William J. "Bill" Charmley to Present the 2004 L. Ray Buckendale Lecture

Warrendale, PA (October 20, 2004) - William J. "Bill" Charmley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been selected to present the L. Ray Buckendale Lecture during the 2004 SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition, October 26-28 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemount, Illinois. Charmley's presentation, "The Federal Government's Role in Reducing Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Emissions," will take place on Thursday morning, October 28, in the Dana Technology Theatre.

This award, established in 1953, provides for an annual lecture that deals with automotive ground vehicles for either on- or off-road operation in either commercial or military service. The intent is to provide procedures and data useful in formulating solutions in commercial vehicle design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance.

The award honors L. Ray Buckendale, 1946 SAE President, who, by his character and work, endeared himself to all who were associated with him. Foremost among his many interests was the desire to develop the potential abilities in young people. To this end, the lecture is directed primarily to the needs of young engineers and students with emphasis on practical aspects of the topic.

Sponsorship of the lecture rotates among companies within the commercial vehicle industry. Current sponsors include ArvinMeritor Automotive Inc., Dana Corporation, Eaton Corporation, Cummins Engine Co., and TWR, Inc.

Charmley has been with the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality since 1992, where he has worked on a variety of engine and vehicle emission programs, including the 2004 and 2007 U.S. highway heavy-duty diesel standards, the 2004 heavy-duty nonconformance penalty program, and, most recently, the U.S. EPA's off-highway farm and construction Tier 4 diesel engine standards. He is currently director of the On-road Heavy-duty Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is responsible for the development of EPA's highway heavy-duty diesel and gasoline standards.

Charmley holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Alma College, and a bachelor's degree in engineering physics and a master's degree in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married, has two young boys, and lives in metropolitan Detroit.