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Visintainer of Ford Motor named 2019 NAME Alumni Merit Awardee

Randal (Randy) Visintainer has been named the 2019 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Alumni Department Merit Awardee. | Short Read
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Randy Visintainer a 1986 NAME graduate and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer for Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC at Ford Motor Company where he leads a global team responsible for driving autonomous vehicle research and development.

Visintainer was nominated for the award by NAME Department Chair Jing Sun for being an industry leader and visionary.

Of Visintainer she says, “He has been instrumental in building the UM-Ford partnership on autonomous driving technologies, for which several NAME faculty have played an important role. We are very proud of him being a NAME alumnus. He exemplifies the NAME alumni and the values of NAME education.”

The award recognizes distinction at the department level, one award is presented annually from each academic department.

The NAME department has not only provides an outstanding foundation in engineering but also continues to push the envelope on research and technology.Randal Visintainer

Visintainer will be present to receive the award at the College of Engineering Alumni Awards on October 4th during Homecoming festivities.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” says Visintainer. “The NAME department has not only provides an outstanding foundation in engineering but also continues to push the envelope on research and technology. When I graduated in 1986, I was more than prepared for industry. I was one of the few people in Ford’s truck division who could apply CAE to durability and NVH problems. In the past 5 plus years, I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding researchers from the Department, including Professors Ryan Eustice and Matt Johnson-Roberson on Autonomous Vehicles. It has been great to see NAME leading in this critical and disruptive technology!”

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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