High Efficiency Combustion Moderator


Paul Richards was educated at the University of Manchester, UK; obtaining his Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and finally a PhD for research on the transient performance of a gasoline engine. He worked briefly at the University of Bath, UK, studying diesel combustion, before joining the Associated Octel Company Ltd., now known as Innospec Ltd. He worked at Innospec Ltd. for over 27 years, where he was involved in the development and testing of many of their automotive fuel additives. He was concurrently a member of the Universities Internal Combustion Engine Group (UnICEG) for over 20 years. In 1983 he received the Richard Way Memorial Prize, awarded annually by UnICEG for the best PhD thesis in the field of internal combustion engine research. In 2006 and 2013 he received the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, and in 2011 was elected an SAE Fellow. Paul has authored or co-authored over 40 SAE papers and over 30 other publications. He co-organized the 2008 SAE Bio-fuels: Specifications and Performance Symposium that was held in Paris. He is currently the chair of the Powertrain, Fuels and Lubricants Activity and is an associate editor of the SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants.