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Popular Mechanics Announces Winners of Design & Engineering Awards 2001

1 November 2000

Popular Mechanics Announces Winners of Design & Engineering Awards 2001

    NEW YORK--Nov. 1, 2000--The winners of the prestigious Popular Mechanics Design & Engineering Awards 2001 were announced today by Editor-in-Chief Joe Oldham. The Awards honor innovation, invention, design and engineering in the five fields covered editorially: automotive, technology, home improvement, outdoors, and science. The twenty-one winners will be featured in the December issue of Popular Mechanics magazine, on sale November 7.
    This year's Design & Engineering Award winners run the gamut from a washing machine that gets your clothes cleaner and is kinder to them while doing it, to a space station module that will inaugurate the world's first commercial television broadcasts from miles above Earth; from a versatile walk-behind earthmover to a tennis racket that features movable strings for more power and a larger sweet spot.
    "Our editors, all experts in their respective fields, know innovation and outstanding creativity when they see it," said Oldham. "Our readers have told us that no other award program inspires the same confidence. This award adds an extra measure of assurance for our readers to go out and make an intelligent purchase decision."

    This year's honorees are as follows:

-- 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
-- Chrysler PT Cruiser'
-- 2001 Lexus LS 430
-- 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
-- 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo
-- IBM MicroDrive compact storage device
-- Apple G4 Cube computer
-- Sony PlayStation 2 with built-in DVD, game disc and audio CD player
-- Runco PL-50C Plasma display television and computer monitor
-- Panasonic DVD-A7 player
-- Virtual Engineered Composites process developed by Genmar
-- Redline's new line of Snowmobiles
-- Rollers 2.6 Overdrive Tennis Racket by Wilson
-- Nike Shox Fitness Shoe
-- Whirlpool Gold Washing Machine
-- Dingo TX 420 Earthmover by Toro
-- Porter Cable Model 121 Handheld Oscillating Spindle Sander
-- Weatherbeater Ultra Latex Paint by Sears
-- Natureworks Process by Cargill Dow Polymers
-- Enterprise Module by Spacehab, Inc and RSC-Energia
-- Heliplane Transport by CarterCopter

    The awards will be presented by Joe Oldham and Jay McGill, publisher of Popular Mechanics, to the winners at each company's corporate headquarters.
    Popular Mechanics is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst Corporation ( and the world's largest publisher of monthly magazines, with 16 U.S. titles and 101 international editions. Of these, Hearst publishes 10 monthly magazines in the United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, the National Magazine Company Limited.