USCAR began presenting Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2003 to recognize individuals who made significant contributions to USCAR during an extended period of time. Most recipients have been active USCAR participants for at least a decade. Their dedication, expertise and the value of their contributions to the organization and our member companies have been immeasurable.
Tom Fuhrman (GM)
Cyber Physical Systems Working Group & AUTOSAR North American User Group
Tom Fuhrman (GM) was a leader of USCAR’s electrical/electronics teams for more than a decade. He connected USCAR with the Cyber Physical Systems National Initiative, organized workshops and conferences to gather feedback and research proposals from the North American automotive community, and secured research funding from several universities and the National Science Foundation.
Fuhrman was a founding member of the AUTOSAR North America User Group, recruiting members for the task force and setting up the individual subgroups. He also led the Safety Subgroup and presented technical deep dives on safety topics in both classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR. He recruited subgroup members as AUTOSAR-based demonstrators on memory protection, timing protection and operating systems. Through his efforts, he engaged more than 15 automotive suppliers to participate in AUTOSAR North America activities.
Jack Jensen (GM)
Occupant Safety Research Partnership
Jack Jensen (GM) joined the Occupant Safety Research Partnership, or OSRP, in 1999, and chaired more OSRP Task Groups than any other individual. He was actively involved in test planning, data analysis, writing and editing the final reports of all OSRP projects. To maximize the data for repeatability and reproducibility assessments, Jensen loaned GM-owned dummies for test series conducted by other Member companies. His knowledge of instrumentation was invaluable in assuring the accuracy of recorded data, regardless of which Member company conducted the tests. He was known for offering suggestions accepted by all participants.
Jensen chaired the SID-IIs Upgrade Task Group at a point when NHTSA proposed side impact rulemaking modifications to the SID-IIs. USCAR noted their proposed Floating Rib Guide modification diminished the biofidelity of the SID-IIs and he successfully led the effort to prevent the Floating Rib Guide’s introduction in regulation. Jensen also stepped-up as a leader of the WorldSID Task Group. He remains active today and the continued success of this group, in many ways, can be attributed to his efforts.
Mark Mehall (Ford)
Business Technical Support Group
Mark Mehall (Ford) was a demonstrated leader at USCAR. He was the Business and Technical Support representative in several technology areas, including most recently Energy Storage and Hydrogen, and as a result, he was key advisor and leader to multiple teams, tech teams, working groups and contributor to countless other USCAR activities.
He was directly involved in the revisions of several hydrogen tech team roadmaps and a key member in the formation of a new Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Benchmarking Working Group. Mehall supported the Transmission and Engine Benchmarking Groups to increase budgets for their portfolio, and assisted USABC with their battery benchmarking efforts. He also contributed with the national labs and DOE outreach and the work on U.S. DRIVE.
Mehall directly facilitated the seamless transition of Ford directors and council representatives; he was a consistent leader who orchestrated these transitions with a high-level of professionalism and effectiveness. He always looked for opportunities to improve USCAR collaboration to provide the best possible results for its Members.
Frank Meinert (GM)
Aerodynamics Working Group
Frank Meinert (GM) was an active member of the Aerodynamics Working Group (AWG) for more than 12 years, serving as a company lead, chair, secretary and liaison to Vehicle Benchmarking Activity. He was a key contributor to joint projects and documents, and worked with USCAR leadership to align AWG activities with USCAR policies.
Meinert was instrumental in establishing the initial correlation among the Members’ wind tunnels, and subsequently in creating the aerodynamic benchmarking database, which currently contains data on nearly 500 vehicles and is valued at more than $5 million. He also played a lead role in the recent re-correlation of the wind tunnels. He was a key contributor to joint projects and technical papers, including co-author of the SAE Recommended Practice J2881: Measurement of Aerodynamic Performance for Mass-Produced Cars and Light-Duty Trucks, which originated with the AWG. Meinert also shared the results of his work on other world-wide correlations among full-scale and reduced-scale wind tunnels with the USCAR members.
Bill Peirce (GM)
USCAR Leadership Group & U.S. DRIVE Director
As a USCAR Leadership Group (ULG) director for 19 years, Bill Peirce (GM) was a strong advocate of the USCAR organization, and as the longest-tenured director in the history of USCAR, provided an experienced, long-term view to help guide its efforts.
Peirce was instrumental in sustaining the USCAR organization and advancing its mission. Over the years, he recruited and encouraged GM leaders to participate in USCAR, and advocated within GM for both USCAR and U.S. DRIVE. As USCAR tackled new, innovative technologies, he supported various restructuring efforts to ensure it continued to be successful. He forged new partnerships in both USABC and U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership, and laid the foundation for continued expansion of work in energy storage, aerodynamics, and manufacturing.
Peirce’s communication skills and ability to think through difficult situations made him a highly-valued member of the ULG and, more generally, USCAR. He was a champion of USCAR collaboration that brought together leading technical experts and world-class resources from both government and industry to create technical advancements that benefit the U.S. automotive industry.