Herzlich Award
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Herzlich Award

Nomination deadline extended! Submit your nominations by June 1, 2020. Submit here

The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Medal recognizes those innovators, who through persistence and dedication, have advanced a paradigm shift in tire manufacturing, tire reliability or performance. Many innovations are quietly reaching the factory floor and so it is the goal of ITEC to seek out individuals who go beyond abstract concepts and have been able push the evolution of tire manufacturing towards products that satisfy increasing expectations and demands.  

This award seeks to recognize an individual:
  • Whose innovation(s) has advanced a paradigm shift in tire manufacturing, tire reliability or performance; or created an innovation in rubber in general, as long as it also benefits the tire industry. This could encompass materials, technology, processing and any other aspect of the rubber-tire industry.
  • Whose innovation(s) has created a significant impact on the application side of the innovation equation
  • Whose innovation has led to a substantive or major change, rather than an incremental one
The nominee must be able to present a technical presentation on the innovation(s) and/or ongoing advances that earned he or she the award.  

All nominations will be reviewed by the judging committee:
  • Jim Popio, Vice President, North America, Smithers Materials Science and Engineering Division
  • Bob McNabb, National Sales Manager, Rubber Plants, Zeppelin Systems USA
  • John Dick, Technical Editor of Rubber & Plastics News
  • Larry Evans, Retired Research Analyst for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Co-Chair of ITEC and ITEC In Focus
  • Harold Herzlich, CEO of Herzlich Consulting and Chairman Emeritus of ITEC

The winner will receive:
  • The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Medal
  • A $1,500 honorarium
  • Up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement  

The deadline for nominations has been extended to June 1, 2020.  Submit your nominations here.

Be prepared to provide the full name of the nominee, her/his title, a photo of the nominee, the company name, his/her brief biography and a description of the innovation(s) this person has led, including the impact the innovation(s) has had on your company and the tire industry.


Herzlich Award Winner 2018

In 2018, the Herzlich Award was presented to Steve Cron, co-inventor of Michelin's Tweel technology, which re-imagined the tire with a built-in wheel made of polyurethane.

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