L. Ray Buckendale Lecture

Established in 1953, this award provides for an annual lecture that deals with automotive ground vehicles for either on- or off-road operation in either commercial or military service. The intent is to provide procedures and data useful in formulating solutions in commercial vehicle design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance.

L. Ray Buckendale, 1946 SAE President, by his character and work, endeared himself to all who were associated with him. Foremost among his many interests was the desire to develop the potential abilities in young people. To this end, the lecture is directed primarily to the needs of young engineers and students with emphasis on practical aspects of the topic.

Sponsorship of the lecture is rotated among companies within the commercial vehicle industry. Current sponsors include:
Cummins, Inc.
Dana Holding Corporation
Eaton Corporation
Meritor, Inc.
TRW Automotive

The award consists of an honorarium, a framed certificate, and a reception following the lecture, which is presented during the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition. (Copies of the lecture are distributed to all those attending the lecture and are sent to engineering libraries throughout the U.S.)

History of the L. Ray Buckendale Lectures

2009 Paper/SP2009-01-2924
TitleEmbedded Software Engineering in Automotive and Truck Electronics
Lecturer NameAli Maleki
Lecturer CompanyArvinMeritor
Chair NameMatt Glass
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition
2008 Paper/SP2008-01-2680
TitleSystem Safety Applied to Vehicle Design
Lecturer NamePeter Goddard
Lecturer CompanyP.L. Goddard Associates, Inc.
Chair NameDaniel Williams
Corporate SponsorTRW Inc.
Location2008 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition
2007 Paper/SP2007-01-4298
TitleFoundations of Commercial Vehicle Safety: Laws, Regulations and Standards
Lecturer NameDeborah Freund
Lecturer CompanyFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Chair NameSusan Harrison
Corporate SponsorCummins Inc.
Location2007 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition
2006 Paper/SP2006-01-3545
TitleIntegrating New Emissions Engines Into Commercial Vehicles: Emissions, Performance & Affordability
Lecturer NameMatt Baus, Tony Cook, Dave Schaller
Lecturer CompanyInternational Truck and Engine Corporation
Chair NameDennis A. Kramer
Corporate SponsorArvinMeritor Inc.
Location2006 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition
2005 Paper/SP2005-01-3628
TitleDeveloping Diesel Engines to Meet Ultra-Low Emission Standards
Lecturer NameStephen J. Charlton
Lecturer CompanyCummins Inc
Chair NameBarry Lloyd
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location2005 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition
2004 Paper/SP2004-01-2708
TitleThe Federal Government's Role in Reducing Heavy Duty Diesel Emissions
Lecturer NameWilliam J. Charmley
Lecturer CompanyU.S. EPA
Chair NameThomas Stover
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location2004 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition
2003 Paper/SPSP-1816
TitleElectronic Systems Testing and Validation for Commercial Vehicles
Lecturer NameMark G. Thomas
Lecturer CompanyMotorola Automotive
Chair NameMark Cartwright
Corporate SponsorTRW Inc.
Location2003 Truck & Bus Meeting
2002 Paper/SPSP-1727
TitleElectronic System Integration and Systems Engineering
Lecturer NameLee R. Armstrong
Lecturer CompanyArmstrong Consulting, Inc.
Chair NameRichard E. Kleine
Corporate SponsorCummins Inc.
Location2002 Truck & Bus Meeting
2001 Paper/SPSP-1650
TitleCommercial Vehicle Electronics Design
Lecturer NameVern A. Caron
Lecturer CompanyCaron Engineering
Chair NameKatherine Cockey
Corporate SponsorArvinMeritor Inc.
Location2001 Truck & Bus Meeting and 2002 SAE World Congress
2000 Paper/SPSP-1567
TitleCommercial Use of Military Truck Technology
Lecturer NameRonald P. Ziebell
Lecturer CompanyOshkosh Truck Corporation
Chair NameMike Essi
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location2000 Truck & Bus Meeting and 2001 SAE World Congress
1999 Paper/SPSP-1541
TitleA Systems Approach to Engine Cooling Design
Lecturer NamePeter Kanefsky, Valeria A. Nelson, Mary Ranger
Lecturer CompanyFord Motor Company
Chair NameVern Caron
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1999 Truck & Bus Meeting and 2000 SAE World Congress
1998 Paper/SPSP-1405
TitleCommercial Vehicle Braking Systems: Air Brakes, ABS and Beyond
Lecturer NameLeonard C. Buckman, PE
Lecturer CompanyMeritor-WABCO
Chair NameThomas Toren
Corporate SponsorTRW Inc.
Location1998 Truck & Bus Meeting and 1999 SAE World Congress
1997 Paper/SPSP-1310
TitleCAE Methods and their Application to Truck Design
Lecturer NameRandal H. Visintainer; D.E. Watts; et al.
