WARRENDALE, PA-Charles J. Groeller is the 2010 recipient of the Technical Standards Board Outstanding Achievement Award. He was selected by the Truck and Bus Council for his outstanding work that has spanned more than 40 years within the Mack Truck Product Development Department. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony during the SAE 2010 World Congress.
Groeller's responsibilities within Mack were focused on the electrical architecture, electronics, and lighting systems of the vehicle and have included new model design and development, manufacturing support, fleet and field support, program manager for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Trucker Safety Advisor Lane Departure and Crash Notification, IVI Commercial Vehicle Study, and most recently, the project manager for the Refuge Market Hybrid Vehicle Program. Groeller has also been granted nine patents for technical innovations within the heavy duty trucking industry. He has been a member of SAE International for 23 years, chairing and participating in numerous recommended Practices and chairing the Truck and Bus Electrical Committee. Additionally, he also is an active member of the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) chairing and participating in the development of RP's to serve the trucking industry. Groeller also has received the prestigious TMC Silver Spark Plug award for Technical contribution to the cause of excellence in heavy duty vehicle maintenance. Recently leaving Mack, Groeller remains active in SAE International and TMC, and acts as an industry expert to the Heavy Duty Truck Industry.
The Technical Standards Board Outstanding Achievement Award, established in 1953 and administered by the SAE Technical Standards Board, recognizes individuals for outstanding service in the technical committee activities of the Society. This includes valuable contributions to the work of SAE International technical committees, unusual leadership in the activities of an SAE International technical committee, significant contributions as a representative of the Society to the accomplishments of technical committees of other organizations or of government agencies, and outstanding contributions to SAE technical committee work in the form of research, test methods and procedures, and/or development of standards. In 2003, the Technical Standards Board renamed the award title, which was Certificate of Appreciation, to the new title "Outstanding Contribution Award." Outstanding Contribution Award best reflects the prestige of this award.