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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 1, 2017 – 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 three external research partners at its 17th Annual USCAR Recognition Event (July 27).

Those recognized were Gloria Bucciero, owner and chief executive officer of Bucciero and Associates in Troy, Michigan; Richard ‘Barney’ Carlson, research engineer at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Mehdi Shafiei, lead scientist and competency  group leader at Novelis Inc.’s Global Research and Technology Center in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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.

Awardees are deemed to 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.

Bucciero was recognized for her work with the USCAR Finance Stakeholders, the U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and U.S. Automotive Battery Consortium LLC.  As lead business and accounting associate, involved with USCAR since 1988, she was honored for her work in assisting both teams in securing competitively quoted U.S. Department of Energy awards and helping to develop statements of work, contract terms and conditions and other documentation and reports. She was cited for earning “the respect and admiration” of the teams she serves and was lauded for her “dedicated service and contributions.”

Carlson was recognized for his work as a testing team member with the U.S. DRIVE Grid Interaction Technical Team. He was a key leader in prioritizing budgetary and execution requirements for bench testing various new wireless power transfer (WPT) technologies for charging electric vehicles, leading correct engineering requirements being incorporated into the SAE J-standard currently under development. In addition, he coordinated all aspects of the project, which required resource coordination with INL and six participating facilities.

Shafiei was recognized for his work as a member and principal investigator on the Stamping Die Material Assessment for Structural Aluminum Team for which he initiated and led a fundamental study of galling of sheet aluminum on production pierce punches and developed preventative solutions.  His research and investigations showed that magnetron puttered diamond-like carbon coatings were effective in prevention of galling in pierce and trim tools and were adopted into standards for processing dry-film-lubricated aluminum sheet. It was determined that optimized forming, trim and punch tools, using guidelines from this research, would result in significant savings for aluminum-intensive vehicle programs, potentially enabling volume ramp-up.

The awards were presented by USCAR Executive Director Steve Zimmer, the USCAR Council and members of the USCAR teams in which the partners participated.


Now in its 25th year, 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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