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Hidetoshi Kusumi Receives the 2002 SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 20, 2004 - Hidetoshi Kusumi of Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2002 SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. In honor of his achievement, Kusumi will be presented with a framed certificate during the Honors Convocation at the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan in March.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941.

Kusumi is being recognized, along with six co-authors, for his work on the paper, "42V Power Control System for Mild Hybrid Vehicle (MHV)." The paper's co-authors are Shouji Abo, Yoshihide Nii, and Katsunori Yagi of Toyota Motor Corporation, and Shigeki Furuta, Masami Morikawa, and Hirohide Satoh of DENSO Corporation.

Kusumi is currently Senior Principle Engineer at the Advanced Technology Office in Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Europe (TMEM) in Belgium where he works on HEV-related research. His previous engineering accomplishments include developing the IGBT modules for PRIUS, Toyota's first hybrid vehicle, and developing the 42V power control unit for mild hybrid vehicles. Kusumi received his bachelor's in engineering from Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) in 1990.