GM invited members of the Engineering Society of Detroit out to the Proving Gounds in Milford for test drives. There were 11 Volts and they paired us up for a test drive out into Milford and down to Lake Kensington and out on to I 96 for a few miles and then circled back to the Proving grounds. Everyone was excited by their drive and we were told that virtually every one on the development team had their order in on the new vehicle. It is being built in the Hamtramck/Detroit Cadillac Plant that Coleman Young fought for and the lithium ion Battery Packs are being built in a new Brownstown plant nearby.
Absolutely, and unequivocally, the new Volt is the finest and most completely engineered automobile ever created on Planet Earth. In driving it you know that you have met the future and it is now, now. Clearly it is the most, functionally, socially, environmentally, ecologically, ergonomically responsible, ingenious automobile ever created, and it is slick, solid and as quiet as a church mouse.
It should be pointed out that Bob Lutz made this possible. He has been such a magnificent Engineer and Architect of many fine vehicles, the very special thing about him is that although while he does know his descriptive geometry, kinematics, electronics, and many other crucial things he has an overriding and comprehensive sentience about what people need and want, This should still be put to use and not manipulated out by an ambitious and political men at the top. Besides, he looks fantastic in the Converj. ;D
Kudos and Credits to the design team at GM
Andrew Farah, Volt Chief Enginee
Bob Boniface - Director of Volt Design
Pamela Fletcher - Chief Engineer, Voltec Propulsion System
Mike Katerberg - Assistant Powertrain Chief Engineer (1.4L Engine)
Nate Fitzpatrick - Program Engineering Manager (brakes, body structure, electrical and more)
Scott Miller, Vehicle Performance Manager
Born in Detroit Michigan 1938
Raised on Grosse Ile
- General Motors Institute, Co-op sponsored by GM Corporate Engineering Staff/Car Development.
- Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts
- University of Michigan College of Design and College of Architecture, B Arch. 1964
- Advanced studies in Urban Planning at Wayne State University.
- Worked on the Restoration of the Assembly Room of the Philadelphia State House (Independence Hall).
- Worked on the Planning of the Detroit Medical Center, Atlanta Airport, H2Factory, Ave Maria University.
- Worked in various Michigan Architectural firms, large and small. Boutique to Big Mainstream.
- Chief Architect of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
- Developed logic diagrams (CPM) for the entire AEC process. Identified the 21 Building Systems in Architecture.
- Set up and Scheduled a 600,000sf Medical School for SUNY Stonybrook. Nine months from Program to doors open.
- (That is 11 football fields of Building... record breaking. Not surpassed.)
- Written up in the Harvard Business Review in Coming Trends in Construction.
- Set up Michigan's first authentic Construction Management firm Kenny/Dickens. Built the CCS school 94,000 sf
- In private practice, Island Architect, designed Houses, Office Buildings, Historic Restoration work.
- Called the Wild Man for setting up a single click interface in Microstation. (CAD).
- Worked on the Development of the i41CX+, the world's finest programmable calculator.
Not in Retirement, never will be.
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