Arrow’s Chakib Loucif Selected for Fortune’s ‘Heroes of the 500 2014’

  Arrow’s Chakib Loucif Selected for Fortune’s ‘Heroes of the 500 2014’

Business Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- June 9, 2014

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW), today announced that Chakib Loucif, vice
president of engineering, has been selected as one of Fortune magazine’s
inaugural “Heroes of the 500 2014.” Loucif is recognized for his key role in
developing the semi-autonomous motorcar, an initiative known as the “SAM
Project” to modify a 2014 Corvette Stingray to be driven by head and facial
movements using advanced technology.

Loucif is acknowledged for leading a team of individuals who configured
sensors and cameras, designed an electronic drive train, and integrated a
system to monitor biometric data to enable an individual living with
quadriplegia to drive a race car at speed on a race track. On May 18, IndyCar
driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series Team owner Sam Schmidt demonstrated
the car’s technology by driving multiple laps on the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway at nearly 100 miles per hour. The SAM Project is a collaborative
venture between Arrow, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Schmidt Peterson
Motor Sports and Falci Adaptive Motorsports, a nonprofit.

“Arrow congratulates Chakib and his team for this recognition among such a
noteworthy and inspirational group of individuals who are working to improve
the lives of others,” said Michael J. Long, Arrow’s chairman, president and
chief executive officer. “The SAM Project demonstrates, particularly to
disabled people, that anything is possible with the help of technology, while
also influencing a new generation of mobility and safety technologies.”

Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 2014 represents 50 men and women whose personal
passions, individual ideals and professional endeavors are transforming
communities. All of the selected honorees are employed by Fortune 500

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services
and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and
enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for
more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and
commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58


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