Timken's Kotzalas Named SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer in Off-Highway Industry

SAE International today announced Michael Kotzalas of The Timken Company in Canton, Ohio, has been named to receive the 2007 SAE International/Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Outstanding Young Engineer Award for the Off-Highway Industry.

The award will be presented on Oct. 31, during the annual banquet scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom in Rosemont, Ill, as part of the SAE Commercial Vehicle Congress & Exhibition running through Nov. 1.

Kotzalas, age 34, is a technical group leader for The Timken Company. In this role, he is responsible for the application and design engineering of off-highway and marine power-transmission applications for the company's global customer base. Prior to Timken, he was a research assistant at the Applied Research Laboratory for The Pennsylvania State University.

Kotzalas holds two U.S. patents for cylindrical roller bearing designs. He is the co-author of the fifth edition of Rolling Bearing Analysis (CRC Press, New York, 2006), an encyclopedic, two-text engineering reference widely regarded as the industry standard. He has also published nine papers in peer-reviewed journals and four papers in conference proceedings. He is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Tribology Division's Best Paper Award and a two-time recipient of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers' (STLE) Hodson Award.

A member of SAE International, Kotzalas is also a member of ASME, where he is secretary and treasurer of the Tribology Division, and STLE. He also instructs courses for the American Bearing Manufacturer's Association.

Kotzalas holds his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He resides in North Canton, Ohio.

About The Timken Company

The Timken Company (NYSE:TKR, http://www.timken.com) keeps the world turning, with innovative friction management and power transmission products and services, enabling our customers to perform faster and more efficiently. With sales of $5.0 billion in 2006, operations in 26 countries and approximately 25,000 employees, Timken is Where You Turn for better performance.

To set up an interview with Kotzalas, please contact Eric Stasiowski at The Timken Company, eric.stasiowski@timken.com, via mobile phone at 330.280.3639 during the SAE Congress and Exhibition, from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

SAE presents this award each year to recognize an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry who demonstrates innovation, teamwork, integrity, community involvement, and leadership in SAE International activities. It is made possible by the SAE Foundation, which, in addition to supporting awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, also develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

About SAE International

SAE International has more than 90,000 members engineers, business executives, educators, and students from more than 97 countries who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is your one-stop resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

For more information on the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award for the Off-Highway Industry, please contact pr@sae.org.

Contacts:

The Timken Company
Eric Stasiowski, 330-280-3639
eric.stasiowski@timken.com

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