Steven Plotkin is a transportation energy analyst with the Center for Transportation Research of the Argonne National Laboratory.
His recent work focuses on advanced automotive technology, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and automotive fuel economy policy. He was a co-principal investigator (with David Greene and K.G. Duleep) of the joint U.S. Department of Energy/Natural Resources Canada study Examining the Potential for Voluntary Fuel Economy Standards in the United States and Canada, and a consultant to the National Research Council’s study on the Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. He is a lead author on the Fourth Assessment Report (Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (chapter on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector), and has been a consultant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its CAFE Reform effort. Before joining Argonne, he was a Senior Associate with the Energy Program of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), where he was the project director and principal investigator for 11 OTA assessments of transportation energy conservation policy and technology and U.S. oil and gas resource availability, and directed the environmental analysis for a number of other OTA assessments. Previous to this he was an environmental engineer with the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, evaluating the impacts of large-scale energy development, and a staff engineer with TRW Systems Group, where he participated in studies of high speed ground transportation systems.
Mr. Plotkin has a BS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Engineering (Aerospace) from Cornell University. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Transportation Research Board, and is the 2005 recipient of the SAE’s Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis.