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Sunday, 25 May, 2014 10:49 AM

Toyota's Osamu Nagata, TAG Holdings' Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. among the honorees at 2014 SAE Foundation Banquet

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Toyota's Osamu "Simon" Nagata" accepts the SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The 2014 SAE Foundation Annual Celebration was held on May 22, 2014 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. The evening featured award presentations, and also students who participated in SAE International's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education program presented their exhibits.

"A World in Motion" was the theme, with Formula 1 in schools, and the Collegiate Design Series. There were interactive displays that inspire tomorrow's automotive engineers.

Osamu "Simon" Nagata, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, was the recipient of the SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award. He talked about how the STEM education program teaches the students the power of teamwork. He introduced Ms. Marcia Sidney-Reed, Principal of the 186th Street School in Gardena, CA who was in the audience. Her encouragement and guidance prepare our children to work as a team. There are teachers and supporters who teach the World in Motion program there.

"I encourage young people to be curious and share their ideas. We need to increase our emphasis on STEM education. That's why we appreciate what the SAE is doing. The SAE Foundation makes a difference. Thank you teachers who are starting the kids to a path of their future," says Nagata.

The Gordon Millar Award went to the Toyota USA Foundation. Bruce Brownlee, Senior Executive Administrator, accepted the award on behalf of the Toyota Foundation.

The winner of the Donald W. Ableson Award went to Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. of Tag Holdings LLC. The two winners of the Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership Award went to Sridhar Raveendran from Caterpillar Electronics, and Yanping Xia, Ph.D., Delphi Automotive Systems.

Mike Powers, volunteer, SAE Foundation said, "I'm a sales and marketing guy. I worked at Dow Chemical and retired. I struggled with what I should do with my life. Should I give back? So I volunteered at Habitat for Humanity. I was on the roof with my shirt off and being a construction 'stud'. Nothing would happen to promote STEM education if you weren't here. It takes teamwork and people skills for all of us to win. Without you, without us and engineers, none of this would happen. We can't fuel the Foundation without money and volunteers."

Karen Healy, Chair, 2014 SAE Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration, talked about the "aha" moments in life, many of which begin with you. She thanked Caterpillar, GM Foundation, Nissan, Kia and Toyota for their support and the SAE Foundation Trustees for their tireless effort for making this Foundation successful.

Lori Gatmaitan, SAE Foundation, read a letter from Gov. Rick Snyder expressing his gratitude that this program exists.

Past winners of the SAE Foundation Industry Leadership Award include GM's Mary Barra (2013), Ford's Edsel B. Ford II (2012), Hyundai's John Krafcik (2011), Robert Bosch's Peter Marks (2011), Delphi's Rodney O'Neal (2010), Chrysler's Jim Press (2009), Ford's Alan Mulally (2008), Nissan's Carlos Ghosn (2007), among many others.

For more information about the SAE Foundation Banquet, visit www.saefoundation.org/banquet/

Related Stories: Reflections On The 2013 SAE Foundation Annual Celebration Dinner

 


 
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Sridhar Raveendran, Caterpillar Electronics, recipient of Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership Award

 

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Bruce Brownlee, Senior Executive Administrator, Toyota USA Foundation

 

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"Rolling Things" development funded by Nissan

 

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CO2 cartridge-powered cars

 

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Attendees mingling during social hour

 

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