Feb. 2, 2009 — The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has presented its Forest R. McFarland Award to J. Kevin Brunner, a staff engineer in the Fuel Performance Evaluations Section of the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). Brunner is a 2008 recipient of the award, established to honor the late Forest R. McFarland for his many contributions to SAE.
The award, given for outstanding contributions to the SAE Engineering Meetings Board (EMB), recognizes Brunner's contributions to the planning, development, and dissemination of technical information through technical meetings, conferences, and professional development programs. Brunner's dedicated service of more than 15 years focuses on the Powertrain Fuels and Lubricants Activity, where he provided reviews of countless papers and successfully administered the mediation of several controversial issues.
Brunner came to SwRI in 1988 following employment at Kelly Air Force Base as an engineer. A specialist in fuel performance and deposit tendencies, Brunner also has conducted fuel evaluations involving octane number requirement and increase, cold-start driveability and fuel weathering.
The coauthor of several SAE papers, Brunner holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University Kingsville. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials and Tau Beta Pi.
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