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Joe Stratton Wins SAE Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 24, 2006 - Joe StrattonJoe Stratton, a hydraulics specialist at Leading Edge Hydraulics, Inc., Rockford, Ill., has been selected to receive SAE International’s Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award.  He will be presented the award during the SAE Fluid Conductors and Connectors Technical Committee (FCCTC) meeting in Toledo, Ohio, June 15, 2006.

The award, established in 1953, recognizes individuals for outstanding service in SAE International’s technical committee activities.  Stratton is being honored for his contributions to the Materials, Processes and Parts Council.

Stratton has worked in the field of hydraulics for the past 36 years.  Prior to joining Leading Edge Hydraulics, Inc., Stratton worked for 31 years at Caterpillar, Inc., where he spent his career as a prime product design engineer before becoming a project materials engineer in standards engineering.   A member of SAE International, Stratton is Chair of the FCCTC S5 Subcommittee for Metallic Tubing, and has been instrumental in publishing several SAE standards and recommended practices, maintaining SAE projects and updating SAE specifications. 

Stratton received much of his training from the U.S. Air Force as an Automatic Flight Controls Systems Instructor in Air Training Command at Chanute Air force Base in Rantoul, Ill., from 1964 to 1968.  He attended  University of  Texas at El Paso, Illinois State University, and went through the Caterpillar Engineering Training Program in  East Peoria, Ill.  Stratton resides in  Morton, Ill.