Top Ford engineers recognized for contributionsDearborn, Michigan (March 3, 2006)
Three Ford Motor Company engineers, Dr. Priya Prasad, Dr. Davor Hrovat and Dr. Stephen Rouhana were recently elected to two prestigious engineering boards. Together, Prasad and Rouhana are pioneering advanced safety technologies to make Ford Motor Company vehicles safer while Hrovat is developing automotive controls that improve a vehicles performance, fuel economy and safety.
Prasad, a technical fellow in Safety Research and Development, and Hrovat, senior technical leader in Powertrain Controls, were elected in February to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Prasad was elected for his contributions in automotive safety and impact biomechanics, the study of the how the human body deforms and injury occurs in vehicle crashes. Hrovat was selected for his contributions to the development of automotive controls that have led to improvements in performance, comfort and safety. Election into the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive.
"Thanks in large part to the significant work by professionals like Priya, Steve and Davor, Ford is a leader in safety innovation," says Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering. "Throughout their careers, they have dedicated their work to researching and developing advanced safety technologies. The recognition they’ve received by these two distinguished organizations underscores the importance of their contributions."
Prasad is internationally known as one of the world’s foremost experts in safety. During his 33 years with Ford, he has researched and developed occupant safety technologies, focusing on reducing injuries to the head, neck, chest and lower limbs during vehicle impacts. His work has resulted in of the development of advanced air bags, safety belts and changes in vehicle structure.