Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to inform you that College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Emeritus Faydor L. Litvin has won ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Thomas A. Edison award for his patent “Apparatus and Method for Precision Grinding Face Gear”. This patent revolutionized the manufacturability and achievable quality of hardened face gears and reduces weight of helicopter transmissions. The Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, which was established in 1997, is given yearly to one individual for a patented device or process with the potential to enhance some aspect of mechanical engineering.

Professor Litvin will receive the award on Monday, November 15, 2004 at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Congratulations to Professor Litvin for receiving the Edison Award and to his 20 years of technical contributions to the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at UIC.

Sincerely,

Bill Worek

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