Steve Vander Griend wins High Octane Award
June 11, 2019: Steve Vander Griend, Technical Director of the Urban Air Initiative received the High Octane Award today at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW). The High Octane Award is given out by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine each year to a person whose passion and unstoppable pursuits have significantly benefited the ethanol industry.
Vander Griend is being recognized because of his dedication and passion to learn and educate the industry about the technical and regulatory details related to fuel and ethanol. Thanks to his attention to detail, the ethanol industry is better educated about issues with the MOVES Model, the importance of splash blending and how real world driving conditions and fuels are key to accurately reflect ethanol emissions.
“It is an honor to receive this award, as many people know, I’m just a little passionate about the benefits of ethanol. It is a great fuel and has a great story to tell,” said Vander Griend.
Vander Griend was nominated by his peers and selected as the winner by previous recipients of the High Octane Award. He says one of the biggest honors is to be recognized alongside his brothers.
“I am very proud of the fact that two of my brothers Dave and Dennis have had the opportunity to be up here receiving the Award of Excellence. Some of you know that my brother Dennis past away just 11 months ago. Dennis and I often talked about different vehicle studies and how test fuels were blended. And with Dave, I still remember sitting on our back porch 10 years ago and talking about a study that showed the octane performance of ethanol well above what was normally measured. It ended up leading to one of the largest octane studies ever done that included research partners like Ford Motor Co. and John Deere and then to the creation of the Urban Air Initiative,” Vander Griend said.