Steve Vander Griend is technical director at the Urban Air Initiative Inc. During his tenure as a U.S. Marine, he developed a strong mechanical background. As technical director for the Urban Air Initiative, that background, along with technical data collection and engineering relationships, has offered beneficial insight into America’s energy and environmental needs.

For the last decade, he has been involved in numerous projects surrounding the use of higher blends of ethanol. Recent testing, encouraged by Steve, helped to publish numerous Society of Automotive Engineers papers on ethanol’s performance and emission benefits. In 2019, he was awarded the High Octane Award by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine for his passion and unstoppable pursuits to benefit the ethanol industry.

Vander Griend has also been instrumental in raising awareness within the scientific community, ethanol industry and general public on the health and emission benefits of ethanol. His dedication to engine and fuel properties has created a new level of research and understanding related to fuel ethanol.