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Dr. Dan Zeng Receives 2002 SAE/AISI Sydney H. Melbourne Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel

Warrendale, PA, June 16, 2003 - Dr. Dan Zeng, a Project Engineer in the Advanced Forming and Structural Modeling Group at National Steel Corporation's Center for Product and Applications Development, received the 2002 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/ American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Sydney H. Melbourne Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel. Dr. Zeng was presented the award on March 4, 2003 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 1997, recognizes an author who effectively demonstrates ways to further the use of sheet steel in automotive applications. The award honors the memory and accomplishments of the late Mr. Sydney H. Melbourne of Dofasco, Inc. and encourages others to strive for the level of excellence he attained within his organization, the steel industry and the automotive marketplace.

Funded by an endowment from AISI, the award included a $3,500 honorarium, which was presented to Dr. Zeng along with a plaque. Her five co-authors also recognized with a framed certificate included: Sheng -Dong Liu, Vinod Makam, Subhas V. Shetty, Li Zhang, and Frederick J. Zweng. Their award-winning paper, entitled "Specifying Steel Properties and Incorporating Forming Effects in Full Vehicle Impact Simulation," described a methodology to improve the accuracy of predicting vehicle crash behavior. According to the authors' research, the benefits of such a method are far-reaching. The use of more accurate computer models will lower vehicle development costs by saving time and reducing the number of vehicle prototypes necessary for physical crash testing.

Dr. Zeng has worked closely with the automotive manufacturers in the development of advanced structural modeling techniques and applications of advanced high strength steel and steel technologies for improved vehicle crash performance. A resident of Riverview, Michigan, she received her doctorate in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2000.