Established in 2008, this award recognizes exceptional innovation and competence in powertrain design and development through the annual recognition of an engineer who has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the field. The powertrain remains the "heart" of the transportation industry. It is the singular most expensive and most complex part of every vehicle. SAE, more than any other organization, has been integral in supporting automotive engineers in their endeavors to improve transportation powertrains. This award is a logical extension of SAE's core activities. The nominee must be an engineer (employed or retired) whose professional career focuses on powertrain technology in a leadership role, and demonstrates innovation through patents, publications, and/or new products or processes. The award will recognize technical innovation and overall impact on the advancement of powertrain technology over the nominee's career. In addition, contributions made by the nominee to advance SAE's goal to further global mobility technology will be considered. Members of the Franz F. Pischinger Powertrain Innovation Award Selection Committee are not eligible for this award while serving on the committee. The award consists of a bronze plaque and a $2,500 honorarium that will be presented at the North American International Powertrain Conference (NAIPC) beginning in 2017.