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Derek Riley Receives the 2002 SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

Warrendale, PA, Jan. 20, 2004 - Derek Riley, a market development manager with BP Amoco, has been awarded the 2002 SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. In honor of his achievement, Riley will be presented with a framed certificate during the Honors Convocation on March 9 at the SAE 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941.

Riley is being recognized, along with three co-authors, for his work on the paper, "CURVTM - A New Lightweight, Recyclable Material for Automotive Applications." The paper's co-authors are Mark Bonner, Peter Hine, and Ian Ward of the University of Leeds.

Riley joined BP in January 2001 as part of a small team brought together to commercialize CurvTM self-reinforced thermoplastic composites. Previously, he had been at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom where he served as Commercial Director of several spin-off companies formed to commercialize polymer-based technologies developed at the university.

Riley is a Chartered Engineer and holds a bachelor's degree in fuel and combustion science from the University of Leeds.