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Wohlers Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree in South Africa

Also Serves as Keynote Speaker at Graduation Ceremony

Bloemfontein, South Africa, May 8, 2004—Engineering consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers, founder and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc. (Fort Collins, CO), today received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, received this honorary degree in 2002. "This is an unbelievable honor that was totally unexpected but greatly appreciated," Wohlers remarked.

Wohlers also served as the keynote speaker at today’s graduation ceremony. In his 20-minute speech, Wohlers detailed wealth creation through manufacturing, the future of technology for new product development, and lessons learned during his 18 years of consulting. An estimated 2,700 people attended, including 700 graduates from engineering, medicine, and agricultural management.

According to officials at the university, Wohlers was given the prestigious honorary degree for his professional knowledge, scholastic performance, and leadership, as well as for his contribution to product development education throughout South Africa.

Wohlers has published 275 books, articles, reports, and technical papers on engineering and manufacturing automation. He has lectured to thousands of engineers, scientists, and corporate executives from around the world, including many in South Africa. In the past five years alone, he has given 26 keynote presentations on four continents in cities ranging from Frankfurt and London to Beijing and Tokyo. His appetite for adventure has driven him to climb the Great Wall of China, hike the rain forests of New Zealand, dive among sharks in Belize, bathe in the Dead Sea, ride elephants in Thailand, and encounter lions and rhinos in Africa.