Lecturer Company 
Chair NameJim Grant
Corporate SponsorMeritor Heavy Vehicle Systems, LLC
Location1997 Truck & Bus Meeting and 1998 SAE World Congress
1996No Lecture Presented
1995 Paper/SPSP-1063
TitleAll Wheel and Four Wheel Drive Vehicle Systems
Lecturer NameWesley M. Dick
Lecturer CompanyDana Corporation
Chair NameJeff Skorupski
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1995 Truck & Bus Meeting and 1996 SAE World Congress
1994 Paper/SPSP-1011
TitleDiesel Engine Design for the 1990's
Lecturer NameDavid F. Merrion
Lecturer CompanyDetroit Diesel Corporation
Chair NameA. Holmes
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1994 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1993 Paper/SPSP-951
TitleInteraction Between Heavy Vehicles and Roads
Lecturer NameDavid Cebon
Lecturer CompanyUniversity of Cambridge
Chair NameGerald Oxley
Corporate SponsorTRW Inc.
Location1993 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1992 Paper/SPSP-913
TitleTools for Today's Engineer - Strategy for Achieving Engineering Excellence
Lecturer NameWilliam R. Carey
Lecturer CompanyEaton Corporation
Chair NameCharles P. DeLand
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1992 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1991 Paper/SPSP-868
TitleHeavy Duty Drivetrains - The System and Component Application
Lecturer NameCharles R. Jones
Lecturer CompanyDana Corporation
Chair NameRoger W. Sacket
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1991 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1990 Paper/SPSP-824
TitleHeavy Truck Cooling Systems
Lecturer NameJohn D. Real and Daniel J. Bosch
Lecturer CompanyModine Manufacturing Company
Chair NameRobert W. Hildebrand
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1990 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1989 Paper/SPSP-789
TitleAntilock Systems for Air-Braked Vehicles
Lecturer NameWilliam A. Leasure, Jr. and Sidney F. Williams, Jr.
Lecturer CompanyNHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation
Chair NameRussell C. Holmes
Corporate SponsorTRW Inc.
Location1989 Annual Congress and Truck & Bus Meeting
1988 Paper/SPSP-729
TitleHeavy Duty Truck Tire Engineering
Lecturer NameThomas L. Ford and Fred S. Charles
Lecturer CompanyGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1988 Annual Meeting
1987 Paper/SPSP-688
TitleHeavy Duty Truck Aerodynamics
Lecturer NameRichard Drollinger
Lecturer CompanyKenworth Truck Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1987 Annual Meeting
1986 Paper/SPSP-647
TitleCommercial Vehicle Electronics
Lecturer NameTrevor O. Jones
Lecturer CompanyTRW Inc.
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1986 Annual Meeting
1985 Paper/SPSP-607
TitleHeavy Truck Ride
Lecturer NameThomas D. Gillespie
Lecturer CompanyUniversity of Michigan
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1985 Annual Meeting
1984 Paper/SPSP-563
TitleDynamic Sealing Systems for Commercial Vehicles
Lecturer NameJames D. Symons
Lecturer CompanyGeneral Motors Research Labs
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1984 Annual Meeting
1983 Paper/SPSP-533
TitleIntegration of Reliability, Maintainability and Quality Parameters in Design
Lecturer NameHans J. Bajaria
Lecturer CompanyMultiface, Inc.
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1983 Annual Meeting
1982 Paper/SPSP-506
TitleEndurance Testing of Heavy Duty Vehicles
Lecturer NameRay W. Murphy
Lecturer CompanyFreightliner Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1982 Annual Meeting
1981 Paper/SPSP-479
TitleA Guide for Powerplant Installation in Trucks
Lecturer NameJohn C. Walter
Lecturer CompanyCummins Engine Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1981 Annual Meeting
1980 Paper/SPSP-454
TitleWheels for Commercial Vehicles
Lecturer NameJohn R. Kinstler
Lecturer CompanyMotor Wheel Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1980 Annual Meeting
1979 Paper/SPSP-437
TitleFront Drive Systems for 4WD Light Trucks
Lecturer NameMartin J. Hermanns
Lecturer CompanyDana Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1979 Annual Meeting
1978 Paper/SPSP-425
TitleAir Conditioning & Heating Systems for Trucks
Lecturer NameKenneth W. Cuffe
Lecturer CompanyHarrison Radiator Division of GMC
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1978 Annual Meeting
1977 Paper/SPSP-413
TitleTruck Electrical Systems
Lecturer NameRaymond E. Heller
Lecturer CompanyInternational Harvester Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1977 Annual Meeting
1976 Paper/SPSP-402
TitleHeavy-Duty Truck Suspensions
Lecturer NameE.R. Sternberg
Lecturer CompanyWhite Motor Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell International
Location1976 Annual Meeting
1975 Paper/SPSP-391
