At Design News, we’re big into recognition. And it’s not just an excuse to throw a party or hand out gold stars. The truth is that we love to recognize design engineers who do great things and deserve the recognition.
For more than 25 years, our magazine — in partnership with many forward-thinking companies — has been the proud sponsor of the Design News Engineering Awards Program.
So in this special awards issue, I am extraordinarily pleased to announce the finalists and the winner of the Design News 2009 Engineer of the Year Award. JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla Motors, was selected by you, our readers, for his work on an electric car that races from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and still gets more range than any electric production car in automotive history. Straubel is now spearheading the design of Tesla’s Model S, an electric sedan targeted for a 300-mile range. Read more about his accomplishments on page 44.
Straubel joins past Engineer of the Year winners such as Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and SpaceshipOne fame; Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and many other innovative technologies; and Brian Muirhead, Project Manager for the Mars Pathfinder.
Hats off as well to our three finalists for the 2009 Engineer of the Year. They all have been instrumental in bringing about revolutionary changes in the technology and processes in their respective industries — aerospace, consumer products and medical:
• Gus Kyriakos, of Aspen Avionics, for his work on bringing innovative glass cockpit technology to small aircraft.
• Tom Lange, of Procter & Gamble, for his role in reducing costs of prototyping and speeding products to market through virtual simulation.
• Tim Wojcik, of Carestream Health Inc., for his work on a compact, wireless digital radiography detector.
Also in this issue, we’re announcing the finalists and winners of our special Golden Mousetrap Awards. The contest, which is open to companies that have introduced innovative new products used by design engineers, recognizes products in more than 20 technology categories from analog control to test and measurement. Turn to page 52 to view a list of winning entries and finalists, and view lists and writeups of Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists online to read about the significance of these new products to design engineers.
My comments would not be complete without recognizing all of the design engineers who have supported this program and our publication for many years. A special thanks to all of you who voted for our Design Engineer of the Year, submitted your designs to the Golden Mousetrap Contest this year, and last — but not least — have supported and been subscribers to Design News and its website over the years.
I wish you all the best of luck in your design efforts and engineering careers, and sincerely hope to see you and your design work recognized in the pages and website of Design News in the future.