The Autoblog Technology of the Year judging panel has been assembled to include a mix of automotive industry and technology experts. Over the coming months we expect to spend countless hours on physical testing and heated debates among the board of judges, evaluating the best technological innovations in the auto industry. We will keep you updated throughout the process as we receive nominations highlighting new systems and significant upgrades from both automakers and suppliers. Keep us on our toes and get those nominations in!
Sharon Silke Carty
Editor-in-Chief, Autoblog & AOL Autos
Sharon Silke Carty is the Editor-in-Chief for Autoblog. She has written about cars for a decade, writing for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and Dow Jones. She was a 2008 fellow with the Stanley Foundation, traveling to India to study economic issues in the developing world and the Indian auto industry. She also was a 2010 fellow with the East-West Center, traveling to Korea to delve into global economic issues, including visits to the Korean automakers. She does frequent media appearances, including interviews on NPR's "On The Media" and Fox Business News. Carty lives outside Ann Arbor, Mich., with her husband, Jim, and their three children.
Executive Editor, Autoblog
Following stints as a television news producer and a record company publicist, Chris Paukert has spent almost his entire career in automotive web publishing, working with some of the print world’s greatest automotive writers and editors. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded him as Editor-in-Chief of Winding Road, a pioneering digital car magazine, before joining Autoblog as Executive Editor in December, 2008. Paukert was elected to the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards in 2010
Creator and Executive Producer, TRANSLOGIC
Adam Morath is the creator of TRANSLOGIC, an award-winning transportation technology video series and blog featured on AOL Autos. Before joining AOL Adam created car videos and photography for Winding Road Magazine, an online publication then run by the Dean of automotive journalism, the late David E. Davis, Jr. Adam is a native metro-Detroiter, residing in historic Grosse Pointe Park, Mi., with his wife, Natalie, and their dog.
Consumer Editor, AOL Autos
Michael Zak is the Consumer Editor for AOL Autos. A native of metro-Detroit and currently an Angelino, Michael has been a long-time follower of the auto industry and thinks there is very little in life that can beat the feeling of a sporty drive along a windy canyon road. Areas of interest for him include general car shopping and new car deals, as well as green and hybrid engineering, automotive technology, performance vehicles and automotive history.
Senior Editor, TechCrunch
Matt Burns, senior editor at TechCrunch, is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. He learned the retail side of electronics during a six year stint at Circuit City while studying economics at the University of Michigan.
Associate Editor, AOL Autos
Pete joined AOL Autos in late 2011 as associate editor from National Public Radio’s Changing Gears Project where he was writing about the transformation of the Midwest’s rust belt to the green-tech belt. Prior, Pete covered the University of Michigan football program for The Ann Arbor News. Self-described as “not a tech geek,” Pete is prt of the panel that helps keep the whole judging process honest as the new tech showing up in vehicles is aimed at the public at large, not just early adopters.
Equally comfortable working with a set of wrenches or a laptop computer, Jeremy Korzeniewski grew up restoring classic cars in the family barn with his father and programming video games on the family's home computer. Also an avid motorcyclist, Jeremy has contributed his unique blend of insight into both the automotive and motorcycle segments on Autoblog and AutoblogGreen since joining the team in 2006.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Steven J. Ewing was exposed to the automotive industry from a young age and grew to become an avid car enthusiast with a penchant for writing. Ewing has never owned a car with an automatic transmission, and prefers to get his kicks from small, turbocharged hatchbacks rather than large luxury barges. After spending four years on staff at Winding Road magazine, Ewing later came to Autoblog, where he has served as editor and test fleet manager since February 2010.
Raised and groomed in the art of car writing by way of the magical internet, Seyth Miersma has carved out a career in the automotive world by telling stories about great roads and great cars. With fleeting exceptions being made for a few newspapers in Texas, Miersma’s words have been rendered with ones and zeros in the digital pages of Winding Road magazine, where he began as a freelancer in 2006 and left as Editor-in-Chief in 2012. Miersma brings the experience of hundreds of car reviews and comparison tests to the Autoblog crew, as well as a love for first-wave Japanese imports, racing video games that only rarely involve stuff blowing up, and driving through the dark of a fall morning in third gear with the radio off. He is very tall (the 97th percentile-set should read Miersma’s reviews with a close eye).