SAE International dedicates DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center; announces automotive engineering training program in China

Troy, Mich. - (May 20, 2004) - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) will dedicate the DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing with a formal signing ceremony and reception on June 15. A cooperative effort between SAE International and the Delphi Tsinghua Institute (DTI), the Global Knowledge Center will make available the full range of SAE technical information and services including books, technical papers, standards, and engineering education and training programs to China's automotive community.

As part of the dedication, SAE will announce the availability of an inaugural series of four SAE Automotive Engineering Seminars to be held 30 August through 3 September. The four seminars in the inaugural series include: Gear System Design and Analysis; Technical Survey of Modern Vehicle Transmission Systems; Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFM/DFA); and Automotive Engineering Project Management.

According to Duane Tiede, SAE 2004 President, SAE and its China partners are developing plans to increase the number of training programs available, as well as the number of training locations in China. "SAE training will bring a new dimension of contemporary, practitioner education programs intended to supplement and build upon the excellent training available through China's universities."

Participating in the June 15 dedication and representing the major partners in the Global Knowledge Center are: Mr. Jinya Chen, Chairman, Delphi Automotive Systems (China) Holding Co., Ltd.; Professor Ouyang Minggao, Automotive Engineering Department Head, Tsinghua University; and Mr. Duane Tiede, 2004 President, SAE International. Mr. Zhang Xiaoyu, President, SAE China has been invited to provide concluding remarks for the dedication.

Remarking on SAE initiatives in China, Tiede stated, "One of the Society's primary goals is to provide capable practitioners to the mobility industries in order to prepare for future advancement. Delphi is an ideal partner for us to ensure the DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center will be a big step in moving China with some strong momentum into the realm of a worldwide automotive force. The Chinese industry and the Chinese quality of life in the future depend on having technically prepared Chinese engineers and executives ready to make their industry thrive for the long term."

SAE Manager of Strategic Programs Gary Schkade says the transition process is ongoing. "As a worldwide market leader in engineering knowledge dissemination and technical training, we believe SAE is highly qualified to partner with Delphi and Tsinghua University on these forward-looking strategic programs. It is our plan to transition these training programs from English to Chinese language in short order, thereby allowing their impact to reach even more engineers and technical professionals in China."

Delphi Tsinghua Institute (DTI) is a partnership between Delphi Corporation and Tsinghua University established in 1996 that offers approximately 70 courses in areas including Lean Manufacturing, Automotive Engineering and Leadership Management.

SAE International is a non-profit engineering and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of mobility technology to better serve humanity. Nearly 84,000 engineers and scientists who are SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles, including automobiles, aircraft, aerospace craft, trucks, buses, marine, rail and transit machinery. This information is disseminated through SAE meetings, books, electronic products and databases, technical papers, standards, reports, and professional development programs.

Media Contact: Steve Yaeger, SAE Public Relations - (724) 772-4068