May 18, 2006
Ford engineer wins Engineer of the Year Award for hybrid work
Dearborn, Michigan – Tom Watson, leader of the Ford Motor Company powertrain team that developed the Escape Hybrid, has been named Engineer of the Year 2006 by Design News magazine.
“The gentleman who claims to have invented the Apple iPod was a contender as well,” Watson says. “I was absolutely convinced there was no way to beat one of the most popular small electronic devices that’s on the market right now.”
Watson, who started as an engineer with Chrysler in 1984 and moved to Ford in 1989, was given the job to lead a team of 200 scientists and engineers in 1998 to build the company’s first hybrid. The team produced the vehicle in five years.