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SAE International Honors Robins for Volunteer Efforts at Phoenix-Area Schools

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 6, 2009 - Don Robins, a retiree of General Motors Corp., is the recipient of SAE International's Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM® Volunteers. He will be presented the award at the GM Retiree Club of Arizona luncheon at Sands Chevrolet dealership in Surprise, Ariz., Tuesday, March 10.

The award, established in 2003, recognizes volunteers active in SAE International's A World In Motion® program. Commonly known as AWIM, the program is designed to increase interest in math and science in the classroom. The award honors Dr. William G. Agnew, a retiree from General Motors Research Laboratories who has supported AWIM since its inception in 1996. It is funded through the SAE Foundation.

Robins retired in 2000 as Executive Engineering Director for Engineering Design at GM Truck Group. During his 40-year career at GM, he held various engineering and management positions at Chevrolet Engineering in Warren, Mich., the Milford Proving Grounds, and Truck Engineering in Pontiac, Mich.

A cluster coordinator for the AWIM program in the Phoenix area, Robins has helped the program grow from two schools and a few volunteers from the GM Retiree Club of Arizona in 2006 to 41 volunteers helping out at seven schools and impacting more than 650 students during the 2008-09 school year. For his efforts, he was recognized with the AWIM Rookie of the Year award by SAE International and General Motors in 2007.

In 2004, Robins also initiated a math tutoring program at Gila Crossing Community School on Arizona’s Gila River Indian Reservation, which has grown to five tutors who assist up to 30 students each school year.

Robins received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. He resides in Chandler, Ariz., and Waterford, Mich.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 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.