Another Nigerian Achiever: Dr. Patrick Usoro

As sent to OluFamous.Com by Dr. Joseph Oni.
Dear Olu Famous, I want to share the following with you as a pride of Nigeria that is not yet discovered. Dr. Usoro was my classmate between 1971 and 1974 in Ahmadu Bello University during our undergraduate years. Below is an excerpt of his achievement.
2008 Walston Chubb Award for Innonvation Patrick Usoro is a Technical Fellow at the General Motors R&D Center in Warren, Michigan. He joined GM R&D in 1985 and has led technical innovations in power train dynamics and control, transmission mechanism synthesis, advanced hybrid systems, mechatronics, and mechamatronics - a GM key strategic technology area that he initiated.

His focus is on innovative technologies to enhance function, performance, efficiency and cost of future vehicle systems. He holds more than 160 U.S. patents and has published more than 50 technical papers and reports. Many of his innovations have been implemented on GM products and have earned him the GM R&D Master Inventor Platinum Award, Campbell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science and McCuen Special Achievement Awards for Extraordinary Technical Accomplishments. 

His other honors include the GM Chairman's Best-of-the-Best Honors award for development of an innovative magneto-rheological fluid fan drive; and GM "Boss" Kettering top technical honor awards for an active driveline damping system and for pioneering work in mechanisms synthesis which led to the generation of novel multi-speed transmissions, including GM's six-speed front-wheel-drive automatic transmission that offers significant cost and vehicle fuel economy benefits. 

In 1996 he was recognized as the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year for outstanding technical contributions. Usoro is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers and Sigma Xi. He served as chairman of the ASME Energy Systems Committee and as associate editor of the ASME Journal of DynamicSystems, Measurements and Control. He was appointed to the National Science Foundation Committee of Visitors for the Dynamic Systems and Control program. 

Since 2004 he has served as a commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the body that accredits engineering programs in universities across the U.S. and globally.

Dr Patrick Usoro has this Patent Abstract:
The family of transmissions has a plurality of members that can be utilized in powertrains to provide at least eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio. The transmission family members include three planetary gear sets having seven torque-transmitting mechanisms, two interconnecting members, and a grounded planetary gear member. The powertrain includes an engine that is selectively connectable to at least one of the planetary gear members and an output member that is continuously connected with another one of the planetary gear members. "


Joe Oni, PhD