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Toyota Manager Wins SAE International Environmental Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 17, 2006 - Tatsuo TerataniTatsuo Teratani, project general manager at Toyota, has been selected to receive SAE International’s John Connor Environmental Award. 

The award, established in 2001, recognizes the accomplishments of an individual to promote the environmental vision of SAE International. It was established to meet the demands of the ever-changing environmental challenges that face manufacturers, suppliers and professionals in the global transportation industry.

Teratani has been working in the field of automotive electronics since 1974.  His research interests are in the areas of hybrid vehicles, automotive power supply and next-generation voltage (42V) systems.  He developed the first worldwide mild-hybrid system to reduce ’s fuel consumption by 15 percent in 2001. His most recent work on mild-hybrid vehicles has given other OEMs the opportunity to develop 42V system cars. 

Teratani has three published documents and has won three awards, including the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE) Asahara Award in 2005.  He is a member of SAE International, JSAE, the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan and the Massaschusetts Institute of Technology/Industry Consortium.  Teratani holds a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from  Nayoga  University.