Christopher Grundler, the EPA official who will rule on Volkswagen's efforts to resume selling diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Grundler is the director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
He and a staff of nearly 400 employees work to reduce air pollution from vehicles, engines and fuels.
The Office of Transportation and Air Quality also establishes national renewable-fuel standards and evaluates advanced technology strategies that might reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
Previously, Grundler was deputy office director and chief executive of the EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he administered a five-year modernization program.
Since joining the EPA in 1980, Grundler has held a number of senior leadership positions, including director of the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement and director of the Great Lakes National Program Office.
He also served at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped create the agency's first environmental audit program.
Grundler was part of the team that developed the nation's first greenhouse-gas emission standards for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Grundler holds a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.