Volkswagen was named one of five finalists in the Manufacturing category of the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Awards. A panel of distinguished judges selected 51 finalists in 10 categories from a total of 444 laureates, whose work was nominated for an award. This year 17 nominations were submitted in the Manufacturing category.

Volkswagen's Flash Memory in Transmission Units was nominated by Mr. W.J. Sanders, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Micro Devices. Its high integration of electronics in automobiles promotes an immense increase in functionality, comfort, safety and economics for the customer, e.g. achieving a world-record efficiency of 100 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel by a volume model.

The Computerworld Smithsonian Program will announce the Award recipient for each of the 10 categories on June 5 during the Program's Annual Award Gala at Washington, D.C.'s National Building Museum. At this time, the program will also present Leadership awards to six individuals for their vision and commitment to spearheading revolutionary change. This year more than 800 industry leaders and professionals are expected to attend the event, including past Award recipients, chairmen, and judges.

"Volkswagen should be considered as outstanding among the 444 Laureates," said Daniel Morrow, executive director of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program. "It represents some of the very best in an extraordinary class of Laureates in the 2000 Collection."

Founded in 1988, the Computerworld Smithsonian Program searches for and recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology to benefit society. Each year, the Computerworld Smithsonian Chairmen's Committee nominates organizations that use information technology to improve society across 10 categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation.

The Collection this year includes more than 440 innovative applications from 38 states and 21 countries and will be archived in the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Information about the 2000 Collection will be available at www.cwsmithsonian.org , the official Internet Site of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program, where the entire collection is available to scholars, researchers and the general public worldwide.