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

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 14, 2004 - Dr. Ramamohan Potukutchi of the Ford Motor Company has been selected to receive the 2003 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. Potukutchi 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.

Potukutchi 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 Pingsha Dong of Battelle Memorial Institute, and Parambakatoor R. Perumalswami and Hari M. Agrawal (team leader), both from Ford.

Potukutchi has more than 15 years of experience in Structural Analysis of Auto and Aerospace (metallic and composite) structures. His achievements include the development of variationally correct higher order transverse deformable finite elements and significant contributions to the design of composite wings for India's most prestigious aviation project, LCA - Light Combat Aircraft. He has also received Ford Motor Company's VEV (Vehicle Evaluation and Verification) Achievement Award.

A resident of Sterling Heights, Michigan, Potukutchi holds a Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India.