SAE 2013 International Natural Gas Symposium

March 12-13, 2013

Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Clemson Univ - ICAR


Dr. Zoran Filipi Dr. Zoran Filipi
Professor and Timken Endowed Chair
Vehicle System Design
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR)

He was with the University of Michigan between 1994 and 2011, where he rose to the rank of Research Professor, and served as the director of the Center for Engineering Excellence through Hybrid Technology and the deputy director of the Automotive Research Center, a U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of ground vehicles. Prof. Filipi received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in 1992. His main research interests are advanced IC engine concepts, alternative fuels, alternative and hybrid powertrain systems, and energy for transportation. He published over 140 papers in international journals and refereed conference proceedings, and holds three patents. Dr. Filipi is an SAE Fellow, and the recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award (2009), the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Award (2010), Springer Award (2012) for the most cited article in the International Journal of Automotive Technology, IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering Best Paper Award (2012), and the UofM Research Faculty Achievement Award (2010).

Ronald Graves Dr. Ronald Graves
Sustainable Transportation Program
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) covers the laboratory’s research in vehicle efficiency technologies, fuels, and intelligent transportation systems. He joined ORNL in 1976 after receiving his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He has been a member and leader of many projects in transportation fuels and engines since the early 1980s, including work on methanol, ethanol, and the effects of diesel fuel sulfur and fuel composition on combustion and emissions. He currently serves on the technical teams for the U.S. DRIVE Partnership and the 21st Century Truck Partnership. Over 25 years ago, he led the establishment of engine and emissions research at ORNL that continues today. He has participated in Working Groups of the Coordinating Research Council and is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Graves has a record of over 60 publications and reports that encompass subjects in internal combustion engines, fuels, power systems, and materials. He shares four patents with co-workers. He recently served on the National Academy of Sciences committee on Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle fuel economy.

Dr. Joachim G. Taiber Dr. Joachim G. Taiber
Department of Automotive Engineering
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR)

His research focus is Clean Transportation and Advanced Vehicle Communication, where he analyses especially the connectivity between vehicle and infrastructure. He is also leading a joint economic development initiative between CU-ICAR and SC-TAC (South Carolina Technology Aviation Center) with the purpose to redevelop a significant part of an airport/business park property into a unique test bed for public and private stakeholders to develop and validate innovative vehicle-infrastructure solutions.

Prior to his engagement at Clemson University, Dr. Taiber was leading the Information Technology Research Office of the BMW Group Information Technology Research Center (ITRC), the first facility created at the CU-ICAR campus.

He joined BMW in Germany in 1997 as an in-house consultant for business process re-engineering in product development with a focus on functional integration and vehicle systems integration. Since 1999 he worked in different leadership positions in the BMW Group Enterprise IT organization in the areas of IT strategy, IT program management, IT innovation management and IT benchmarking. In 2005 he came to the US to implement collaborative IT innovation projects for the BMW Group in the ITRC which included topics in the domain of the “networked vehicle”.

Dr. Taiber started his career as assistant to the CTO of a Swiss start-up company in the area of CAD/CAM/PDM systems where he was responsible for product strategy and university research collaboration.

He holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD Degree in Technical Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ).

Robert Wagner Robert Wagner
Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

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/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 and working groups to provide guidance to DOE in establishing and meeting near- and long-term efficiency goals. Robert is also a member of the Executive Committee of the DOE U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Vehicles and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Engine Research and an Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Engines. He has more than 80 technical publications and is often invited to speak on the topics of engine efficiency, advanced combustion, and engine cyclic dispersion phenomena.