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Frank E. Zalar to Receive the 2003 SAE Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal

Warrendale, PA, Oct. 6, 2003 - Frank E. Zalar, retired Quality Engineering and Regulatory Manager at GE Automotive Lighting, has been named as recipient of the 2003 SAE Arch T. Colwell Cooperative Engineering Medal. Zalar will be presented with the award at the Honors Convocation during the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, March 2004.

This award, established in 1976, recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions over a period of time to the work of the technical committees under the SAE Technical Standards Board in developing standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The award acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive contributions of the late Arch T. Colwell, who served as SAE President in 1941 and symbolized the dedication and devotion of SAE members who work to further the objectives of the SAE Technical Standards Program.

Zalar is being recognized for his contributions to the work of the SAE Lighting Committee. He gained more than 30 years experience in the automotive lighting field and has close to 20 years experience with SAE's lighting committees. His leadership on a variety of standard development efforts resulted in several standards governing the use of new vehicle lighting technologies, such as SAE J1496 - Replaceable bulbs, SAE J1765 - Miniature Bulb Vibration, SAE J2009 - Discharge Forward Lighting, and SAE J2282 - Distributed Lighting. Zalar's exceptional efforts were first recognized by his election by the Lighting Committee to chair the Road Illumination Device (RID) Committee and subsequently, four years later, his election to vice chair of the Lighting Committee itself. Currently, he serves as the group's chairman.

Zalar holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University.