August 22, 2008

Eaton Donates $20,000 To SAE Foundation’s “A World In Motion” Program

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced a “Powering Communities Grant” of $20,000 to the SAE Foundation’s A World In Motion® (AWIM) program. The program’s goal is to increase students’ interest in math and science through interactive learning practices.

In addition to the donation, Eaton employees will volunteer to support this initiative, offering classroom participation and assistance to students. As part of its long-time commitment to the SAE Foundation, Eaton has donated more than $200,000 to its various initiatives during the past 11 years.

Eaton also hosted the SAE Foundation, as part of the second consecutive Eaton Performance Park at the 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 16.

“There is no better time to be an engineer than now. There are very few times in history when the fundamentals of power generation are going through major change,” said Joseph P. Palchak, chief executive officer – Eaton’s Automotive Group. “We need to convey this excitement to students, and AWIM is an outstanding way to get students involved in a hands-on way.”

SAE International and the SAE Foundation introduced AWIM in 1990 to increase awareness of math and science among students. The program was created in response to low test scores and the declining number of engineering graduates.


AWIM provides interactive learning experiences to students in grades four through 10 with its “Challenges,” which includes a series of four curricula. Each AWIM Challenge is designed around a math, science and/or technology application.

The SAE Foundation, in conjunction with SAE International, supports and nurtures students’ enthusiasm for science and technology through educational outreach programs, awards and scholarships. Programs such as A World In Motion and the Collegiate Design Series offer hands-on learning through fun and challenging curricula to elementary school and college students.

With sales of $1.6 billion in 2007 and 11,000 employees around the world, Eaton’s Automotive Group supplies the automotive industry with critical components that reduce emissions and fuel consumption, and improve vehicle stability and performance. Principal products include engine valves and valve train components, transmission and engine controls, superchargers, locking and limited slip differentials, cylinder heads and fluid conveyance components.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


(Left to right) Eaton’s Mike Rasnick and Glenn Gouldey present Tom Ryan, 2008 SAE International president; Carson Walburn, SAE Foundation director; and Matt Miller, director of SAE International’s A World in Motion program with $20,000 donation at the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Jim Parks
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