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Jack D. Benson to Receive the 2003 Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 14, 2004 - Jack D. Benson has been selected to receive the 2003 Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation. Benson will be presented with the award on May 11, 2004 during the monthly meeting of the Detroit Section of SAE.

This award, established in 1978, annually recognizes an SAE member whose innovative design is described in an SAE paper or whose lifetime of accomplishment is judged to be a significant achievement in automotive engineering. Judgment is based upon the value of the work as an original innovative contribution, not upon the application of some development or invention already known. The award honors the memory of Edward N. Cole, former President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corporation, and the inspiration he provided to others in the engineering profession by his continuing search and drive for product innovation. The award is made possible through a fund originally established by contributions from General Motors Corporation, SAE members, and other employees and retirees who were associated with Mr. Cole.

Benson worked for General Motors from 1964 to 1998, when he retired from his position as a Research Fellow and Manager of the Gasoline Section of the Fuels and Lubricants Department at General Motors Research and Development Center. Benson currently holds the position as President of Automotive Fuels and Emissions Consulting Services in Michigan. During his more than 35 years in the industry, Benson made numerous significant accomplishments in the areas of automotive engines and fuels, and vehicle emissions and performance. His achievements are recognized around the world. They have resulted in significantly reduced vehicle emissions, fuels blended for lower emissions, and improved vehicle operation.

Benson has authored or co-authored over 50 technical publications. He received General Motors Charles L. McCuen Award for Extraordinary Accomplishment in Research in 1987 and 1991, and the General Motors Presidents Council Award in 1998. In 1997, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded Benson the Sochiro Honda Medal for "outstanding achievement and a series of significant engineering contributions in the field of personal transportation." He was elected an SAE Fellow in 1993.

Benson holds Bachelor and Master degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He currently resides near Milford, Michigan with his wife, Linda.