Michigan’s Best Engineer of the Year Selected

Winner will be honored Thursday, February 19, 2009 Rock Financial Showplace, Novi

Southfield, Mich., February 05, 2009 – After careful consideration, The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and its Affiliate Council have selected the recipient of the 2009 Gold Award. The award is the ESD Affiliate Council’s most prestigious tribute given to an outstanding engineer or scientist.

This year’s winner is Suresh Shah, PhD, a Senior Technical Fellow at Delphi Corporation. During his 23-year tenure with General Motors Corporation and Delphi, he has developed innovative plastic materials and process technologies for the interior, door system, seat system, exterior and under-the-hood of the vehicle.

Dr. Shah’s work has resulted in significant reduction in vehicle fuel and energy consumption, as well as cost savings in material, production and manufacturing. He has earned 24 US patents, 10 Defensive Publications and 10 trade secrets.

In May 2001, the International Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) honored Dr. Shah with the designation of “Fellow of the Society,” which is the highest technical honor in the plastic industry. In 2004, Dr. Shah received Honored Service Member (HSM) from SPE. In 2000, he was selected “Who Is Who In Plastics” by SPE And Technomic Publishing Company. His team’s innovations were nominated two times for “Boss Kettering” Award at GM, a very prestigious award for bringing innovation into production and significant impact on profits. Several of his team’s innovations also received prestigious awards by national and international level organizations.

In addition to Dr. Shah, 36 other engineers and scientists will receive awards for their contributions to their industries during the 38th Annual Gold Award Banquet slated for Thursday, February 19, 2009 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $49 per person or $450 for a table of 10.

ESD’s Affiliate Societies comprise of 72 different technical societies and more than 30 construction and design associations.

For more information about any of the award recipients or the Gold Award winner, please contact Della Cassia at 248-353-0735, ext. 112.

Founded in 1895, ESD is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders. Serving this generation of engineers and fostering the next. For more information, visit www.esd.org.