Paul S. Gritt, a highly acclaimed automotive engineer who developed a vast amount of brake-system technology during his 42-year tenure at Chrysler, is now available to address the needs of DCYI clients.

At Chrysler, Mr. Gritt was responsible for brake system sizing, modeling and performance-prediction calculations for all vehicles from 1983 to 2008. A pioneer in the application of digital technology to braking refinement, he developed the first Chrysler proprietary computer program for brake-system modeling in 1983. One year later, he developed computer modeling for height-sensing proportioning valves, a technology that helped make Chrysler’s minivan a breakthrough product. When Chrysler partnered with Daimler, Mr. Gritt integrated the Mercedes-Benz brake-system thermal-sizing criterion into Chrysler modeling programs. He also developed procedures to model variable brake-pedal ratios and non-linear brake-pedal linkages. A brake dynamometer and test-equipment expert, he created 95% of the test procedures used by Chrysler and helped develop process improvements for both suppliers and brake-related manufacturing functions in the plan.

Mr. Gritt’s experience extends beyond hardware. At Chrysler, he took lead responsibility for the development of brake-actuation quotation packages and worked closely with Chrysler purchasing when sourcing new vehicle brake components and systems. He also served as engineering lead for the Mopar Value Line brake-lining program, an endeavor that increased profits by $5 million in its first year, and worked to reduce brake system warranty costs.

Mr. Gritt has garnered numerous awards from SAE and other industry organizations and has often been called on to address national and international engineering conventions and seminars. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University.