1999 Distinguished Service Award: Robert Bisaro

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Robert E. Bisaro
Correlation Engineering Department Manager – Vehicle Environmental Engineering Office
Ford Motor Co.
Dearborn, MI
MSMetE ’70, BSMetE ’66

Robert E. Bisaro’s work history at Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Michigan, traces the automotive industry’s timeline of developments in emissions testing. Bisaro is renowned for his work in vehicle emissions reductions, and through his accomplishments in the field, he has responded to worldwide environmental concerns.

Shortly after he joined Ford in 1967, he developed the process of induction-hardening cast-iron cylinder-head valve seats as a solution to wear problems resulting from lead’s removal from gasoline in the early 1970s.

Bisaro also helped design, develop and apply the first catalytic converter on Ford products, and led efforts to develop and implement the single-roll electric-chassis dynamometer–a design that will be the U.S. standard by 2001.

Bisaro is manager of the Ford Correlation Engineering Department in Ford’s Vehicle Environmental Engineering Office. He and his team develop emissions-test equipment used in Ford emissions laboratories worldwide.

A native of British Columbia, Canada, Bisaro received his AAS in metallurgical technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his BS and MS in metallurgical engineering from UW-Madison. He is chairman of the automotive industry’s Exhaust Emission Measurement Committee, founder and member of the American Industry and Government Emission Research advisory board, and member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also is a member of the COE’s Diversity Affairs Office advisory board, and is Ford’s UW-Madison engineering sponsor and lead recruiter.

He and his wife, Carla, have two sons: Adam and Darren. Bisaro enjoys golf, scuba diving, white-water rafting, traveling and listening to jazz with his wife. They also enjoy spending time with their new granddaughter, Alexis.