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CaterpillarÂ’s Girish Parvate-Patil Honored with SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 22, 2009 - Girish Parvate-Patil, engine performance analyst in Global Engine Development within Caterpillar's Product Development Center of Excellence located in Mossville, Ill., is the recipient of the SAE/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award.

Parvate-Patil was presented with the award during the SAE 2009 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition Award Luncheon in Rosemont, Ill., Oct. 7.

The award recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or powerplant industry.  Candidates are nominated by their managers, with the nomination supported by another SAE International member. Nominees are judged on innovation, leadership and teamwork skills; integrity; community involvement; and leadership in SAE International activities.

In his role with Caterpillar, Parvate-Patil is responsible for the Tier III and Tier IV engine rating development for off-highway applications. Prior to joining Caterpillar Inc., he was a project lead at the Engine Systems Development Center in Montreal, Canada, where he was actively involved in engine testing and applied research on biodiesel fuels.

Parvate-Patil has presented papers at the SAE Small Engine Technology Conference which were then published in the Journal of Engines of SAE Transactions. He also has co-authored several papers in the fields of variable valve timing and biodiesels for ASME and ImechE.

Parvate-Patil has been a member of SAE International for seven years and serves on the governing board of SAE’s Central Illinois Section. He was involved with Formula SAE® and SAE Supermileage®.

Parvate-Patil holds a bachelor degree in production engineering from Kolhapur Institute of Technology’s, College of Engineering in Kolhapur, India, and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. During his graduate program, he was the recipient of the Norman D. Hebert Award for excellence in research.

For more information on Parvate-Patil or to set up an interview, please contact Bridget M. Young, Media Relations Representative, Corporate Public Affairs, Caterpillar Inc. at 309.675.8463 or e-mail .

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