Ford Honors The MathWorks with Henry Ford Technology Award

9/29/2003 - The MathWorks announced that its Model-Based Calibration Toolbox has received Ford Motor Company's Henry Ford Technology Award (HFTA). Ford's UK-based Powertrain CAE team was honored with the prestigious award for the development of its new Model-Based Calibration (MBC) technology for calibrating complex powertrains, which was created using The MathWorks Model-Based Calibration Toolbox.

Over a five-year period, The MathWorks worked with the Ford Powertrain CAE team at its Research and Development Center to develop the MBC technology, which is embodied in the Model-Based Calibration Toolbox. The MBC methodology has quickly become a standard for complex powertrain system calibration, not only within product development at Ford, but with other major companies within the automotive industry.

"Our close cooperation with Ford has fostered an environment in which technical excellence has flourished, producing a ground breaking commercial product while providing enhanced functionality to meet stringent vehicle program deadlines," said Richard Rovner, vice president of marketing, The MathWorks. "The MBC technology is an excellent example of how The MathWorks continually strives to develop state-of-the-art methods that enable engineers to perform complex tasks in a friendly and accessible environment."

The Henry Ford Technology Award is the highest honor bestowed by Ford to its employees in recognition of their exceptional technical contributions. Ford Motor Company established the HFTA as part of an effort to provide greater management attention to, and recognition of, exceptional technical contributions by employees. The award distinguishes MBC for the major contributions the new technology is making to productivity improvements throughout Ford's business worldwide.

About the Model-Based Calibration Toolbox
Built on MATLAB® and Simulink®, the Model-Based Calibration Toolbox provides analytical tools to support the calibration of complex powertrain control systems. Using the Model-Based Calibration Toolbox, engineers can develop a calibration process for systematically generating calibrations that trade off engine performance, emissions, and fuel economy in an optimal fashion.

About The MathWorks
The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB® and Simulink®, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.

The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs over 1000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit

MATLAB, Simulink, Stateflow, Handle Graphics, and Real-Time Workshop are registered trademarks, and TargetBox is a trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.

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