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Timothy Palmer Receives 2002 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering

Warrendale, PA, June 16, 2002 - Mr. Timothy Palmer, the Director of Virtual Proving Ground (VPG) Business Development for Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA), received the 2002 Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. Palmer 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 1988, recognizes individuals who use their engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions which are assessed to have had the greatest positive effect on the passenger car, truck, and bus industries. The award is funded through Ford Motor Company and honors the memory of Henry Ford II and the enormous impact he had on the automotive industry.

At ETA, Palmer's career focus has been working directly with analysis methods and applications to vehicle system analysis. His award-winning contribution of a VPG method has allowed engineers to accurately predict the performance of a vehicle prior to any prototype testing, saving time and money while improving the quality and performance of light trucks and passenger vehicles. Palmer has authored or co-authored 12 technical papers on the subject of VPG simulations and holds a U.S. Patent for the technology behind these simulations.

A resident of Shelby Township, Michigan, Palmer received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.