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Timken's Kotzalas Recognized as Outstanding Young Engineer in Off-Highway Industry

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 29, 2007 - Michael Kotzalas

Michael Kotzalas of The Timken Company in Canton, Ohio, is the recipient of the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award for the Off-Highway Industry.

He will be presented the award during this week's SAE Commercial Vehicle Congress & Exhibition in Rosemont, Ill. The presentation is set during the banquet, Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom.

The award recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry who demonstrates innovation, teamwork, integrity, community involvement, and leadership in SAE International activities.

The award is funded through the SAE Foundation. 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.

Kotzalas is a technical group leader for The Timken Company. In this role, he is responsible for the application and design engineering of off-highway and marine power transmission applications for the company's global customer base. Prior to Timken, he was a research assistant at the Applied Research Laboratory for The Pennsylvania State University.

Kotzalas holds two U.S. patents for cylindrical roller bearing designs. He is the co-author of the fifth edition of Rolling Bearing Analysis (CRC Press, New York, 2006), a two-text engineering reference widely regarded as an industry standard. He has also published nine papers in peer-reviewed journals and four papers in conference proceedings. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Tribology Division's Best Paper Award and a two-time recipient of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers' (STLE) Hodson Award.

A member of SAE International, Kotzalas is also a member of ASME, where he is secretary and treasurer of the Tribology Division, and STLE. He also instructs courses for the American Bearing Manufacturer's Association.

Kotzalas holds his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He resides in North Canton, Ohio.

For more information on Kotzalas, please contact Eric Stasiowski at The Timken Company, eric.stasiowski@timken.com.

For more information on the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award for the Off-Highway Industry, please contact pr@sae.org.