Alta Karpenko to Receive the 2004 SAE Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award

Alta Karpenko Warrendale, PA (October 22, 2004) - Alta Karpenko, a 2004 engineering graduate of The University of Western Ontario, has been named this year's recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award. Karpenko will be presented with the award during the Honors Convocation at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, April 11-14, 2005. As part of the award, she will also receive free SAE lifetime adult membership and a monetary stipend.

This award, established by Max E. Rumbaugh, Jr., SAE Executive Vice President Emeritus, annually recognizes an outstanding SAE student leader, encouraging continued participation in SAE throughout his or her professional career. The award is based on leadership skills demonstrated during the student's senior year of undergraduate studies, and the recipient must be employed in a mobility-related industry at the time of selection.

Karpenko was nominated by the acting chair of the mechanical engineering department at the University of Western Ontario based on her exceptional participation and support of SAE activities. As an SAE student member, Karpenko served as both chair for the school's SAE Collegiate Chapter and captain of the SAE Aero Design® competition team. She also acted as liaison between the local professional SAE Chapter and the student group. Karpenko is described by her professor as "a dynamic and resourceful person, dedicated to the advancement of others as well as herself."

Karpenko graduated from The University of Western Ontario in June 2004 and is currently a mechanical engineer at Armatec Survivability Corporation, where she works on projects related to the protection of military ground vehicle crews from accidents and hostile threats.