U.S. Army Energy Hub Features Battery Technology at SAE 2009 World Congress


DETROIT ARSENAL, WARREN, Mich., April 17, 2009 – U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) professionals have played a major role in the development of Lithium-ion battery systems – emerging technology behind the recent announcement by Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office of more than 6,600 possible jobs coming to Michigan.

TARDEC works with industry, academia and government agencies to increase energy flexibility and security for the Nation. It has several Small Business Innovation Research and Cooperative Research and Development Agreement programs, an investment of more than $543 million, with industries to include those in the automotive manufacturing arena.

TARDEC alternative energy and ground vehicle propulsion subject-matter experts will be at TARDEC’s Energy Hub booth (No. 601) during the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) 2009 World Congress, Cobo Center, April 20-23.

Additionally, vehicles on display will include a hybrid-electric High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle and a Reconnaissance Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle. New power-management and energy storage technologies and advancements in wind and solar-powered capabilities will also be on display.

The following senior TARDEC leaders will be available for interviews.

Dr. David J. Gorsich: He is the Army’s Chief Scientist for Ground Systems Integration. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, an M.S. in applied mathematics from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published more than 140 scientific articles, including over 30 peer-review journal articles. His many awards and honors include SAE Fellow (being honored at the awards ceremony Tuesday evening), five Commanders Coins and an Army Research, Development and Acquisition Award for “Innovations in Ground Vehicle Signature Research.”

Thomas Mathes: Executive Director for Product Development at TARDEC. He has a B.S. in design and is a member of the SAE, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association of the United States Army and National Defense Industrial Association.

Paul F. Skalny: Director of the National Automotive Center at TARDEC. He holds a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in industrial engineering/operations research from Wayne State University. Skalny is an Army Acquisition Corps member and has twice been awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Colonel (Ret.) Chuck Coutteau: Acting Associate Director of the Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility Directorate within TARDEC’s Research Business Group.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an M.S. in defense systems analysis and acquisition from the Naval Post Graduate School, and an M.S. in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is an Army Acquisition Corps member.

For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact Anne Proctor at (586) 838-2294, anne.proctor@us.army.mil or Bill Dowell at (586) 838-2304, william.dowell2@us.army.mil.

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