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Ford's Kuang to Receive SAE Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 24, 2008 - Ming Lang Kuang Ming Lang Kuang of Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., is the recipient of SAE International's Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. He will be honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit, April 14-17.

The Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members for their outstanding contributions to the passenger car, truck and bus industries. The award is funded through the Ford Motor Company to honor Henry Ford II and 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.

Kuang is a technical leader in vehicle controls at Ford's Research and Advanced Engineering. He has worked at Ford for 17 years in the areas of hybrid vehicle system controls, vehicle dynamics and controls. His primary research interests include vehicle control architecture, vehicle control system development and implementation methodologies, and advanced vehicle control algorithm development for hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Previously, he was a technical expert in hybrid vehicle controls for Ford and played a critical role in the development and delivery of the first Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles.

Kuang has authored or co-authored 12 technical papers in various engineering journals. He holds 26 U.S. patents, with 16 in production, and six international patents. He is the recipient of the Powertrain GQRS Quality Award, the Powertrain TMM Technical Excellence Award and the Henry Ford Technology Award, which he received for his technical leadership and contributions to the success of the Escape Hybrid.

Kuang is a member of SAE International. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from South China University of Technology in the People’s Republic of China. He resides in Canton, Mich.

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