Speakers

Terry Alger Terry Alger
Assistant Director
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.


Thomas Briggs Thomas Briggs
Principal Engineer
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Briggs is a Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute in the Advanced Combustion and Emissions Section. His present work is focused on developing combustion system technologies to enable high-efficiency SI engines that provide significant real-world fuel economy gains. These technologies include the application of cooled EGR and advanced boosting systems, and also involve the study of abnormal combustion phenomena that limit the performance of modern boosted gasoline engines. Prior to joining SwRI, Dr. Briggs was a member of the technical staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center. While there, he led the development of a waste heat recovery system for light-duty applications. He was also the principal investigator on a project to implement advanced CI combustion system technology to a modern light duty diesel engine. Dr. Briggs has also previously worked for Caterpillar, Inc. where he was active in developing and using computational tools for engine simulation. Dr. Briggs is active in SAE as an organizer for several technical sessions and as an associate editor for the International Journal of Engines.


Yuan Shen Yuan Shen
Engine Development
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.


Robert Wagner Robert Wagner
Director of the Fuels Engines and Emissions Research Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Wagner is the Director of the Fuels Engines and Emissions Research Center, a Distinguished Member of the technical staff, and formerly served as the technical lead for engine combustion and efficiency research. His responsibilities include the coordination and development of strategic internal and external collaborations to better support the mission of the DOE Office of Vehicle Technologies. He is program manager for numerous DOE and industry funded activities related to combustion, engine controls, thermodynamics, and thermal energy recovery for conventional and bio-renewable fuel applications. His most notable role is project lead for demonstrating 2010 DOE Vehicle Technologies light-duty engine efficiency and emissions milestones. Robert is a member of several government/industry technical teams and working groups to provide guidance to DOE in establishing and meeting near- and long-term efficiency/emissions goals. He also has substantial participation with the Society of Automotive engineers (SAE). Specifically, he is the past Chairman of the Combustion & Fuels Committee, an organizer/chairperson for several technical sessions and symposiums, and a reviewer for technical manuscripts. Robert is also on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engine Research.


Jeff Xu Jeff Xu
Principal Scientist
Southwest Research Institute

Mr. Jeff Xu received MS in chemistry and MBA in management of technology from Simon Fraser University, Canada in 1999 and 2001. He also received MS in analytical chemistry at Xiamen University in 1989. He joined Southwest Research Institute as a principal scientist to assist electric vehicle development program consisting of battery testing activities and internal research program. He is a member of Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and American Chemical Society (ACS).