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Inaugural SAE Leadership Development Program Selects 25 Student Participants

Warrendale, PA,, Dec. 15, 2004 - Twenty-five SAE student leaders were selected to participate in the inaugural Leadership Development Program. This program is the first of many new offerings to the Society's younger members under the SAE Power Track. Power Track is a career pathway that is designed to help accelerate an individual's engineering experience beginning in grade school and continuing through his or her professional career.

Nominations for participation in the Leadership Development Program were based on current SAE involvement and future leadership potential. In particular, consideration focused on leadership skills that are demonstrated during the nominee's junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or pursuit of a graduate degree. The program will be held in conjunction with the Section Officers Leadership Seminar (SOLS) on January 28 and 29, and its agenda will include networking opportunities, further leadership skills development, and joint sessions with the SOLS participants.

The Leadership Development Program recognizes some of the most promising SAE student leaders - individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership skills through SAE activities on campus. The program will work to further develop these skills for application to future leadership roles in both SAE and the individual's professional engineering career while demonstrating the value of continued involvement with SAE.

Following are the students who have been selected to participate in the Leadership Development Program:

Akilesh VedarthamCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
Brian DwornickLawrence Technological University
Caroline LinehanUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Cody JohnsonIowa State University
Darrell KruegerAuburn University
David DeJohnUniversity of Pittsburgh
David RisingKettering University
Derek BeebeCentral Michigan University
Derek NoceTemple University
Eric LeggWest Virginia University
Eric RybczynskiUniversity of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Eric SchwartzUniversity of Central Florida
Gina ParodiCalifornia State University - Los Angeles
Jonathan DellBradley University
Joseph LabermeierParks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Josh FowlerUniversity of Central Florida
Josh HeacockUniversity of Iowa
Lauren StolarColumbia University
Matt ZornAuburn University
Robert GeorgeKansas State University
Ryan BlanchardBrigham Young University
Shannon FehlbergLawrence Technological University
Thomas PollockKansas State University
Troy DornUniversity of Wisconsin - Stout
Vasily RomanovTemple University

For more information on the Power Track program, visit For more information on the Society of Automotive Engineers, please call SAE World headquarters at (724) 776-4841 or visit the SAE Web site at

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