SPE Announces “lifetime Achievement Award Winner” – Probir Guha Will Be Honored At SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala
Probir Guha, who retired in 2021 after an illustrious career in the automotive composites industry (mostly with the Budd Company, Continental Structural Plastics and Coats), has been named the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Over his almost 50 year career, he led key innovations in the field reflected by his many global patents (179 patents issued & pending as of June 19, 2022); participated in industry technical conferences presenting several papers and holding committee leadership positions; was recognized with an industry award for innovation, research and advancements with the 2019 Pioneer Award by The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA); and has edited a book where he coordinated the efforts of industry and academic experts to share concepts of how to further the composites industry.
Guha has recently formed a technology consulting company, Composites Innovations Inc., bringing the adoption of lightweight materials across multiple applications focusing on sustainability and recyclability, continuous hybrid fibers, smart composite technologies and artificial intelligence in products for continuous improvement.
His formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India; a master’s in Polymer Engineering from the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan; and a master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
“I am overwhelmed with gratitude to be honored with this highly esteemed SPE Automotive Division Lifetime Achievement award and thankful to the awesome teams of automotive engineering professionals who contributed greatly to making the many innovations I am credited with possible,” said Guha.
“Probir’s polymer composites expertise and innovative problem solving talent established the successful application of SMC (Sheet Molded Compound) on the innovative Pontiac Fiero body pioneering its use in numerous automotive applications with multiple OEMs,” said Dave Reed P.E, who worked for General Motors (GM) for 45 years in Materials Engineering and received the SPE Automotive Div. Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
“Probir was an industry leader in composites technology, leading the development and launch of Tough Class-A SMC for body panels, structural SMC for composite pick-up boxes and numerous innovations in glass and carbon fiber reinforced composites. His career achievements are prodigious and he is a worthy recipient of this award,” said Mark Lapain, Sr. Business Development Manager at Advanced Composites and SPE Lifetime Achievement Award Chair.
“Probir has been the leader enabling and guiding many game-changing polymer innovations recognized in the SPE Automotive Innovations Awards program over the years,” said Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Celanese and SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Chair. “It’s wonderful and well deserved that Probir will be recognized as our 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.” https://speautomotive.com/
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