DETROIT - Eric W. Curtis, technical leader and manager, Engine Powertrain Systems Research group, Research & Advanced Engineering, was elected as a 2012-2013 Fellow by the SAE and recognized for his achievement during an induction ceremony held at the SAE 2013 World Congress.
SAE Fellow is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International. It recognizes outstanding engineering, scientific and leadership accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace and commercial vehicle technologies. Approximately 20 recipients worldwide are recognized for the honor each year.
“When I was notified that I had been named an SAE Fellow, I was surprised, excited and humbled to join such a distinguished group, and very much appreciative to my nominator and those who provided support for my nomination,” said Curtis. “I believe SAE is the top automotive industry professional society and encourage everyone in the industry to participate and get involved.”
In his role at Ford, Curtis is responsible for developing new engine technologies for both spark-ignited and compression ignition engines, primarily in the area of boost system and air-path technologies. He is also responsible for the development and application of powertrain simulation tools and methods for optimum vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions.
Curtis has been with Ford for 18 years. He has worked on a number of projects in the area of cold start and transient fuel mixture preparation, air-fuel ratio control and cold start emissions optimization for both port fuel injected and gasoline direct injected spark-ignited engines. He also has been involved in advanced engine technology assessments for fuel economy and is a Ford certified 6-Sigma Black Belt with a specialty in Design for 6-Sigma methods.
Curtis, who earned his doctorate degree at the Engine Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, has been a member of the SAE since 1995. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 external publications, including 21 SAE papers. He is also listed as an inventor or co-inventor on 11 U.S. Patents, primarily in the area of mixture preparation and controls for port fuel injected and direct injected spark-ignited engines.
Curtis received the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for his 2006 paper on the interaction between VCT and mixture preparation during cold start. He also has received two Ford Technical Achievement Awards and a Henry Ford Technology Award, Ford’s highest internal award for technical achievement.