Two Visteon Employees to be Honored By Society of Automotive Engineers

Two engineers from the Dearborn, Mich.-based Visteon Corp. will be honored with the Forest R. McFarland award on Tuesday, March 9, at the Honors Convocation during the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress & Exhibition in Detroit.

Bryan Dodson, associate director of product development quality engineering, and Jack Stein, systems engineer, advanced cross-systems engineering, will be presented with the McFarland Award, inaugurated at the 1980 SAE World Congress.

Dodson is being recognized for his outstanding leadership in SAE since 1998. Dodson developed the Accelerated Testing Conference, which has been a part of the SAE World Congress for the past four years. This conference addresses industry efforts to correlate accelerated testing methods with real-world results.

Dodson joined Visteon in October 2000 as a senior manager in the company's product reliability office. In April 2001, Dodson became associate director for product development quality. He is a licensed professional engineer; an ASQ (American Society for Quality) certified reliability engineer, ASQ certified quality engineer, and an ASQ fellow. He has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, a master's degree in industrial engineering, and a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University. Additionally, Dodson has a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Stein will be recognized for his leadership in SAE activities since 1987. Stein founded and is the current organizer of the Automotive Electronic Systems and Reliability technical session held annually at the SAE World Congress. He is chairman of the SAE Automotive Electronic Systems Reliability Standards Committee and U.S. delegate to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) working group that recently completed development of international road vehicle standard ISO 16750, Environmental Conditions and Testing for Automotive Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Stein has served in several roles over his 20-year involvement with SAE, including 12 years as the Ford/Visteon SAE company representative and 10 years as secretary and sub-committee leader for the Automotive Electronic Systems Reliability Standards Committee, among other positions. Additionally, he is a Level 2 SAE Ambassador, having sponsored 22 new SAE members and is a recipient of SAE Mid-Michigan Section Donald C. Scoville Award for outstanding governing board achievement.

Stein joined Ford/Visteon in 1989 and has worked in various areas of electronics engineering, including standards development; advanced product development process design; and quality, reliability and systems engineering.
He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Stein is currently working toward a master's degree in quality/reliability engineering from the University of Arizona.

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