United States. He worked closely throughout his career with catalyst supplier companies, government agencies, national laboratories, universities, and fuel and oil additive companies. To this end, his work arguably involved the greatest scope of anyone working in the broad area of automotive emissions controls.
During his long career, Dr. Gandhi received numerous technical awards, chief of which was the 2002 National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his contributions to the research, development, and commercialization of automotive exhaust catalyst technology. This marked the first time for any member within the entire automotive industry to win this prestigious award. In addition, Dr. Gandhi received five prestigious Henry Ford Technological Awards, the most bestowed on any single researcher within the Ford Motor Company. He also received the Platinum Award from the Institute of Chemical Technology–Mumbai, marking its Platinum Jubilee Year in 2009, the Pacific Basin Award in 2001, the Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association 25th Anniversary Outstanding Technical Contributions Award in 2000, the PNGV Medal (Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles) for Technical Accomplishments Government-Industry Teamwork in 1997, the Real Advances in Materials Award for Palladium-Only Catalyst Development in 1994, the Award for Excellence in Catalysis by Exxon in 1992, the Technological Innovation Award by Discover magazine in 1990, the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Ralph R. Teetor Industrial Lectureship Award for 1988–1989, the Crompton Lanchester Medal in 1987, and the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Chemical Engineer of the Year Award for 1982.
Dr. Gandhi had a long history of championing the introduction of emissions controls and supporting technology around the globe. He was a member of the advisory committee to the Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Environment to advise the government of India on automotive emissions regulations. He was also appointed to an expert panel by the United Nations and the government of India. Under this