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Spears to Receive SAE/InterRegs Standards and Regulations Award for Young Engineers

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 6, 2007 -

Matthew Spears of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the recipient of the SAE International/InterRegs Standards and Regulations Award for Young Engineers. He will be presented the award during the Government/Industry Meeting in Washington D.C., May 2008.

This award, established in 2001 by InterRegs and the SAE Foundation, recognizes an engineer under the age of 40 who is involved in standards, regulations or conformity assessment systems that improve safety or reduce emissions in mobility vehicles.

This award is funded through the SAE Foundation. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Spears is a mechanical engineer at the EPA, where he develops vehicle exhaust emissions regulations. He focuses on improving the EPA's emissions test procedures to certify today's cleanest vehicles. His work has significantly contributed to some of the EPA's most groundbreaking regulations, reducing vehicle emissions by 95 percent. He is also a doctorate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, researching how engine exhaust particles interact within the atmosphere.

One of Spears' projects at the EPA involves implementing technologies to measure a vehicle's emissions while the vehicle operates in the real world, rather than in a laboratory. The results of this research provide a more accurate understanding of the emissions that vehicles emit. This work has earned Spears a number of high honors, including the EPA's National Science Achievement Award and Michelin's Challenge Bibendum Award.

Spears is a member of SAE International and the Coordinating Research Council, chairing several conference sessions for both organizations, as well as for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

A Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Spears holds a bachelor's in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Engineers License. He holds a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.

To set up an interview with Spears, please contact Justin Cohen at the EPA, cohen.justin@epa.gov.

For more information on the SAE International/InterRegs Standards and Regulations Award for Young Engineers, please contact pr@sae.org.