Altair Enlighten Award

Great Minds Think Light:
The Altair Enlighten Award

Automotive industry’s only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability.

This year, the Altair Enlighten Award will honor the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that show a successful commitment in reducing the carbon footprint, mitigating water and energy consumption, as well as successful efforts in material reuse and recycling. Sparking interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, this annual award provides an environment to share the latest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

Our Partners

Car Group Automobil Industrie Automotive Engineering SAE

2021 Altair Enlighten Award Winners

Winners announced at the
CAR Management Briefing Seminars.
Click here to view more information on winning entries.

Sustainable Product

Winner (Component): Magna International
2019 RAM 1500 Active Air Deflector and Grille Shutter

Winner (Vehicle): Ford Motor Company
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Runner Up: SAIC GM Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd.
Wuling Victory

Sustainable Process

Winner: Faurecia
NAFILean Stif

Runner Up: Henkel, Nihon Parkerizing
PALLUMINA™ Metal Pretreatment Process

Module Lightweighting

Winner: Stellantis, BASF, L&L Products
2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Composite Tunnel Reinforcement

Runner Up: Rassini Suspensiones
Lightweight Multi-Material Leaf Spring

Lightweighting Enabling Technology

Winner: ArcelorMittal
GI Fortiform® 980, The 3rd Generation AHSS

Runner Up: JAC Group
JAC, SOL A5, Fastback Sports Car

Honorable Mention: US Steel
Body-in-White Assembly using U. S. Steel 980 XG3™ Gen3 AHSS

Future of Lightweighting

Winner: American Axle & Manufacturing
Electric Drive Unit (eDU)

Runner Up: Shiloh Industries
Aluminum Curvilinear Laser Welded Blank

Honorable Mention: Dura Automotive Systems
Dura Modular EV Battery Tray

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Past Participants

Our Judges

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges, led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR will chair the group of recognized industry experts to select the winning entries in all the categories.

Carla Bailo

Center of Automotive Research (CAR)

Harvey Bell

University of Michigan

Josh Brugeman

Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Brian Daugherty

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Ryan Gehm

Truck & Off-Highway Engineering Magazine
SAE International

Thomas Günnel

Vogel Communications

Gary Latham

Pratt & Miller Engineering

Dr. Deborah Mielewski


Tony Norton


Gina Oliver

Senior Director, ACC

George Panourgias


Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger

Leichtbau BW GmbH

Chris Theodore

Theodore & Associates
Automotive Industry Consulting

Dr. Frank Zhao

Tsinghua University

Past Participants

Hear from and explore previous year's entrants to the Altair Enlighten Award.


Our Partners

Award Partner:
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. CAR, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels.

Media Partner:
The »Automobil Industrie« media brand is the communication platform for management in the automobile business. The whole world of mobility is presented: Trends and highlights in production and developments in the markets. Tomorrow's vehicles and their related mobility concepts.

»Automobil Industrie« is on the lookout for new technologies and examines the opportunities for new materials. It communicates your automobile business topics in the right context and to the right partners – quickly, easily, and effectively. With its exclusive reader base, »Automobil Industrie« ensures – true to name – that your message arrives where you want it to: in the automobile industry!

Media Partner:
Automotive industry engineers and product developers are pushing the boundaries of technology for better vehicle efficiency, performance, safety, and comfort. Automotive Engineering, the flagship magazine of SAE International, is the authoritative source automotive engineers rely on to meet their technology challenges and to design the next generation of vehicles. Click here to begin your free subscription to Automotive Engineering and receive reports on the technologies and trends impacting product design and development from leading experts in the mobility space.