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University of Melbourne Student to Receive SAE Award for Engine Technology Innovation

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 2, 2007 - William AttardWilliam Attard of the University of Melbourne has been selected to receive SAE International’s Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation.  He will be presented the award at the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 16-19.

The award, established in 2001, recognizes a young SAE International member whose work has furthered innovation in the manufacture, design and improvement of engine technology for ground, air or space vehicles. The award honors Bentele for his contributions to the field of mobility engines and his encouragement for others to promote advancements in the area. 

The SAE Foundation funds this award.  In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Attard is completing his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  His research involves finding the performance limitations of small, downsized gasoline engines.  This research was motivated by the experience he gained when the University of Melbourne entered the Formula SAE competition with the first successful engine designed and built in-house.

Previously, Attard worked for the Perkins Engineering V8 Supercar racing team as head vehicle dynamics engineer for Toll Racing.  He also worked as a junior engineer for Bishop Innovation.  Attard continues to hold a leadership role in the University of Melbourne’s Formula SAE program.

In the last year, Attard has published six SAE papers on his doctorate research.  He is the recipient of the James Herbert Mirams memorial award, which is given annually to a University of Melbourne postgraduate student.  He was also awarded a local council scholarship for further education.

Attard is a member of the Australasian division of SAE.  He earned his bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Melbourne.  He resides in Kealba, Victoria, Australia.