DETROIT - The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., has named four recipients of its 1999 Young Leadership and Excellence Award. The honor recognizes individuals age 35 or younger who have shown potential as future industry leaders.
Recipients will be honored on Oct. 12. They are:
Michael Bastian, 31, an automation specialist in the Advanced Manufacturing Division of Ford Motor Co. Bastian adapted and implemented new technology into a plant during his first year with the division. He also launched two modular powertrain assembly lines as an engineering leader.
Bastian also implemented a program to eliminate the need to start vehicles' engines for testing at the end of the assembly line.
Katja Busch-Merino, 28, a director of sales, quality and engineering for Dana Corp. of Toledo, Ohio. Busch-Merino coordinated the establishment of Dana's FTE Mexicana manufacturing plant in Puebla, Mexico. She also developed and implemented a quality system based on the German VDA quality standard and QS-9000 specifications there.
Peter Fong, 35, Northeast regional marketing manager for Ford Motor Co. As Ford Expedition brand manager, he led the team that was responsible for the success of the full-sized sport-utility.
He now works on educational projects within Ford's alliance with the Children's Television Network, and he promotes Ford Division's national sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Race for the Cure series.
Diana Wagner, 29, program manager for an upcoming all-new vehicle at DaimlerChrysler. As an interior and electrical program manager, she helped develop the Chrysler PT Cruiser. She also has devised a process for reviewing component development.