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Dr. William J. Altenhof to Receive 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Warrendale, PA, Feb. 11, 2004 - Dr. William J. Altenhof of the University of Windsor in Canada has been selected to receive the 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Altenhof, along with eight other recipients, will be presented with the award on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award annually recognizes outstanding engineering educators, offering them an opportunity to become acquainted with the professional activities of the automotive and aerospace industries. The program accomplishes this by underwriting the costs of bringing award recipients to the SAE World Congress & Exposition in Detroit, Michigan, or an aerospace industry meeting. Established in 1965, this award is funded through a generous contribution by the late Ralph R. Teetor, 1936 SAE President, who believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers.

Altenhof is an assistant professor in the Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering Department at the University of Windsor. His research focuses on structural crashworthiness and includes research projects associated with the design of automotive structural components for crashworthiness, as well as, vehicle/occupant interactions and the potential of injury. Altenhof is also involved in research related to the analysis of structures under dynamic loads employing both experimental and numerical methods. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses, mainly in design.

Altenhof is a member of SAE, serving as faculty advisor to the University of Windsor-SAE Student Chapter from the fall of 1999 until the summer of 2003. He has also acted as faculty advisor for the University of Windsor SAE Mini-Baja teams and Formula SAE teams, two competitions that challenge engineering students to design and build vehicles that are put to the test in real-world situations. His other professional society memberships include the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

Altenhof earned his doctorate, master's degree and bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Windsor.