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K. Gopal Duleep Honored with the SAE International Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 11, 2011 - K. Gopal Duleep, president, HD Systems, was honored with the SAE International Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis during the SAE International 2011 Government/Industry Meeting, held earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

Established in 2004, this award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of improved federal automotive policy. Government policy is an increasingly important and complex influence on the ability of the mobility community to serve humanity. Through this award, SAE International recognizes the importance of sound policy analysis and inspires members of the mobility community in government, industry and elsewhere to strive for excellence.

Mr. Duleep has been involved with automotive fuel economy issues for 30 years; he has extensive experience with issues surrounding vehicle technology performance and cost analysis and is an internationally known expert on automobile fuel economy technology. He was fortunate to have his very first project as a consultant overseen by Mr. Barry McNutt in 1980. Since then, his work on fuel economy and GHG reduction technology for light-duty vehicles has been cited extensively around the world, and he has been retained by the International Energy Agency and the European Council of Ministers for Transport to develop strategies for improving the fuel economy of on-road vehicles in the EC.

Mr. Duleep has testified on transportation technology issues for the U.S. Congress during debates on the Clean Air Act and CAFE (fuel economy) standards, and was the expert witness for the State of California in their defense of the technical feasibility of attaining the 2016 automotive GHG standards

A member of SAE International since 1977, Mr. Duleep has published many SAE International papers on vehicle emissions controls and fuel economy technology, and has been a presenter/speaker at numerous meetings including the SAE Government/Industry Meeting, SAE Fuels and Lubricants Meeting, and SAE World Congress. He has participated in SAE International standards setting committees for establishing smoke testing procedures for heavy duty diesel vehicles and participated in an experimental SAE International program to evaluate the smoke testing procedures.

Mr. Duleep has several advanced degrees in engineering and also has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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