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UCI Graduate Receives SAE Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 6, 2006 - Cindy Chou Cindy Chou, a 2006 graduate of the University of California-Irvine (UCI), has been selected to receive SAE International's Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award. Chou will be presented with the award during the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, Mich., April 16-19. 

This award, established by Max E. Rumbaugh, Jr., SAE Executive Vice President Emeritus, annually recognizes an outstanding SAE student leader to encourage continued participation in SAE throughout his or her professional career. The award is based on leadership skills demonstrated during the student's senior year of undergraduate studies, and the recipient must be employed in a mobility-related industry at the time of selection.

During her senior year at UCI, Chou served as SAE Chapter President and captain of the Formula SAE team.  She was also an integral member of the Aero Design team her junior year. She was nominated by Derek Dunn-Rankin, a professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. In his nomination of her, Dunn-Rankin said, "Cindy has been a remarkable contributor to SAE at UCI. In the year that she served as UCI's Collegiate Chapter President, SAE membership nearly doubled… she brought the chapter here to a new level of professionalism. I believe she is and will be a remarkable leader wherever she works."

Chou is currently working at Boeing as a mechanical system design engineer with the A160 unmanned UAV program.  A member of SAE International, she is active in the Southern California SAE Section.  She is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.