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Hari N. Agrawal to Receive the 2003 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 14, 2004 - Mr. Hari N. Agrawal, Senior Technical Specialist with Ford Motor Company, has been selected to receive the 2003 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. Agrawal will be presented with the award on March 9, 2004 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 1988, recognizes an individual or team who uses their engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions that have had the greatest positive effect on the passenger car, truck, and bus industries. The award, funded by Ford Motor Company, honors the memory of Henry Ford II and the enormous impact he had on the automotive industry.

Agrawal is being recognized, along with his team, for his accomplishment in developing and implementing a unique CAE durability prediction method for MIG and laser welds, a method currently used by Ford Motor Company and several of its subsidiaries in vehicle development. Other members of the team are Pingsha Dong of Battelle Memorial Institute, and Ramamohan Potukutchi and Parambakatoor R. Perumalswami, both from Ford.

Agrawal has been at Ford for more than 25 years, holding both research and design positions with a focus on durability and fatigue. Prior to joining Ford, he worked as a Project Engineer for Fruehauf Corporation (Detroit, Michigan), Blitz Corporation (Chicago, Illinois), and Eureka Auto Radiator Products (Chicago, Illinois). He is an active member of SAE and serves on its Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee. Agrawal has been recognized by Ford with 17 different awards, including the prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award by Ford Motor Company.

A resident of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Agrawal received his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Jodhpur in India. He also holds a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.