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GM RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING INVENTORS

 GM RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING INVENTORS
 DETROIT, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) has


awarded 23 of its engineers and scientists the coveted "Boss" Kettering Award for 10 inventions that provided outstanding value to GM in 1991.
 Honoring the inventors, GM Chairman Robert C. Stempel said: "GM is proud of these exceptional Kettering winners who exemplify the teamwork and innovation that lead to world-class products."
 Named for GM's late vice president and inventor, Charles F. Kettering (1876-1957), who himself held more than 140 patents, the award encourages, recognizes and rewards GM inventors for technical creativity and leadership. Along with a trophy, each winner also receives a monetary stipend.
 "The Kettering legacy continues at GM," Stempel said. "Through their inventions -- from advances in electronics and brake systems to more efficient manufacturing processes -- these inventors have helped ensure that General Motors will remain at the forefront of technology development and the auto industry."
 More than 200 GM employes have received the "Boss" Kettering Award since it was initiated in 1976 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kettering's birth.
 A list of the 1991 award winners, their inventions, and their GM affiliates follows:
 General Motors
 1991 "Boss" Kettering Award Winners
 Invention Inventor(s) GM Affiliate
 Expert system which Thomas J. Lorenzen Research/Environmental
 assists engineers Lynn T. Truss "
 in designing William S. Spangler Advanced Engineering
 experiments and in William T. Corpus EDS
 statistically
 analyzing the test
 data
 Camshaft belt Eberhard E. Wasserbaech Advanced Engineering
 grinder can Jae M. Lee "
 simultaneously Henry B. Patterson " (retired)
 grind several
 camlobes which
 improves productivity
 and saves money
 Engine-knock Gene A. West Delco Electronics
 sensing system Glen C. Hamren " (retired)
 which aids in
 engine-knock reduction
 and optimizes ignition
 timing for better fuel
 economy and lower emissions
 Special Gerard F. Kelley Delco Electronics
 electronics for Larry R. Hach "
 controlling and
 monitoring the brake
 modulator motors and
 circuitry in GM's ABS VI
 anti-lock brakes
 Circuitry which William F. Gilbert Delco Electronics
 ensures pleasing James E. Mathews "
 FM radio reception Burtron D. Schertz " (retired)
 even when tuned to Wayne A. Smith "
 a weaker station Lester Wilkinson "
 in the presence of
 a stronger station
 An integral wheel Andrzej M. Pawlak Research/Environmental
 bearing speed Takeshi Shirai Delco Remy
 sensing device
 which provides high
 signal to noise ratio
 and is contained in all
 GM ABS and traction
 control systems
 Composite iron Robert W. Ward Delco Remy
 material -- a resin- (retired)
 coated iron powder
 which can be molded into
 magnetic cores and is used
 in integrated coil and
 electronic ignition systems
 A new type of line William J. Vukovich GM Powertrain
 pressure control
 for automatic
 transmissions -- ensures
 high quality shifting
 throughout the life of
 the powertrain regardless
 of wear or performance
 variations
 A method to Abdul S. Abdul Research/Environmental
 maximize recovery
 of petroleum products
 accidentally spilled or
 leaked into the soil and
 ground water system
 Engine control William J. Bolander Saturn
 system that Larry T. Nitz "
 consistently
 provides optimal
 spark advance without
 the occurrence
 of engine knock
 -0- 3/11/92
 /CONTACT: Mary T. Roznowski of General Motors, 313-986-5717/
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