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Shapton Honored by SAE for Excellence in Engineering Education

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 19, 2008 - William Shapton William Shapton, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University (MTU), is the recipient of SAE International's Excellence in Engineering Education Award. He was honored at the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit.

The Excellence in Engineering Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes outstanding contributions to the SAE Engineering Education Board. 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.

Shapton is recognized as the father of the Baja SAE® student design competition, which is part of SAE International's Collegiate Design Series. He also promotes SAE student activities at the international and local levels.

At MTU, Shapton is responsible for the university having one of the largest SAE student chapters in the world. He also assists with organizing the Clean Snowmobile Challenge™, which is hosted by the MTU Keweenaw Research Center. MTU has teams in all of the SAE student design competitions.

A member of SAE, Shapton has served as a member of the Board of Directors, Sections Board and Activity Board, and as Chairman of the Cincinnati Section, Membership Services Board, Strategic Planning Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, Student Activities Committee, Recreational Vehicle Activity and the Ralph R. Teetor Award Committee of the Engineering Education Board. He was a member of the K-12 Education committee that initiated the development of the "A World in Motion" program and continues to serve on the Continuing Professional Development Group of the Engineering Meetings Board. He is the recipient of SAE's Medal of Honor, Ralph R. Teetor Education Award and Forest R. McFarland Award.

Shapton has been teaching and conducting research at MTU since 1979. During his tenure there, he led the formation of the Dynamic Systems Laboratory. He also led the development and delivery of a series of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) courses for Ford. Previously, while at the University of Cincinnati, he helped create the Structural Dynamics Research Lab and pioneered the development of experimental modal analysis, forming the basis for much of today's NVH technology.

Shapton holds his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, and his doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Charlevoix, Mich.

For more information on Shapton, please contact Jennifer Donovan at MTU, jdonovan@mtu.edu.

For more information about SAE International's Excellence in Engineering Education Award, please contact pr@sae.org.