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Braking Expert Stokes to Receive SAE Cooperative Engineering Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 5, 2007 - Stanley Stokes

Stanley Stokes, founder and principal of BrakeTec in Sahuarita, Ariz., is the recipient of SAE International's Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal. He will be presented the award during the SAE 2007 World Congress in Detroit, April 14-17.

This award, established in 1976, recognizes outstanding contributions to SAE technical committees under the SAE Technical Standards Board. These contributions can include developing standards, specifications, technical reports and data through cooperative research. The medal is named in honor of Arch T. Colwell, 1941 SAE President.

This 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.

Stokes formed BrakeTec in 1991 to provide consulting services for the automotive braking industry. He specializes in engineering, forensic and management consulting, as well as litigation support.

With more than 45 years of experience in the automotive braking industry, Stokes has held a variety of engineering and management positions at the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Wagner Lockheed Brake, EIS Division of Parker Hannifin, and Bendix.

A long-time member of SAE International, Stokes has chaired the St. Louis SAE Section and various standards committees. He also has participated in the development and improvement of SAE standards, earning the SAE Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award and the SAE Recognition Award. He also has been a member of the Friction Materials Standards Institute and the Technology Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association. In addition to authoring papers for SAE International, he has authored papers for publications, including Scientific American magazine. He holds eight U.S. and Canadian patents.

Stokes holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Kansas Sate University and a master's in business administration from Southern Illinois University. He is a registered Professional Engineer of more than 40 years. He resides in Sahuarita, Ariz.