Chevron's Shawn Whitacre Selected as New Chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel

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Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, today announced that Senior Staff Engineer Shawn Whitacre has been selected as the new chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel (HDEOCP). Shawn replaces the outgoing chairman, Chevron Consulting Scientist Jim McGeehan, who has led the panel since 1987. Shawn will help to lead development of the upcoming Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) and provide guidance as the heavy duty motor oil category continues to evolve.

“While the ASTM develops categories for the North American market, these categories influence the global HDMO market”

“Shawn brings technical expertise form Chevron along with the perspective and expertise of working in fluids for an engine manufacturer at Cummins,” said Brian Stripling, General Manager of Brand, Technology and OEM, Chevron Lubricants. “His expertise will be key to generating the industry consensus that the industry must reach to continue moving forward. Jim McGeehan was instrumental in moving HDMO stakeholders to consensus over his 28-year term, and we believe Shawn’s experience will help carry on this precedence.”

Shawn has been involved with the ASTM HDEOCP since 1996, and has helped to develop five categories dating back to API CH-4. Chevron recently named Shawn as Jim McGeehan’s direct replacement when the longtime industry leader retired in June 2015. At Chevron, Shawn is primarily responsible for product formulation of the Delo® Brand of Heavy Duty Engine Oils, and is the lead formulator responsible for development of Chevron’s PC-11 product line upgrade.

Shawn’s career spans nearly 20 years focused exclusively on research and engineering dealing with heavy-duty engine lubricants, fuels, and materials. Before joining Chevron in 2013, he spent 12 years leading global fluids and materials engineering activities for Cummins. He also spent five years conducting lubricant, fuel, and emission research for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.

“While the ASTM develops categories for the North American market, these categories influence the global HDMO market,” said Shawn. “Jim has enjoyed an admirable career and I am honored to assume his responsibilities at the ASTM and at Chevron.”

Previously, Chevron consulting scientist Jim McGeehan had been Chairman of the ASTM HDEOCP, and had led the team responsible for establishing progressively improved HDMO categories that helped increase engine durability and reduce emissions. He successfully led the introduction of seven categories from API CE through API CJ-4.

This article originally appeared on Business Wire

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