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Wade Receives SAE Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 16, 2006 -

Wallace WadeWallace Wade, retired Technical Fellow of Ford Motor Co., has been selected to receive SAE International’s 2005 Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation.  He will be presented the award at the Detroit Section Meeting held during the SAE World Congress on Monday, April 3, 2006.

The award, established in 1978, annually recognizes an SAE International member for a lifetime of accomplishments in automotive engineering.  The award honors the memory of Edward N. Cole, former President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corp., and the inspiration he provided to others in the engineering profession.

Wade dedicated his 38-year career in automotive engineering to the areas of low emission engine technology, powertrain control systems and emission control systems.  He joined Ford Motor Co. in 1972, where he was most recently responsible for the application, development and certification of emission and control system technologies for Ford’s powertrains in North America.

Wade has been credited with 26 patents related to improvements in powertrains and has written 25 published technical papers on powertrain research and development.  An SAE International Fellow, he has received five Arch T. Colwell Merit Awards, the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award and the Henry Ford Technology Award.  He was honored as a Distinguished Corporate Inventor by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  Wade is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was invited to give the 2003 Soichiro Honda Lecture on Near Zero Emission Internal Combustion Engines.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.  He resides in Farmington Hills, Mich.