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Dr. Andrew Brown Jr., P.E., FESD, FSAE, NAE

Retired Vice President and Chief Technologist – Innovation and Technology Office

Delphi Automotive

Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr. is ret. Vice President & Chief Technologist for Delphi Automotive. Dr. Brown provided leadership on corporate innovation and technology issues to help achieve profitable competitive advantage. He also represented Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of innovation and technology including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, academia, etc. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Brown had responsibility for common policies, practices, processes and performances across Delphi’s 19,000 member technical community globally and its budget of $1.8 billion, including establishing Delphi’s global engineering footprint with new centers in Poland, India, China, Mexico, etc. In December 2014, he was inducted into the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame.

In April of 2009, SAE International’s Executive Nominating Committee named Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr. as its candidate for 2010 SAE International President. He was elected as 2010 SAE International President and Chairman in November of 2009, and was sworn into office in January of 2010. He represented 125,000 members in over 100 countries and completed his three-year commitment in January 2012.

Dr. Brown was elected to the NAE in 2002 for the effective planning and integration of large-scale, highly diverse research and engineering activities, and has served on the NAE Nominating Committee, the Charles Stark Draper Prize Committee, and the Industrial Manufacturing and Operational Systems Engineering Search Committee (as search executive). He serves as chair of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Committee on Fuel Economy of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two. Previously, he served as a member on the NAE Industrial, Manufacturing and Operational Systems Engineering Peer Committee, and the Program Committee; and the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Committee on Fuel Economy of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase One; and the Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership.

As a NAE member, Dr. Brown was appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) to serve as chair of the Committee on Fuel Economy of medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles. As part of the Energy independence and Security Act of 2007, his 19 person committee composed of noted experts and consultants from industry, academia and government policy developed a report evaluating medium-duty and heavy-duty fuel economy standards. The report includes an assessment of technologies and costs for improving such vehicles.  It was recently referenced by President Obama in his enhanced efforts on fuel economy improvement and is the foundation for the new U.S. fuel consumption and CO2 reduction targets.

Recently, Dr. Brown participated on the Cummins Science & Technology Council and currently serves on the Deere & Company Global Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (GTIAC). He was a member of the Capstone Focus Group for the DOE Quadrennial Technology Review and served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate.

Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the GM Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he was Director – Research, Administration & Strategic Futures. Also, he served as a Manger of Saturn Car Facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn, he was on the Site Selection Team and responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of this innovative manufacturing facility.

Dr. Brown began his GM career as a Project Engineer at Manufacturing Development in 1973.  He progressed in the engineering field as a Senior Project Engineer, Staff Development Engineer, and manager of R&D for the Manufacturing Staff. During this period, he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on energy systems, productivity improvement and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM, he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Incorporated, in Morristown, New Jersey.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971.  He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Wayne State in 1975 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering focused on energy and environmental engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered Professional Engineer, Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Engineering in September 1992. Dr. Brown has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).