Human Resources
                                AVL North America, Inc.

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                                Joyce Weishaar

                                Joyce Weishaar’s career can best be described as one of “building bridges,” helping disparate groups and cultures find common ground across departments and around the world. Her Human Resources’ experience spans over 30 years, with the last 18 years directly focused on the automotive sector. As Director, Human Resources at AVL – the recognized leader in developing clean and efficient technologies to power the world – Joyce has worked closely with the CEO to build and maintain a cohesive senior leadership team. Since joining AVL in 2006, she has spearheaded a number of initiatives, including developing and implementing plans for North American staffing and global recruitment.

                                Prior to joining AVL, Joyce held a variety of Executive Human Resource positions within the automotive industry, including Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Collins & Aikman, a $2 Billion Tier One Automotive Supplier, and Director of Human Resources at Textron Automotive, a $2.6 Billion Tier One Automotive supplier. Throughout her career, Joyce has successfully integrated Human Resources into a strategic position of strength within the organizations she has served.

                                Joyce holds a B.A. from Oakland University’s School of Management, where she concentrated on Human Resources. She also completed an Executive Leadership Program from American International Management and has several certifications in Human Resources through the College for Creative Studies.

                                Joyce lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with her two children. She is heavily involved in fundraising for the American Cancer Society in memory of her late husband, and also gives of her time and energy to Vista Maria and Capuchin kitchens. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys, travel, golf and biking.

                                • Tim Whited

                                  Director of Business Development for the Corrosion Solutions Group, 


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                                  Tim Whited

                                  Mr. Tim Whited has spent his 40-year professional career focused in the field of corrosion control for assets owned and operated by the Oil & Gas Industry.  He began his career by developing his own corrosion control company which was ultimately sold. He is presently employed by MESA of Tulsa, OK and is Director of Business Development for the Corrosion Solutions group. His experience includes all-phases of the corrosion control services business, with a specialty of innovating new corrosion solutions and improving existing technologies. Many Oil & Gas operators in the U.S., Canada and the Middle East are valued customers. 

                                  Mr. Whited has benefited significantly from a STEM focused education, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Illinois State University. He has been a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) for most of his career. He is an inventor on four patents and has published over (10) NACE technical papers and articles.

                                  Approximately 15-years ago, Tim began an exciting journey that continues today as a passionate collector of cars from various eras. His goal has always been to collect interesting cars of all ages, experience them for a period of time, then sell and find others of interest. This passion has enabled Tim to meet a wonderful assortment of car collector enthusiasts and travel the country for many events. A major highlight of this hobby has been the tremendous honor of having two cars accepted to be shown and judged in the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2007 & 2009. Car collecting is also responsible for leading Tim to the SAE Foundation as result of the incredible experience related to the purchase of a car at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2013 where all proceeds went to the SAE Foundation.

                                  Tim resides in the mountains west of Boulder, CO and has a vacation home on Galveston Island, TX.

                                  • Adam Zemke

                                    Representative, District 55
                                    Michigan House of Representatives

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                                    Adam Zemke

                                    Adam Zemke is a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, beginning service to the 55th House District in January 2013, which includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield, and York.

                                    Before serving in the Legislature, Zemke worked as an engineer in the aerospace, defense and automotive fields. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He has served on the Dexter Township Public Safety Advisory Committee, the city of Ann Arbor’s Housing and Human Services Advisory Board and the Washtenaw County Community Action Board. Zemke first became active with the SAE International while in college, where he led the Michigan State Formula SAE team. Following the completion of his degrees, he continued to remain active with the Formula SAE program, serving as a member of the organizing committee and presentation event captain for the Michigan competition to this day.

                                    A fifth-generation Washtenaw County resident, Zemke graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor and lived in the community his entire life.

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