Dr. Kenneth Washington
Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering
Dr. Ken Washington is vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at the Ford Motor Company. Appointed in August 2014, Washington leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.
Prior to joining Ford, he was vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D.
Previously, he served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s first chief privacy officer, a role in which he built the company’s privacy program, set the privacy strategy direction and established a team of privacy professionals to execute the strategy. Washington also previously served as the vice president and chief technology officer for the Lockheed Martin internal IT organization, where he was responsible for shaping the future of the corporation’s information technology enterprise.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as chief information officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.
Washington was born in October 1960. He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.
Spotlight on Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com
Ford is at the forefront of developing sustainable technologies and next-generation personal mobility solutions. Examples include:
Blueprint for Sustainability
Ford is rolling out a range of global environmental technologies that will provide customers affordable, more fuel-efficient vehicles that emit fewer greenhouse gases without compromising safety, interior room or performance. Ford developed modeling tools to map its sustainability goals, helping to determine which technology solutions are viable over time by balancing customer wants, cost and environmental needs.
In 2009, Ford introduced the EcoBoost family of 4- and 6-cylinder engines that use turbo-charging and direct injection technology to produce the power and torque of larger displacement engines while delivering up to 20% better fuel economy and up to 15% fewer CO2 emissions. EcoBoost builds on today's affordable gasoline engines, allowing the technology to be applied across a wide range of engines and vehicles types.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Ford, along with 11 utility partners, the Electric Power Research Institute and the Department of Energy, has deployed a 20 unit demonstration fleet of Escape Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). The partnership is part of Ford's efforts to advance the commercialization of electrified vehicles. The PHEV Ford Escape uses a high-voltage, lithium-ion battery that can be recharged on standard household current and has an approximately 30 mile all electric range. Ford has announced an aggressive global strategy which will deliver five new electrified vehicles in North America and Europe by 2013.
Ford's new ECOnetic line of ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe use a combination of the common-rail diesel powertrains with other features engineered to reduce CO2 emissions to the absolute minimum. This demonstrates that favorable fuel consumption levels and significantly reduced CO2 emissions can both be achieved using conventional drive technology, coupled with a combination of fuel-saving measures. Ford of Europe already offers one of the broadest low- CO2 vehicle portfolios in Europe including the all-new Fiesta 1.6-litre 90 PS TDCi, emitting only 98 g/km of CO2.
European Vehicles Bound for North America
Ford is adding several new products to its North American lineup by the end of 2012, including smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles from Europe, such as: Transit Connect, Ford Fiesta (4- and 5-door), and the European Ford Focus (4- and 5-door). Ford's acclaimed European products are set apart by their world-class driving dynamics, exciting design and outstanding quality. With every new product, Ford is committed to be the best or among the best for fuel economy.