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SAE Elects Mark Pflederer as Vice President - Commercial Vehicle Business

WARRENDALE, PA,, Oct. 20, 2004 - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has elected Mark R. Pflederer to the newly created post of vice president of the Commercial Vehicle Business. Pflederer, who is also vice president of the Technology and Solutions Division at Caterpillar, Inc., will be responsible for integrating the needs of the on-highway and off-highway commercial vehicles across SAE programs for standards, events, and educational programs.

Commenting on his election, Pflederer said, "I am honored that the SAE electoral committee has chosen me to hold this position during a period that is especially significant in the Society's history — the celebration of SAE's 100th anniversary in 2005. Even more important to me is the fact that SAE, with its long tradition of serving the automobile and aerospace industries, now will provide the same depth of support to the commercial vehicle industry. This is proof that the on- and off-highway industry issues are now taking center stage. SAE's strong leadership in promoting high industry standards and providing a forum for major issues is exactly what we need to boost the potential of this category."

Pflederer has been a member of SAE for over 20 years. During that time he has served SAE as a section member for the Central Illinois Section (1984 to 1996 and 1999 to the present) and for the Eastern Carolina Section (1996 to 1999).

As Chief Technology Officer at Caterpillar, Pflederer has administrative responsibility for the company's research and development activities, as well as operations at the Technical Center in Mossville, IL and the three company proving grounds.

Pflederer joined Caterpillar in 1976 as an engineer trainee and spent the next 14 years in a variety of engineering positions in materials and electronics. Most recently, Pflederer was general manager of Electronic & Electrical Systems within the Component Products & Control Systems Division. The group provides leading-edge technologies for various medium- and heavy-duty industries.

Pflederer holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. In 1996, he completed the Managing Engineering Design and Development program with Carnegie Bosch.

Pflederer also serves on the Board of Managers of CTCT (Caterpillar Trimble Control Technology), a Caterpillar and Trimble joint venture that develops and manufactures advanced electronic guidance and control products. In addition to SAE, Pflederer is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He serves on the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center Advisory Committee and the Bradley University College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Council.

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SAE is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 85,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs.