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Mr. Goro Tamai Receives 2002 SAE Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation

Warrendale, PA, June 16, 2003 - Mr. Goro Tamai, a powertrain engineer at General Motors Corporation in Milford, Michigan, was named the first recipient of the 2002 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Max Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation. Tamai was presented the award on March 4, 2003 during the Honors Convocation at the annual SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 2001, recognizes an engineer under the age of 36 who is an SAE member and whose work has furthered innovation in the manufacture, design and improvement of engine technology for ground, air or space vehicles. The award honors Max Bentele for his contributions to the field of mobility engines and his encouragement for others to be innovative and to promote advances in engine technology.

Since Tamai joined GM in 1995, he has worked on combustion systems, hybrid system development and powertrain controls. He is a published author with a book on aerodynamics and has co-authored several technical papers on powertrain systems. Tamai currently continues with his award-winning work on the development of hybrid vehicles for GM.

Tamai received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.