Corporate Communications Office
Chrysler World Headquarters
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Powertrain Synthesis Manager Mark J. Duty, a 1987 LSSU engineering graduate, has been named winner of the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award, given to holders of Chrysler Group’s most outstanding patents.
Duty, a 47-year-old engineer who joined the company in 1996, earned the prize – his second – for work on the Powertrain Matching Analysis Toolset. Known within Chrysler Group as PMAT, it helps identify engine-transmission pairings that afford the most bang for the customer’s buck.
It is the first time since 2008 that the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award has been bestowed. It now resumes its place on Chrysler Group’s annual calendar of events.
“Excellence is the foundation of this house,” said Chrysler Group CEO and Chairman Sergio Marchionne. “To maintain our momentum, we will need more examples of the vision reflected in the innovations we honor today. Accordingly, the leadership team renews with enthusiasm its support of the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award.”
Chrysler Powertrain Synthesis Manager Mark J. Duty ('87)
Duty already has his name etched on the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award’s distinctive trophy. He shared the prize in 2007 for his work on Chrysler Group’s Fuel-Saver cylinder-deactivation technology.
His latest work, PMAT, reduces the need for physical testing by employing a reverse tractive, multi-state dynamic optimization process to deliver objective performance assessments. The simulation tool also automatically optimizes powertrain and vehicle combinations.
Benefits include critical time- and cost-savings, key criteria considered by judges. Other criteria range from a patent’s uniqueness, to its impact on the customer.
PMAT helped prove Chrysler Group’s ground-breaking 8-speed automatic transmission was a natural mate for the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. The celebrated combination helps Chrysler Group deliver best-in-class fuel economy in key segments such as full-size pickups (Ram 1500) and full-size sedans (Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger).
Judging for the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award – first bestowed in 1994 – is performed by a panel of more than 80 Chrysler Group subject experts, along with previous award winners.
The panel reviews every Chrysler Group patent approved during the previous year and identifies a group of finalists, from which senior management selects a winner.
This year, the judges reached back more than three years to pick four finalists from among 244 U.S. patents approved between 2007 and 2012.
Chrysler Group gives an honorarium to all employees whose patents are approved by the U.S. Patent Office. They also receive a commemorative plaque from the company.
Winners of the Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award receive a commemorative medallion and have ribbons affixed to their plaques. Their names also are etched on a trophy displayed at Chrysler Group headquarters.
CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Eric Mayne, Chrysler Corporation, e-mail, 248-512-6660.