December 10-11, 2013
Shanghai New International Expo Centre
2013 Powertrain Forum - "High Efficiency Combustion Systems" - Speaker Listing
Department of Engine and Vehicle Research
Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Alger's formal training is in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Thermal/Fluids Systems. He graduated from the United States Military Academy as a Distinguished Cadet in 1992 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he served five years before beginning graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Both his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on optical investigations in a direct injection gasoline engine to determine the effect of flow fields and other engine parameters on fuel/air mixing, emissions and performance. Dr. Alger previously worked at Ford Motor Company's Research and Advanced Engineering Division where he developed several new diagnostic capabilities, including PIV based turbulence measurements, a Spontaneous Raman Scattering residual diagnostic and a method for using a borescope to take flow field measurements. He was also heavily involved in the development of Ford's Light Stratified Charge Direct Injection Gasoline Engine. Dr. Alger joined Southwest Research Institute in 2003 in the Advanced Combustion and Emissions section, which he now manages, concentrating on improving engine efficiency and emissions thorough in-cylinder combustion processes and advanced engine technologies. He is also manager of SwRI's HEDGE II consortium, which is focused on improving gasoline engine efficiency through the use of cooled EGR, advanced ignition systems and other efficiency enhancing technologies. Current research interests include topics in ignition systems, abnormal combustion in gasoline engines, boosting systems for advanced gasoline and diesel engines and dual-fuel engine applications. Dr. Alger has been awarded 7 patents and published over forty papers on topics covering engine efficiency and emissions.
Manager of Engine Engineering
John Deere Power Systems
Kevin Bailey currently serves as the Manager of Engine Engineering in China for John Deere Power Systems. He has been with John Deere for 33 years, during which time he has held various positions in diesel engine design, development, marketing and application.
Professor Rui Chen, is the Chair of low carbon power engineering in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University and co-founder of the ELITECH Power, UK. He has over 20 years experiences of academic research and industrial development and was elected the fellow of IMechE in 2007. His research covers both modelling and experimental aspects of energy technologies in internal combustion engine, fuel catalytic processing, fuel cell technology and combustion kinetics.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
Huei Peng is a Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center-Clean Vehicle Consortium, at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of California, Berkeley, in 1992; his M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, in 1988; and his B.S., Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1984. Professor Peng's research interests include Adaptive and Optimal Controls; Vehicle active Safety systems, driver models, design/analysis/evaluation of vehicle chassis control systems; and Advanced powertrain modeling and control, including hybrid vehicles and robotic vehicles.
Zhejiang Geely Automobile Research Institute
Dr. Yuan Shen is the Chief Engineer and Director of Engine Development Division at Geely Automobile Research Institute. Dr. Shen obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University and has worked on internal combustion engines for many years. In the past 10 years, Dr. Shen has organized and chaired several SAE conferences as well as published several SAE technical papers. Dr. Shen is currently responsible for the engine design and development at Geely Automobile Research Institute.
North American Science Labs
GM Global Research and Development
Dr. J. Gary Smyth is Executive Director, Global R&D Laboratories, GM Global Research and Development.
Smyth began his career with GM in 1989 as a senior project engineer with GM Advanced Product Engineering in Warren, Michigan. He has held numerous positions in the Advanced Powertrain organization and was named Engineering Director, Advanced Propulsion System Controls in 1999, with responsibilities including advanced diesel and advanced emission development. In September 2004, he transferred to GM R&D as Director, Powertrain Systems Research Lab, where his responsibilities included directing all research and development globally for conventional and hybridized propulsion systems. In June 2010, Gary was promoted to Executive Director, North American Science Labs, GM Global R&D. A native of Northern Ireland, Smyth attended The Queen's University of Belfast (QUB). He studied Mechanical Engineering and received a B.Sc. in 1985 and a PhD in 1991. He is an active member of SAE International, including a founding member of the Executive Leadership Team for the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference (NAIPC).
Robert Wagner (Symposium Organizer)
Distinguished Research Staff
Oak Ridge National Lab
Dr. Wagner is the Director of the Fuels Engines and Emissions Research Center, a Distinguished Member of the technical staff, and serves as the technical lead for engine combustion and efficiency research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His responsibilities include providing technical direction and leadership to a diverse research portfolio for addressing evolving efficiency and emissions challenges in the transportation sector in support of the DOE Office of Vehicle Technologies. He has been principal investigator on numerous DOE and industry funded activities related to combustion, engine controls, thermodynamics, and thermal energy recovery for conventional and bio-renewable fuel applications. Robert is a member of several government/industry technical teams to provide guidance to DOE in establishing and meeting near- and long-term efficiency goals. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Vehicles, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engine Research and has more than 70 technical publications.
Director of State Key Laboratory of Engine Combustion
Mingfa Yao received his Ph.D degree in 1999 from Tianjin University. Since graduation, he has been working at the State Key Laboratory of Engines, of Tianjin University. His research interests include: Engine Combustion, Pollutant Emission Control, Alternative Fuels and Combustion Simulation. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and international conferences. He received the National Outstanding Young Scholarship Award in 2011. Currently, he is a professor & Director of State Key Laboratory of Engines, Tianjin University.