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SAE International 2008 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress Reflects Global Nature of Industry

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 27, 2008 - True to the profile of its industry, the recently completed SAE 2008 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition, with executive leadership provided by Cummins Inc., featured an intense look at this worldwide enterprise.

With attendees from 33 countries, a Global Product Development Panel and technical papers presented by young engineers from Ashok Leyland of Chennai, , SAE International’s 2008 Commercial Vehicle event presented a truly global view.

"The 2008 Commercial Vehicle Congress exceeded the high goals we set for it. It truly has become representative of the global nature of the commercial vehicle industry,” said Ric Kleine, Vice President, Commercial Vehicle, for SAE International. Kleine also serves as Vice President, Off-Highway Business, for Cummins Inc.

The conference featured technical sessions and presentations, blue-ribbon executive panel discussions, networking events and an exhibit showcasing the world’s premiere companies and technologies in the commercial-vehicle industry.

Honored with awards presented during the Congress were:

  • Kimberly J. Ingles of Caterpillar, who received the SAE / AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award;  
  • Wayne B. Martenas of CNH America LLC, who received the SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year Award;  
  • Steven Przesmitzki of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Tian Tian of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who received the Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants;  
  • Glen Shibata of Nippon Oil Corporation and Tomonori Urushihara of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., who received the Harry L. Horning Memorial Award;  
  • Mehdi Ahmadian of Virginia Tech and J. Kevin Brunner of Southwest Research Institute, who received the Forest R. McFarland Award.

Outstanding work by reporters bringing issues in the commercial vehicle industry to the attention of the general public also was recognized. The 2008 SAE Commercial Vehicle Excellence in Media Award went to Phaedra Hise for her article in the March 2008 edition of Popular Mechanics, “Five American Manufacturers Doing It Right: Made in the USA.”

“Now in its fifth year, the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress really has come into its own as a premier event for technology professionals in the on- and off-highway industries. This event captures the technical relevance of this dynamic industry, and this year, as in the past, the leading nations were well represented,” said Herb Kaufman, Director of Commercial Vehicle Business and Chief Technology Officer for SAE International.

The 2009 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition is set for October 6-8, 2009, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

SAE International is a global association of 115,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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