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Press Release: USCAR RECOGNIZES RESEARCH PARTNERS FROM U.S. DOE AND HIGHWOOD TECHNOLOGY AT ANNUAL AWARDS EVENT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 5, 2016 – The United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology company of General Motors, FCA US LLC and Ford Motor Company, recently recognized two external research partners at its 16th Annual USCAR Recognition Event.

The USCAR Research Partner Awards annually recognize select external collaborators, nominated by the USCAR teams with whom they work.  To qualify, the nominee must be a non-OEM collaboration partner who has worked with one or more USCAR or U.S. DRIVE (U.S. Driving Research and Innovation for the Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) teams during the previous year, and has made ‘outstanding contributions’ to a particular project or team’s ongoing work.
 
Nominees are those who have contributed unique expertise, ideas, or resources that would not have otherwise been available to OEM members. The individual's contributions generally have had a major impact on team accomplishments that have recognized value to the USCAR companies.

This year, USCAR Research Partner Awards were presented to Jesse Adams, U.S. DOE technology manager and co-chair of the U.S. DRIVE Hydrogen Storage Tech Team; and Cameron Dasch, director at Highwood Technology of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and member of  USCAR’s  U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership Validation of Material Models (VMM) Nondestructive Evaluation Team.
   
In his award presentation, Adams was cited for providing “exceptional leadership as a technology manager for a broad portfolio of projects in the pursuit of advancing hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles.”  He coordinated joint meetings on cryo-compressed hydrogen storage, which resulted in DOE issuing a request for information focused on the need for advanced insulation for cold/cryo-compressed and cryo-sorbent hydrogen and liquid natural gas systems.  In addition, Adams led the team in refining the U.S. DRIVE hydrogen storage system targets, which are critical in identifying the technologies needed for viable commercial applications.

Working with the USCAR’s Non-Destructive Evaluation Team, Dasch proposed solutions and developed working inspection capability for the carbon-fiber parts, testing coupons and structural pieces to be used in crash testing.  He also led a study to propose and test the feasibility of a structural health monitoring solution which will lead to an automated damage detection and recording system for carbon fiber structures in vehicles.  His work with the team represented efforts beyond expectations.

The awards were presented by Steve Zimmer, USCAR executive director, and members of the USCAR Council.

About USCAR

Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit www.uscar.org. 

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7/5/2016

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