Chrysler Engineer Named “Black Engineer of the Year”

23 Feb

U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2012 Black Engineer of the Year President’s Award (BEYA) to Ray Durham, Vehicle Line Executive – SUV Vehicles, Chrysler Group LLC. Durham and other 2012 BEYA recipients were honored at the 26th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala on Feb. 18 in Philadelphia, Penn.

The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. Chrysler Group has been the exclusive sponsor of the BEYA Gala for nearly two decades. Durham is the latest in a long list of BEYA-winning engineers at Chrysler Group.

“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 G. Kunselman, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. “Ray’s vision, drive and technical expertise has made him a valuable member of the Chrysler Engineering Team and a respected leader across the Company.”

Durham was appointed Vehicle Line Executive – SUV Vehicles in January 2011. In this position, he is responsible for the operational and business strategy for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Liberty products. He is the central point of contact within a cross-functional development team comprised of engineering, program planning and strategy, product marketing, finance, manufacturing and the product design office. Durham first joined the former Chrysler Corporation as a product engineer in 1988.

“I owe much of who I am to my parents, who taught me to strive to be the best I can be and to never accept mediocrity. And I owe thanks to the strong African-American leaders who met adversity and paved the way for my success,” Durham said. “Inspired by these outstanding people and role models, I know that it is my responsibility to lead and inspire the next generation. Our work is never done, and it is, indeed, a labor of love.”

The magazine also honored Modern Day Technology Leaders (MDTL) at the conference, “bright, high performance, women and men shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology who demonstrate superior technical skills and leadership capability, generally at professional through senior manager levels.”

The following Chrysler Group engineers received this prestigious MDTL recognition:
• James Gholston, Manufacturing Manager, Toledo North Assembly Plant
• LaMarcus Keels, Manufacturing Manager, Trenton South Engine Plant
• Jacquelyn O’Neal, World Class Manufacturing Pillar Lead, Toledo North Assembly Plant
• Jacqueline Marshall, Environmental Compliance Specialist, Stationary Environmental Affairs

Source: Chrysler Group LLC

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