Dwight Blaser Meritorious Service Award

Jeff Hemphill receives Blaser award from Giorgio Rizzoni
Jeff Hemphill (right) accepts 2022 Blaser Award from Giorgio Rizzoni

The Dwight Blaser Meritorious Service Award is presented annually to individuals whose sustained and extraordinary personal services have had a significant and lasting effect on the advancement of Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

Dwight Blaser, PhD, was an alumnus of The Ohio State University. He was also a retiree of the General Motors Corporation where he served as the director of research and development. Additionally, Blaser had been a member of the CAR External Advisory Board since its establishment in the mid-1990s. To recognize Blaser’s generous gift of time, experience and wisdom, CAR created an award in his name.




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  • 2022: Jeff Hemphill, Chief Technical Officer, Schaeffler in the Americas
  • 2021: Dean Emeritus, David Williams, The Ohio State University College of Engineering
  • 2019: Transportation Research Center Inc.
  • 2018: Yann Guezennec, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Engineering
  • 2017: Peter Olin, chief engineer for Delphi Advanced Engineering Americas and John Kirwan, chief engineer for Delphi Powertrain Advanced R&D
  • 2016: Lori Herman, Global University Research Programs (URP) manager, Ford Motor Company
  • 2015: Gary Parker, Director, Powertrain Systems Cummins Inc.
  • 2014: Cynthia Bonsignore, Sponsored Program Officer, The Ohio State University College of Engineering
  • 2013: Dave Tatman, General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager, General Motors Corporation
  • 2012: Rick Renwick, Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company Global Engine Engineering
  • 2011: Kenneth P. Dudek, CEO, CAR Technologies, LLC
  • 2010: Robert E. Lee, Senior Vice President, Chrysler Group, LLC
  • 2009: James Wolever, Chief Engineer, Honda America Manufacturing
  • 2008: Mark Schwabero, President, Mercury Marine