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Automotive News PACE Awards Website Open for Applications

Automotive News PACE Awards Website Open for Applications

The Automotive News PACE Awards website is now open for applications for our 25th year.
Celebrating innovations under the PACE Awards banner focuses the global industry upon the impact of the REAL and RIGHT NOW game changing products and processes. Finalists and Winners go beyond theory and lofty hypotheses when they submit applications for commercialized innovations. We judges review the best of what the industry is doing and separate those “wow” innovations from all the inventions or continuous improvement projects. We select those important innovations that OEMs and customers are using that are already providing benefits for the transportation communities and society generally.

Twenty four increasingly impactful award years of fine tuning the integrity of these PACE Awards is the perfect way to launch our 25th PACE Anniversary Year.

Thanks to APMA for their role as Exclusive Sponsor this year. Thanks again to Flavio Volpe their president for his energy and commitment.


Thanks to all the judges for the continuing recommendations for potential judge additions to our panel. I am continuing to meet and talk to a few other possible volunteers but have been successful in having two experts agree to join our unique panel or curators and animated debaters of innovation and impacts.

Please welcome Lidia Kostyniuk and Nancy Philippart. Their email address are attached. Here are their impressive shortened biographies:

Dr. Kostyniuk is a Research Scientist, Emerita in the Behavioral Sciences Group in the University of Michigan Transportation Research institute (UMTRI). She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan. Her professional career spans over 40 years and has included research, teaching, and consulting in the area of transportation safety, risky driving behavior, and mobility. Dr. Kostyniuk’s research at UMTRI addressed a wide variety of topics including crash trend analysis, occupant protection use, child safety seat use, drunk driving, commercial vehicle safety, older drivers, transportation safety policy and program evaluation. Dr. Kostyniuk directed the evaluation of the Michigan Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program that examined driving behaviors near large trucks, led a series of studies that identified key issues contributing to commercial vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries, and evaluated strategies for truck safety for the state of Michigan. Her work in occupant protection research includes field studies concerned with child restraint use and misuse, booster seat use, nighttime safety-belt use, and the effects of standard safety belt enforcement on police harassment. She also participated in the evaluation of the effectiveness of sanctions for recidivism of alcohol-impaired driving in Michigan. Other work at UMTRI included a CDC-sponsored project examining the feasibility of lowering the BAC standard and NHTSA-sponsored independent review of statistical analyses of the relationships between vehicle size, weight, and wheelbase and fatality rates. Dr. Kostyniuk is a member of the Society of Civil Engineers, and is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the journals Transportation, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and the Journal of Safety Research.

Dr. Philippart is a General Partner and co-founder of Belle Michigan. She also serves as the Executive in Residence for the Engineering Ventures program at Wayne State University where she works with student and faculty entrepreneurs and teaches in the college. She is a consultant to new business ventures and is currently on the advisory boards of several start-up companies in Southeastern Michigan. Nancy has over 30 years of experience as an engineer and executive in the automobile industry. Most recently, she was Executive Director, GM Accessories, a $1 billion plus General Motors Corporation new venture that helps sell vehicles and grow corporate profits by enabling vehicle personalization at point of sale. She has extensive experience in international management and operations, product development, strategic planning and new venture start-ups. Nancy serves as chair of Wayne State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board, is a member of Wayne State Engineering College Board of Visitors, Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and was elected President, Troy Board of Education. She has been recognized by Automotive News (Top 100 Women in Auto Industry) and the YWCA (Corporate Woman of Achievement) for her career achievements.


The fee to apply has been increased to $2000 to offset our added efforts and expenses.

Applications will be accepted from July through August. The late period and penalty fee addition of $600 will be triggered up until Sept. 8.

During this 25th application phase we will work to have a presence at industry meetings, better use APMA and other supplier organization networks. We will also have a variety of columns and articles regarding PACE innovation learnings in Automotive News. And Automotive News is working to always include a citation to previous PACE Winners and Finalists when they are mentioned in editorial content. Hopefully those PACE citations with hotlinks to the PACE application site will increase traffic and application numbers.


September 8 Application Deadline

October 12     Announcement of PACE Finalists by Automotive News at SAE’s Global Leadership Conference

October 25     Finalist Reception and Celebration in Detroit

October to
January 31     Site Visits by Assigned Judge Teams

February 19-20,
2019                  PACE Judges’ Evaluation Meeting in Dearborn (arrive morning of 19th)

April 8, 2019 PACE Winners announced at 25rd Automotive News PACE Awards Night to kick off SAE 2018 World Congress

April 9, 2019      Judges and sponsors debrief meeting at Automotive News (AM)

This year we will celebrate 25 years as well as set the stage for the next quarter century of innovations.

Please write or call me any time in the PACE cycle about ways to help us keep getting better.

The collective enthusiasm of sponsors, staff and judges helps keep our important and intensive collaborative framework.