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Student chosen for nationwide leadership program

Feb. 25, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University student was one of 24 student leaders chosen nationwide for the fifth annual Society of Automotive Engineers International Leadership Development Program.

Sarah Gerbig, a senior mechanical engineering student from Grand Blanc, Mich., joined fellow Leadership Development Program students from such schools as the University of Michigan, San Jose State University, the University of Alabama, Ohio State University and Auburn University. The program was held in conjunction with the SAE Section Officers Leadership Seminar earlier this winter in Orlando, Fla.

The Leadership Development Program recognizes some of the most promising SAE student leaders--individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership skills through SAE activities on campus. Particular consideration was given to nominees who demonstrated leadership skills during their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or while in pursuit of a graduate degree.

The program works to further develop these skills for application to future leadership roles in SAE International and in students' professional engineering careers.

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.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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