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AN: Duty wins revived Tech Award, Dourra gets Lifetime Achievement

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Chrysler Group announced the first new Walter P. Chrysler Technology Award to be given since 2008; it is awarded to those who hold Chrysler Group’s most impressive patents. This is the first time the award has been given since 2008. Mark J. Duty won the award for his work on the Powertrain Matching Analysis Toolset (PMAT), which cuts the need for physical testing of engines and transmissions, automatically optimizing powertrain and vehicle combinations. PMAT helped determine the eight-speed automatic transmission’s pairing with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Duty graduated from Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) and joined Chrysler in 1996. This is his second W.P.C. award, the first being shared in 2007 for the cylinder-deactivation system used on the Hemi. The W.P.C. Technology Award was first given in 1994; the judges are over than 80 Chrysler experts and previous award winners. This year, the panel chose four..

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