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Abt Associates Appoints New Fellows; New Appointments Recognize Career Commitments to Technical Quality and Company's International Growth.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 7, 2003

Abt Associates Inc. has announced the appointment of two new Abt Associates Fellows: Marty Makinen, Ph.D., and Leland B. Deck, Ph.D. The new Fellows are Abt Associates senior research scientists recognized for expertise in their respective fields.

"We are very pleased to make these appointments," said Wendell J. Knox, President and CEO. "Leland and Marty have distinguished themselves as seminal thinkers in public policy research, strategy and implementation. Their work reflects the high standards of professionalism and technical quality our clients expect. As Abt Associates Fellows they will be in a better position to further influence the quality of our project work and will bring significant international and environmental expertise to the Abt Associates Fellows."

Marty Makinen is a health economist with more than 20 years of experience in technical assistance, teaching, and applied research in more than 40 countries in all regions of the world. He joined Abt Associates Inc. in 1985 to start the firm's international health practice. He has been the Technical Director of the worldwide Health Financing and Sustainability Project, the ZdravReform Program in the former Soviet Union, and Abt's subcontract with PATH on the Gates Foundation's Children's Vaccine Program. He worked on several major assignments on the Partnerships for Health Reform Project, and now coordinates technical aspects of its successor, the Partners for Health Reformplus Project. Dr. Makinen's recent work includes technical assistance, indicator development, and training to help implement the GAVI Vaccine Fund's Financial Sustainability Plans; technical leadership for the Equity Initiative in Mali; antiretroviral therapy policy development in Uganda; and design and conduct of a study of health zone organization and operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before joining Abt Associates, Dr. Makinen was a research scientist at the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Economic Development, a resident advisor on food and nutrition policy in Madagascar for Associates in International Resources and Development, and an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Makinen is active in the American Public Health Association's International Health Section. He has served as a Governing Counselor, currently sits on the Action Board, and has been the Program Planner for the Section 2000-2003. Dr. Makinen won the Section's Mid-Career Award in 1998 and its Service Award in 2002. He received his Ph.D. and Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

Leland Deck has been an environmental economist with Abt Associates since 1992, and is an internationally recognized expert on benefit-cost analysis and risk assessments of environmental policies. Much of his work involves assessing the health effects, both in medical and economic terms, of improving air quality. In numerous projects for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Deck directed Abt Associates' benefits analyses for a wide range of new environmental regulations, including setting the national air quality standards, automobile and truck emission standards, controlling power plant emissions, and developing regional air control policies to meet air quality objectives throughout the US.

Dr. Deck directed the development at Abt Associates of BenMAP (the Environmental Benefits and Mapping Analysis Program, previously known as CAPMS) for the US Environmental Protection Agency. BenMAP is Windows-based analytical software that estimates the health and economic benefits from air pollution control policies, including the incidence and value of avoiding a wide range of health effects, from asthma attacks to hospital admissions to premature mortality. BenMAP/CAPMS has been exhaustively peer reviewed by the US EPA's Science Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences, and even the US Supreme Court (in Am. Trucking Assoc. et al. v. EPA). Prior to joining Abt Associates, Dr. Deck was a senior economist with the US Environmental Protection Agency, where he was awarded a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service for his analysis in a landmark settlement to improve air quality in the Grand Canyon National Park. He also served with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Dr. Deck received the first Abt Associates Daniel Bell Award for outstanding social science research.

Dr. Deck holds a B.S. in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Ph.D. and Masters Degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland.

The Abt Associates Fellows -- a group of senior Abt Associates researchers -- assess and enhance the quality of the Company's work. Selected for their substantial intellectual contributions to Abt Associates projects and demonstrated commitment to quality, the Fellows are instrumental in building the skills and expertise of other Abt Associates researchers and consultants.

Abt Associates (www.abtassociates.com) is a private, employee-owned company that applies scientific research and technical assistance expertise to a wide range of social, economic, and technological policy issues, international development, clinical trials and registries, and complex business problems. Since its founding in 1965, Abt Associates has provided services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; and business and industry. Its staff of over 1,000 is located in offices in Cambridge, Lexington, and Amherst, Massachusetts; and offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Old Greenwich, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; and overseas in Egypt, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and other African, Asian, and Latin American locations.

For more information, contact Peter Broderick, Abt Associates Corporate Communications, (617) 349-2882, or Maureen Bailey at BCI, (617) 557-0011, mbailey@bci-pr.com.
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