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November 20, 2003

Alcoa Corporate Safety Director Invited to Join New NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 20, 2003--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Rick Williams, Alcoa's worldwide director of safety, has joined the newly convened NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel to assist NASA in its ongoing review and improvement of safety systems, operations and culture.

NASA's safety panel was originally chartered by the U.S Congress in 1967 to act as an independent body to advise the NASA Administrator on safety issues regarding operations, missions and other agency initiatives. A new charter, drafted following the loss of space shuttle Columbia, calls for the panel to be composed of recognized safety, management and engineering experts from industry, academia and other government agencies.

In announcing formation of the panel under the new charter Director of Safety NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said that the panel will have a 'deep capacity to conduct comprehensive, independent, external oversight of NASA safety systems, operations and culture'.

The new panel is also expected to play an important role in the ongoing safety assessment and review of the Space Shuttle program after its return to flight.

"We welcome the members' active participation in our efforts to emerge from the Columbia tragedy a smarter, stronger and safer agency dedicated to exploration," said Administrator O'Keefe.

Rick Williams brings to the panel over 25 years of experience in manufacturing including roles in operations, human resources, safety, and community and government affairs. He has served in plant, business unit and corporate assignments. Prior to his current assignment, Williams was the director of Human Resources for Alcoa Primary Metals located in Knoxville in the United States.

Williams described his appointment as both an honor and an opportunity for Alcoa. "Having NASA recognize the effectiveness of Alcoa's approach to safety and invite our direct participation on the panel is extremely pleasing. NASA, Alcoa, and the other panel members all share a common objective in pursuit of safety, we confront many common issues in our respective workplaces, so bringing our different perspectives to bear also offers rich opportunity for learning from each other," Williams said.

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, fastening systems, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 41 countries. For more information go to