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For release: Feb. 11, 2008

Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

Peggy Sheehan, Sauer-Danfoss, 515-239-6398


$1,000 donation given to support science and math competitions

AMES, Iowa—Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. of Ames presented a check for $1,000 to the 2008 Science Bowl program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. Matt Bendler, Human Resources director for the Americas Region, presented the check to Steve Karsjen, Ames Laboratory/ISU Science Bowl coordinator.

"As an organization, Sauer-Danfoss is very proud to be involved in the Science Bowl," said Bendler. "The Ames Laboratory and ISU continue to create a great competition that combines the development of science and math skills with a fun, interactive event."

Science Bowl consists of both high school and middle school events. The 18th annual Ames Laboratory/ISU High School Science Bowl was held January 26, 2008, and brought 48 teams (240 students) from across Iowa to ISU to compete in the one-day science and math competition. The fifth annual Middle School Science Bowl will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, 2008, also at ISU.

The middle school competition is a two-day event that combines a hydrogen fuel-cell car race and an academic quiz bowl. Sixteen Iowa teams (80 students) compete in the Middle School Science Bowl. Winners of the Regional Science Bowl competitions receive an all-expense-paid trip to their respective National Science Bowl, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

Sauer-Danfoss is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of engineered hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components, for use primarily in applications of mobile equipment. Sauer-Danfoss, with more than 9,500 employees worldwide, has sales, manufacturing and engineering capabilities in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University. The Lab conducts research into various areas of national concern, including the synthesis and study of new materials, energy resources, high-speed computer design, and environmental cleanup and restoration.