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Dr. Pingsha Dong to Receive the 2003 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 14, 2004 - Dr. Pingsha Dong, Research Leader and Technical Director of Center for Welded Structures Research for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, has been selected to receive the 2003 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. Dong 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.

Dong is being recognized, along with three others, 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 Ramamohan Potukutchi, Hari M. Agrawal (team leader) and Parambakatoor R. Perumalswami, all from Ford.

Dong's research interests include design and analysis methods for welded structures, advanced computational procedures for welding/joining process simulations, fatigue/fracture behavior of welded structures, and residual stress and distortion mitigation techniques. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed archive journals and conference proceedings and has received numerous awards, including the American Welding Society's (AWS) Dr. Rene Wasserman (Best Paper) Award (1998), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) G.E. Widera Literature Award (2002). In addition, he serves as editor or reviewer for a number of international archive journals, e.g., ASME Transaction Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Journal of Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, and AWS Welding Journal Research Supplement. Since 1994, he has been elected as the U.S. Delegate to International Institute of Welding (IIW) to Commissions X on Fatigue and Fracture Control of welded structures.

Dong holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in welding engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in China. He also holds a Masters degree and Doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.