In 2005, CMI lost two valued members of our team. Their professional and personal contributions to our effort will be sorely missed.
David Bradford, who co-led the CMI Policy Group with Michael Oppenheimer, died on Feb. 22nd from extensive injuries sustained while escaping from a fire in his home two weeks earlier.
David was a professor of economics and public affairs and an authority on taxation issues. A member of Princeton’s faculty since 1966, he focused on public sector economics, and also served three U.S. presidents. As a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under the first President Bush, David worked on a broad range of issues in areas such as the environment, telecommunications, health care and financial institutions, as well as taxation. While serving in the Department of Treasury under President Ford, Bradford directed a study that resulted in the publication “Blueprints for Basic Tax Reform,” which is widely regarded as the forerunner of the major U.S. income tax reform enacted in 1986.
David’s CMI-related research dealt with the economic impacts of rising greenhouse gas emissions and mechanisms for motivating carbon mitigation, the results of which are included in the body of this report. What may not come through, however, are the irreplaceable good humor and warmth he brought to the CMI community along with his considerable prestige and intellect. We will all miss him.
Kenneth Charles Hass, CMI’s liaison with Ford Motor Company, died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 1st after a long, courageous and graceful bout with cancer. At the time of his death, he led sixty physicists, chemists, and engineers as Manager of the Physical and Environmental Sciences Department at Ford Motor Company.
A Ph.D. in theoretical solid-state physics, Ken made theoretical contributions to many Ford projects. The most significant work from a scientific and societal perspective were his groundbreaking density functional theory studies of NOx adsorption and catalysis on metals, zeolites, and oxides and of the bulk and surface structures and hydration of aluminas. These issues are central to air-quality improvement technologies, including automotive emission controls.
In 2001, Ken became the manager of the Chemical and Environmental Sciences Department, and beginning in 2002 he led the organization formed by its merger with the Physics Department. Ken responded to the challenging times in the automotive industry by arguing successfully that critical research areas such as environment, energy, safety, and new materials demanded long-term support from Ford.
Ken will be remembered as a first-rate scientist and a leader possessing outstanding vision and integrity. We at CMI will miss having him as our advocate at Ford, and more so as a colleague and friend.