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Engineers Win SAE International Award for Excellence in Automotive Policies

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 17, 2006 - Gerald Hadder and Robert Crawford have been selected to receive SAE International’s Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis.  They were presented the award at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 8-10.

The award, established in 2004, recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of efficient and effective federal policies related to the automotive sector.  It honors the memory of Barry D. McNutt, a major contributor to national energy and environmental policies for transportation.  A 35-year member of SAE International and career-long public servant, McNutt served the Public Health Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Gerald Hadder

Gerald HadderHadder is a retired senior research and development staff member of the Engineering Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He was the manager and principal investigator for petroleum refinery modeling projects in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Policy and International Affairs.  He studied the refining impacts of reformulated gasoline; reduction of sulfur, benzene, oxygenates, and toxics in gasoline; ethanol demand in gasoline production; and production of reformulated and higher quality diesel fuels.  He recently developed the concept for a patent covering four groups of reformulated, low-emissions diesel fuels.  Previously, he was a process engineer with Exxon Corporation. 

Hadder is a member of SAE International.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the  University  of  Tennesseeand a master’s degree in quantitative methods from  Louisiana  State  University.  He resides in  Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Robert Crawford

Robert CrawfordCrawford’s 25-year career in consulting has been focused on energy and environmental studies related to motor vehicles.  He is currently an independent consultant for Rincon Ranch Consulting in  Tucson, Ariz., where he assists clients with statistical problems, data analysis, and computer modeling needs in the areas of diesel fuels, mobile and stationary source emissions, and ambient air quality issues.   Since 1998, Crawford has worked on a team supporting the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U. S. Department of Energy.  He conducted an analysis for a patent covering four groups of reformulated, low-emissions diesel fuels that was issued this year.  Previously, Crawford was employed for more than 17 years at Energy and Environmental Analysis, a consulting firm in  Washington D.C. 

Crawford is a member of SAE International, volunteers with Project Astro to support science education in Tucson public schools, and supports of the Missouri 4-H Foundation’s college scholarship program.  He received his bachelor’s degree from  Pomona  College  and his master’s degree from  Brown  University, where he was a doctoral candidate in physics.  He resides in Tucson, Ariz.