DETROIT, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Michael Wheeler, director of research in aluminum and automotive for Alcan, was honored tonight with The Aluminum Association's service award. Wheeler was selected to win the first annual Marlan Boultinghouse Service Award, which was established by the association's Board of Directors in 1998 to honor the late ARCO President. Boultinghouse was a long-time member of the organization's Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and numerous other committees and divisions. Boultinghouse passed away in July 1998. In describing Wheeler's contributions, Board member Joe Viland, chairman of the award's selection committee and president of Wabash Alloys, said, "Mike has been the single-most durable and persistent, technical advocate for the use of aluminum in automotive. He has been tireless in his efforts over his 20-plus-year career." Wheeler has led Alcan's development of aluminum materials and enabling technology for aluminum intensive vehicles since the inception of these programs by Alcan in 1982. In 1996, he was appointed Director of Research for Alcan International. He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, and has held senior positions in both the Banbury and Kingston research and development centers of Alcan. He presently lives in Canada. Wheeler was nominated by an association colleague from Alcoa. The nomination pointed out Wheeler's participation in the 20 Aluminum Association Design Seminars; representing the association in the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles; initiating a scrap sorting project via the newly- formed Automotive Aluminum Alliance with the auto industry; and many other contributions. "Mike is often called upon to speak on behalf of the industry," Viland said tonight. "When he does, and regardless of the audience, his presentations exude competence, integrity, and inspire confidence in the audience." The Aluminum Association, based in Washington, D.C., represents primary and secondary producers of aluminum, as well as semi-fabricated products. Member companies operate approximately 200 plants in 35 states.
SOURCE Aluminum Association