This award acknowledges accomplishments in standards development in the disciplines of environment, safety, materials, testing and emissions. It is believed by the Council and those in charge of the Society's work that standardization must start as soon as possible. "A good definition of standardization in the engineering sense is to say that it means the elimination of the unnecessary." "A good engineering design may be the reason why it is worthy of universal adoption." "The adoption of a standard is not compulsory; it is voluntary." This award honors Henry Souther, 1911 SAE President and known as the father of the SAE standards. This award, established in 2001, is administered by the Environmental Award Committee under the auspices of the SAE Sustainable Development Program Committee. It consists of a framed certificate which is presented at an appropriate SAE meeting.