SAE-AEMVolvo Construction Equipment's Stephen Lanahan has been awarded the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award for 2018.

Lanahan holds the title of Design Engineer II and works out of the company's Shippensburg, Pennsylvania location, and he received the award at the SAE 2018 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress recently held in Rosemont, Illinois.

“We are pleased to support SAE, and this award is part of our efforts to promote workforce development and excellence,” said Mike Pankonin, AEM senior director of technical and safety services. “Stephen has demonstrated solid leadership skills and initiative, as well as being actively involved in SAE volunteer programs in local schools.”

During his five-year tenure with Volvo, Lanahan has played a part in various cost reduction, product maintenance and product development projects focused on compaction machines. Starting out as part of the company's mechanical engineering team, he worked on both soil and asphalt compactors with an emphasis on hoods and exteriors, designing parts with plastics and sheetmetal. Over the past three years, he has been part of the cross-functional team responsible for design of large soil compactors.

Lanahan completed his undergraduate studies at York College of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. An internship at Volvo Construction Equipment, while attending York College, led to his full-time position within the organization.

“I am most inspired by the challenges that lie ahead for the mobility engineering industry,” Lanahan said. “In the coming years, exciting new design problems which come to light will drive more thinking ‘outside the box’ and the development of unique design solutions to do it safer, faster and cheaper.”

AEM and SAE International established the award in 1996 to recognize an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry. SAE administers the award under the auspices of its Engineering Meetings Board in cooperation with AEM.

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