SAE has nominated Rodica Baranescu, 59, to be its first woman president. She also has been elected an SAE fellow.
Baranescu is chief engineer for Navistar International Transportation Corp. of Chicago.
She joined Navistar in 1980 and has worked since as an engineer and manager committed to advancing the social acceptability of diesel engines.
Baranescu has served as chairman of the Alternative Fuels Committee for the Engine Manufacurers Association since 1983.
She joined SAE in 1980 and has served as a board member (1995-97), as a member of the International Coordinating Committee and as chair of the SAE Chicago Section (1994). She is now a member of the SAE Sections Board.
Baranescu will serve as president-nominee until member balloting is concluded in October. She then will be named president-elect, until March 2000, when she will become president.