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Dr. Albert J. Shih to receive 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

Warrendale, PA, Feb. 10, 2004 - Dr. Albert J. Shih of the University of Michigan has been selected to receive the 2004 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Shih, 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.

Shih is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on developing new manufacturing processes and devices to enable environmentally friendly transportation, and includes topics such as precision grinding, Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and nano-spark erosion, fuel cell manufacturing, elastomer machining and scrap tire recycling, infrared temperature measurement for grinding and diesel exhaust aftertreatment filters, manufacturing and characterization of bonded permanent magnets, and diamond wire saw cutting of semiconductor wafer. He has been awarded four U.S. Patents, and has authored 46 journal papers and 29 conference papers.

Shih is a member of SAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). In 2000, he was awarded the Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He also received the ASME BOSS Award in 1999. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, and a doctorate from Purdue University in Indiana.