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Dr. Hong Yao to Receive 2003 SAE/AISI Sydney H. Melbourne Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Automotive Sheet Steel

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 15, 2004 - Dr. Hong Yao, a senior research engineer with Ispat Inland, Inc., has been selected to receive the 2003 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. Yao will be presented with the award on March 9 during the Honors Convocation at the SAE 2004 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. It 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. Along with a commemorative plaque, the recipient also receives a $3,500 honorarium funded by AISI.

This year's award-winning paper is entitled, "Laminated Steel Forming Modeling Techniques and Experimental Verifications." The paper's co-authors, who will also be recognized with framed certificates, include C. C. Chen, Engineering Technology Associates, Inc.; S. D. Liu, Generalety, LLC; and K.P. Li, C. Du and L. Zhang of DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Currently, Dr. Yao's research work centers on FEA (Finite Element Analysis) simulation to support appliance and automotive customers with part design, manufacturing process design and feasibility, and steel selection to meet cost and performance requirements. Over the past few years, Dr. Yao has developed new techniques to model steel behavior in both the forming process and structural performance. His work has significantly enhanced the accuracy of FEA simulations for new steel products. Dr. Yao received a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in 2000.