DETROIT -- A high-ranking engineer who oversees development of Chrysler Group's lineup of SUVs has been given the 2012 Black Engineer of the Year President's Award by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.
Ray Durham, 48, vehicle line executive -- SUV vehicles, received the award at the 26th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competitive Conference this month in Philadelphia.
"Ray is in all respects a serious, accomplished engineer with a passionate, human connection to his work, to the products he develops and to young, talented engineers in our Company," said Scott Kunselman, Chrysler Group's senior vice president for engineering.
Durham, who first joined Chrysler as a product engineer in 1988, has served in his current post since January 2011. In this position, he is responsible for the operational and business strategy for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Liberty. He is the central point of contact between engineering, program planning and strategy, product marketing, finance, manufacturing and the product design for those vehicles.