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SAE International Awards Hancock Medal of Honor

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 4, 2009 - Daniel M. Hancock, GM Powertrain Vice President of Global Engineering, is the recipient of SAE International’s Medal of Honor. The medal was presented during the SAE 2009 World Congress.

The Medal of Honor, established in 1986, is presented annually and is SAE’s most prestigious award. The award recognizes an SAE International member for his or her unique and significant contributions to SAE International and is funded through the SAE Foundation.

Hancock recently completed 10 years of service as Chairman of the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees.  He is especially recognized for his role in the SAE Foundation’s Capital Campaign that succeeded in raising $26.5 million in pledges and contributions. Over the last decade, the Foundation’s net worth tripled.  Hancock is known for his strong and relentless advocacy for SAE’s A World In Motion® program as the premier initiative for advancing the training of math and science principles to students in grade levels K-12.     

An SAE Fellow, Hancock has been an SAE member since 1974 and has been part of both the Detroit and Indiana SAE Sections. He is honored not only for his service to SAE International as a member of its Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee, but also for his roles as Chairman of the Detroit Section and General Chairman of the Truck & Bus General Committee.

Hancock has received SAE’s Sid Olsen Engineering Award, the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash Award, and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria (Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich).

Hancock earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the General Motors Institute (Kettering University), a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed executive training from the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, the Wabash Executive Program (Wabash College) and Dartmouth University’s Tuck Executive Program.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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