Manager, electrified propulsion systems implementation, Ford Motor Co.
Chosen because: Robert Iorio began his Ford career in 1988 as a manufacturing engineer in the electronics division. Today he is working on Ford's new family of electrified vehicles, the 2012 Focus Electric, 2013 C-Max hybrid electric and Energi Plug-In and 2013 Fusion hybrid electric and Energi Plug-In.
In 2010, Iorio and his calibration team won the Hermance Award for the Ford Fusion Hybrid, creating an industry benchmark for overall hybrid-powertrain function and refinement. The Hermance Award panel said: "Ford's engineers did a remarkable job in smoothing the transitions from combustion engine to electric drive, including stop/start, acceleration and cruising."
Quote: "My engineers keep Ford's patent attorneys busy with new ideas almost daily. They are charged with the responsibility to ensure our electrified vehicles have a dynamic soul, and are not just quiet cars with fancy motors."