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Professor Receives Third Award from Society of Automotive Engineers

December 13, 2001

Dr. Robert L. Woods, professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Engineering, has again been recognized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for his work as a student advisor. Professor Woods also received this award in 1991 and 1996. The SAE created the faculty advisor award in 1990 and recipients are eligible for the award only once every four years.

Woods was honored for serving as an SAE Collegiate Design Project faculty advisor, assisting with UTA chapter activities such as securing speakers and coordinating field trips, providing career guidance to his students and ensuring that students participated in SAE activities. He will be presented the award during the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, in March 2002.

Woods has taught mechanical engineering at UTA for 27 years. He created UTA's Formula SAE racing team in 1981 and, since that time, has assisted students in designing and building racing cars for competitions with teams from other universities. Team members are primarily mechanical engineering students, but many are often non-engineering majors. Woods' teams have won eight national competitions in Detroit and have placed either second or third several times. UTA teams have also won international competitions in Great Britain and Australia. In addition to these SAE-sponsored events, teams representing UTA have participated in regional and national events sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America.

"I am very pleased to be recognized by the SAE and to be invited to the national meeting," said Woods. "It's an opportunity to hear technical papers, see the new technology in automotive engineering and meet with other faculty advisors. And I can share this information with my students."

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