Two men and two women have been named to receive the Automotive Hall of Fame's 2001 Young Leadership and Excellence Award.
The award is given to men and women no more than 35 years old who have demonstrated significant potential as future industry leaders.
They will receive the award Oct. 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Mich.
Ansaf Ibrahem Alrabady, 33, a project engineer at TRW Automotive. He has been developing automotive products for eight years and spent five years developing and implementing airbag firing algorithms and airbag multiplex communication systems. In the past three years, he has concentrated on automotive wireless communication systems and encryption.
Vickie Bostic, 35, vice president of Six Sigma for Lear Corp. She is Lear's first minority female vice president and has focused on using Six Sigma methodologies to increase customer satisfaction in quality, cost and delivery. During the past six years, Bostic has served in several manufacturing and engineering management posts at Lear.
Patricia Poppe, 32, general assembly area manager for General Motors' Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly Plant, North American Vehicle Operations. She is responsible for 2,500 hourly and 100 salary production, maintenance and engineering employees on three shifts.
Hau Thai-Tang, 34, chief engineer for vehicle engineering for Ford Motor Co.'s North America Car, Lifestyle Vehicles organization. Thai-Tang is responsible for the design, development, verification and launch of all vehicle attributes for the Thunderbird, Windstar and Mustang lines.