TitleThe Diesel Engine for Truck Application
Lecturer NameProfessor Phillip S. Myers
Lecturer CompanyUniversity of Wisconsin
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorEaton Corporation
Location1975 Annual Meeting
1974 Paper/SPSP-386
TitleTruck Noise Control
Lecturer NameRichard L. Staadt
Lecturer CompanyInternational Harvester Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorDana Corporation
Location1974 Annual Meeting
1973 Paper/SPSP-374
TitleThe Truck Steering System - From Hand Wheel to Road Wheel
Lecturer NameJ.W. Durstine
Lecturer CompanyFord Motor Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell
Location1973 Annual Meeting
1972 Paper/SPSP-367
TitleHuman Factors Methodology in the Design of the Driver's Workspace in Trucks
Lecturer NamePeter R. Kyropoulos
Lecturer CompanyGeneral Motors Styling
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorAutomotive Group, North American Rockwell
Location1972 Annual Meeting
1971 Paper/SPSP-363
TitlePrinciples and Design of Mechanical Truck Transmission
Lecturer NameC.M. Perkins
Lecturer CompanyEaton Yale & Towne
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorAutomotive Group, North American Rockwell
Location1971 Annual Meeting
1970 Paper/SPSP-355
TitleCommercial Vehicle Performance and Fuel Economy
Lecturer NameGary L. Smith
Lecturer CompanyGeneral Motors Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorAutomotive Group, North American Rockwell
Location1970 Annual Meeting
1969 Paper/SPSP-344
TitleDesign and Application of Commercial Type Tires
Lecturer NameJ.A. Davisson
Lecturer CompanyGoodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorRockwell-Standard
Location1969 Annual Meeting
1968 Paper/SPSP-341
TitlePlanning a Product
Lecturer NameV.G. Raviolo
Lecturer CompanyConsultant
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1968 Annual Meeting
1967 Paper/SPSP-284
TitleEngine Cooling Systems for Motor Trucks
Lecturer NameP.K. Beatenbough
Lecturer CompanyGeneral Motors Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1967 Annual Meeting
1966 Paper/SPSP-276
TitleAn Objective Approach to Highway Truck Frame Design
Lecturer NameW.J. Sidelko
Lecturer CompanyFord Motor Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1966 Annual Meeting
1965 Paper/SPSP-262
TitleDynamic Characteristics of Truck Drive Line Systems
Lecturer NameP.J. Mazziotti
Lecturer CompanyDana Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1965 Annual Meeting
1964 Paper/SPSP-251
TitleArt and Science of Braking Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Lecturer NameG.P. Mathews
Lecturer CompanyRockwell-Standard Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1964 Annual Meeting
1963 Paper/SPSP-239
TitleDesign and Application of Heavy-Duty Clutches
Lecturer NameG.R. Harting
Lecturer CompanyBorg-Warner Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1963 Annual Meeting
1962 Paper/SPSP-221
TitleDesign and Manufacture of Spiral Bevel and Hypoid Gears for Heavy-Duty Drive Axles
Lecturer NameWells Coleman
Lecturer CompanyGleason Works
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1962 Annual Meeting
1961 Paper/SPSP-186
TitleThe Design of Single-Stage, Three Element Torque Converter
Lecturer NameV.J. Jandasek
Lecturer CompanyFord Motor Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1961 Annual Meeting
1960 Paper/SPSP-172
TitleComputer-Based Selection of Balanced-Life Automotive Gears
Lecturer NameG.J. Huebner
Lecturer CompanyChrysler Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1960 Annual Meeting
1959 Paper/SPSP-134
TitlePlanetary Gearing - Basic Design Information & Typical Application to Commercial & Military Ground Vehicles
Lecturer NameOliver K. Kelley
Lecturer CompanyGeneral Motors Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1959 Annual Meeting
1958No Lecture Presented
1957 Paper/SPSP-133
TitleBearing Application for Heavy-Duty Axles
Lecturer NameR.M. Riblet and C.M. Kitson
Lecturer CompanyTimken Roller Bearing Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1957 Cleveland Section Meeting
1956 Paper/SPSP-132
TitleNew Drive Lines for New Engines
Lecturer NameWilliam Pearse Michell
Lecturer CompanyDana Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1956 Metropolitan Section Meeting
1955 Paper/SPSP-131
TitleThe Role of the Turbine in Future Vehicle Powerplants
Lecturer NameCarl George Arthur Rosen
Lecturer CompanyCaterpillar Tractor Company
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1956 Chicago Section Meeting
1954 Paper/SPSP-130
TitleDesign, Evaluation and Selection of Heavy-Duty Rear Axles
Lecturer NameK.W. Gordon
Lecturer CompanyChrysler Corporation
Chair Name 
Corporate SponsorTimken-Detroit Axcle Charitable Trust
Location1954 SAE Detroit Section Meeting
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