ISD's Harvey Bell Wins Faculty Accomplishment Award

ISD is pleased to announce that Professor of Practice A. Harvey Bell IV has won the 2016 ISD Faculty Award. The honor, conferred on faculty who achieve a “high impact accomplishment in some meritorious area benefitting the Department and College,” was presented by ISD Chair Panos Papalambros during a recent ceremony at the division’s North Campus facility.

Among his outstanding contributions to ISD, Professor Bell teaches AUTO 501: Integrated Vehicle Systems Design, an Automotive Engineering course focused on the major systems and concepts related to the development of a vehicle in a global marketplace—an excellent fit, considering his vast experience in professional engineering and senior-level management. Outside of the classroom, Professor Bell was also recently chosen to serve as a judge for the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award, designed to recognize the year’s greatest achievements in automotive weight saving.

“We have an extremely talented judging panel ranging from Chief Engineers and Vice Chairman to Academia. The extensive backgrounds of these individuals guarantees that they will recognize innovation when it occurs,” Dr. Jay Baron, President and CEO for the Center for Automotive Research, said of the renowned group.

After spending 39 years in the automotive industry, Professor Bell’s accomplishments in academia and beyond come as no surprise. The U-M Mechanical Engineering graduate held numerous high-level positions at General Motors before returning to his alma mater, including Executive Director of Vehicle Performance and Executive Director of the Advanced Vehicle Development Center for North America. Along with his work at ISD, Professor Bell also serves as Co-Director of the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Design Program.

On behalf of ISD, congratulations, Professor Bell!