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Burdette Receives SAE Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 20, 2005 - Stephen BurdetteStephen Burdette, a retiree of Case New Holland (CNH), has been selected to receive SAE International’s Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award.

The award, established in 1953, recognizes individuals for outstanding service in technical committee activities of the society.

Burdette has dedicated his career to the advancement of agricultural engineering since he entered the industry in 1963.  Before he retired from CNH in 2004, he made company history by leading the marriage of Case, Case IH and New Holland to achieve global product safety and regulatory compliance.  He previously worked with Case Corp., International Harvester, Massey Ferguson, American Hoist and Derrick, and Caterpillar, Inc.  During his career, he issued 14 patents to advance the off-highway machinery industry. 

Burdette, a 30-year member of SAE International, has held several leadership positions within the society.  As Chairman of Technical Standards Board, he has played an active role on the Board of Directors, planning committees and councils.  He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the American National Standards Institute, the National Children’s Center for Rural Agricultural Health and Safety, ISO TC127, ISO TC145 and numerous farm equipment associations. 

Burdette earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois.  He currently resides in Naperville, Ill.