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Steven Plotkin receives SAE Barry McNutt Award

Warrendale, PA, May 25, 2005 - Steven E. Plotkin was named as the recipient of the 2005 Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis. The award was presented on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 during the SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.

This award honors the memory of Barry D. McNutt and his significant contributions to rational and effective public policy. A 35-year member of the SAE and a career-long public servant, McNutt served in the Public Health Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Administration and the Department of Energy from its inception until his death in November, 2003. He made major contributions to national energy and environmental policies for transportation. The award bearing his name recognizes outstanding contribution to the development of efficient and effective federal policies related to the automotive sector.

Plotkin is a transportation energy analyst with the Center for Transportation Research of the Argonne National Laboratory. His recent work focuses on advanced automotive technology, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and automotive fuel economy policy. He was a co-principal investigator of the joint U.S. Department of Energy/Natural Resources Canada study, Examining the Potential for Voluntary Fuel Economy Standards in the United States and Canada and a consultant to the National Research Council's study on the effectiveness and impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. Plotkin serves as a consultant for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its CAFE reform effort and will be a lead author on the forthcoming fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Before joining Argonne, Plotkin was a senior associate with the energy program of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he was the project director and principal investigator for 11 OTA assessments of transportation energy conservation policy and technology. He has also served as an environmental engineer with the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, evaluating the impacts of large-scale energy development, and began his career as a staff engineer with TRW Systems Group, where he participated in studies of high speed ground transportation systems.

Plotkin holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Columbia University and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Cornell University. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Transportation Research Board.