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Engineering Careers Focus of Successful SAE 2008 World Congress

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 22, 2008 - Whether it was networking to get that first job in engineering or learning the latest news about automotive technology, SAE 2008 World Congress hosted by Chrysler will be remembered for its focus on careers.

The four-day SAE World Congress completed last week was held in Cobo Center in Detroit and attracted 33,097 attendees from 49 countries. For nations excluding the United States and Canada, South Korea lead with the most attendees, followed by (in order) Japan, Germany, China, the United Kingdom and India.

“No other automotive technical event could bring together both a successful engineering job fair and the resources to keep experienced engineers up-to-date on the technologies the future holds for them,” David L. Amati, Ph.D., Director of SAE International’s Global Automotive Business, said. He added that almost one in five attendees came from the ranks of corporate executives or engineering management, with the top six registration codes classified as electronics, drivetrain, emissions/environment, manufacturing/production, materials and safety.

“For the OEMs, 17 companies were represented, lead by GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota ,” Amati noted. “ Delphi , Lear, Yazaki, Visteon, Aisin and DENSO lead the list of Tier One suppliers sending delegates or participants.”

The event was capped by the SAE World Congress banquet speaker Robert Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler LLC.

Chrysler was the host company of the SAE 2008 World Congress, which was chaired by Frank O. Klegon, executive vice president for product development for Chrysler LLC.

In 2009, Honda will serve as SAE World Congress’s host company with Masaaki Kato, president of Honda Motor Co.’s research and development unit, as the general chairman.