Bailo Receives SMDI Community Hero Award

By on March 23, 2019 in IN THE NEWS

It wasn’t only vehicles that were honored by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI).

Its Community Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life of the community. This year’s recipient was Carla Bailo, president and CEO, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and a member of the Lightweighting World Editorial Advisory Board.

Under Bailo’s leadership, CAR’s objective materials research has been indispensable in driving industry innovation. Bailo has spent 35 years making an impact in the automotive industry and continues to be a prominent resource. Her extensive and well-rounded experiences leave an abiding impression on the auto industry.

The award includes a $2,500 donation to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation to help students, educators and corporations by providing educational programs and scholarships.

The 2019 Manufacturing Leader Award recognized Doneen McDowell for her leadership as manufacturing executive director of General Motors North America. “Carla and Doneen have each made significant contributions to the automotive industry by serving as champions of high-strength steel through their innovation, leadership and customer-centric focus,” said Dr. Jody N. Hall.