December 6, 2018

CE-CERT Director appointed to U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Committee

December 6, 2018

Matthew J. Barth, UC Riverside College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology Director and Yeager Families Chair, was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). This powerful subcommittee provides the CAAAC with independent advice, counsel and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of the program related to mobile source air pollution and motor fuels.

Barth becomes the 30th member of the MSTRS, who are technical experts drawn from a wide range of stakeholder organizations, including individuals from the automotive industry, energy companies, academia, public interests groups, and state, regional, and local governments.

“I am honored to serve as a member of EPA’s MSTRS. As director of one of the country’s most advanced laboratories addressing environmental concerns, I look forward to bringing a unique perspective and exclusive insight to clean air challenges and solutions,” said Barth.

For more than 25 years, Barth has conducted innovative research at CE-CERT focusing on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to transportation systems, and, in particular, how it relates to energy and air quality issues. One of his most recent projects has been to utilize real-time traffic information and road grade to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent. Barth has published in more than 350 scientific journals, articles, and book chapters and his work has nearly 10,000 citations.

As a subcommittee member, he will work with colleagues to address a wide range of developments, issues and research areas such as emissions modeling, air toxics, innovative and incentive-based transportation policies, on-board diagnostics, heavy-duty engines, and reformulated gasoline.

Since 1996, the MSTRS has represented several major reports and recommendations to the CAAAC, which, in turn, have been forwarded to EPA for its consideration and action. Meetings of the full subcommittee are held biannually. Barth’s term began November 2018 and will end in November 2021.