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Youmei Zhao Receives 2001 Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award

Warrendale, PA, June 11, 2003 - Ms. Youmei Zhao, Senior Project Engineer at First Technology Safety Systems, received the 2001 Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award. She 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 1972, recognizes authors who deliver the most outstanding paper at a society or section meeting on the subject of automotive safety engineering. The award honors the late Ralph Isbrandt, 1967 SAE President, who contributed significantly to automotive safety engineering and inspired young engineers to seek a career in mobility engineering.

Zhao received the award along with co-authors Michael J. Salloum, Sarath Kottur, Steve Moss and Joshua Y. Zhu for their SAE technical paper (2001-01-0121): "A Headform Development for Neck Calibrating Tests of the SID-IIs Side Impact Dummy."

Since joining First Technology Safety in 1997, Zhao has designed, developed and tested front impact dummy prototypes for government regulation.

Zhao holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University and TongJi University in Shanghai, China.