2009 Winners of the Annual Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

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Dr. Tim Johnson - for his work in Emission Control Technologies

Tim Johnson, Sc.D.Tim Johnson is the Director of Emerging Regulations and Technologies for Corning Environmental Technologies, Corning Incorporated.  Dr. Johnson is responsible for tracking emerging mobile emissions regulations and technologies, and helps develop strategic positioning via new products.  He has been with Corning for 20 years, with 10 years in the current position.  He is an expert and frequent speaker on diesel emission control technology and trends. 

Dr. Johnson was recognized for his technical accomplishments in 2008 by being made a SAE International Fellow.  He was instrumental in the development of the National Clean Diesel Program which is successfully controlling pollutants from millions of legacy diesel vehicles that continue to operate across the U.S.  Dr. Johnson is quite active in various advisory committee roles.  He is currently the co-chair for the U.S. EPA’s Advisory Working Group on Diesel Emission Control Retrofits.  He is also a member of the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, and the U.S. EPA Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee.  Formerly he served on the U.S. EPA Clean Diesel Independent Review Panel, and California Air Resources Board International Diesel Retrofit Advisory Committee.  He is a member of the Northeast Center for a Clean Air Future (NESCCAF/NESCAUM) board of directors, and he is on the Board of Advisors for the Center of Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside.  Finally, he recently edited the book, “Diesel Filter Technology”, published by SAE. 

Ms. Margo Oge - for her work in Environmental Policy

Ms. Margo OgeMargo Oge is the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Ms. Oge has been with the U.S. EPA since 1980 and has held various management positions in the Agency.  She also served as Legislative Aide to Senator John Chafee of Rhode Island, the minority ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee supporting various programs and bills relating to environmental issues.  Under Ms. Oge’s leadership the U.S. EPA finalized three of the nation’s most significant environmental accomplishments; the clean Tier 2 motor vehicle and Gasoline Sulfur Program, the historic 2007 diesel truck, buses and diesel fuel rule and the recent finalized clean off road diesel program.  These programs set more than 90% reduction in harmful pollutants emitted from cars, trucks, buses, construction, farming and industrial equipment and gasoline and diesel fuel.  As a result these three rules alone are estimated to prevent more than 22,000 premature deaths and hundred of a thousand of respiratory illness.  In 2004, Ms. Oge was a recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award for her outstanding leadership on environmental transportation issues.  She is also a previous winner of the Presidential Meritorious Award.  In 2002, the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) honored Ms. Oge with its Woman of Achievement Award.  Ms. Oge was recognized for her leadership in shepherding the Tier 2 and heavy duty diesel rules to fruition.  She was the first nonpolitical appointee to receive this award.

Dr. John Peters - for his work in Environmental Health Research

Dr. John FroinesDr. Peters is the Hastings Professor of Preventive Medicine in the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Environmental Health in the Department of Preventive Medicine.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in UCLA’s School of Public Health.  In his over 40 year career, Dr. Peters has published over 150 research papers, reports and chapters on subjects such as the health effects of air pollution, vinyl chloride and other chemicals in both the work and general environment.  He is the principal investigator of the Children's Health Study, a landmark epidemiologic investigation to identify chronic health effects from exposure to air pollution in Southern California communities, which has followed 11,000 children for periods as long as 13 years.  The study has led to broader public awareness of health actions needed to protect children’s health.  He is also the principal investigator of a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded program project to continue to follow these children into adulthood.  Dr. Peters has received many awards and recognition throughout his career.  In June 2009, Dr. Peters received the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit.  This award, the highest honor presented to alumni by the Harvard School of Public Health, recognizes leaders who advance the science of public health, improve its community practice, provide exceptional leadership of public health institutions, or contribute significantly to the training and accomplishments of the field’s future professionals.  Dr. Peters was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2004.

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