SAE 2012 High Efficiency IC Engines Symposium Presenters
David E. Foster
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Keynote Speaker
Professor David E. Foster, the Phil and Jean Myers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1973 and 1975 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1979 from MIT. He has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin since completion of his Ph.D. He is an active member of the Engine Research Center, of which he served as the Director from 1994 through 1999, and from September 2008 through December 2012. He is also the Co-Director of the General Motors - ERC Collaborative Research Laboratory, a collaborative research effort between General Motors Research and the Engine Research Center that was established in 2003.
Professor Foster is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the Forest R. McFarland Award and multiple Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Awards of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Foster is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and has won departmental, engineering society, and university awards for his classroom teaching. He was a member of the National Research Council PNGV Review Committee for six years, he has served on the Committee to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies of Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, the National Research Council committee to review the DOE FreedomCAR and Fuels Partnership Program, The 21st Century Truck Review, and the review committee for US Drive. He has been awarded the 2011 Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication, the Academic Contribution Award from JSAE, the ASME Honda Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of personal transportation and he is a Fellow of SAE. .
Dr. Attard completed 3 degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Previous experience involved Formula 1 and Touring Car (V8 Supercar) engine development. He has authored over 30 technical papers related to advanced combustion systems, alternative fuels, turbocharging, downsizing, and engine design. Dr. Attard was awarded the SAE Max Bentele Award for engine technology innovation for his PhD work under Professor Harry Watson, which focused on two cylinder engine downsizing. He is currently the Head of Engine Research for MAHLE Powertrain North America.
Bill is currently the Program Manager of Advanced Liquid Transportation Fuels R&D at Chevron Energy Technology Company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked for Chevron for the past 24 years in R&D in a variety of areas including: Fuels Technical Support; Fuels Reforming for Hydrogen Production for Fuel Cell Vehicles; Hydroprocessing Catalysis; Enhanced Oil Recovery; Petrochemical Olefins and Aromatics Production; and currently in Advanced Liquid Transportation Fuels.
Bill is chairman of the CRC Fuels for Advanced Combustion Engines (FACE) Working Group and a member of the CRC Advanced Vehicle, Fuel, and Lubricants (AVFL) Committee.
Ford Motor Co.
Dr. Curtis is currently a Technical Leader and the manager of Engine and Powertrain Systems at Ford Motor Company. His responsibilities include developing new engine technologies for both Spark Ignited and Compression Ignition engines as well as development and application of powertrain simulation tools and methods for optimum vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions.
Dr. Curtis started at Ford Motor Company in 1995 and has co-authored 26 external publications including 21 SAE papers, holds 11 US patents, and received the SAE Arch T Colwell Merit Award in 2006 for his paper on cold start VCT control. He received his Ph.D., ME - from the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, in 1991
Chris de Boer
Transonic Combustion, Inc.
Read Mechanical engineering at Loughborough University of Technology, UK. Following Graduation, in 1974, he was appointed as a Research Associate and developed technology in Diesel Fuel Spray Characterization, Holographic Interferometry in Direct Injection Stratified Charge Combustion Systems and Flame Propagation in High Compression Ratio Lean Burn Gasoline Combustion Systems.
Joined Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Shoreham, UK, in 1979 as a Development Engineer in Gasoline Research Department and during a career lasting 23 years held a number of positions culminating in VP of Vehicle Engineering at Ricardo Inc., Detroit Technical Center. He worked in gasoline engine combustion systems research and application, control and calibration, automotive diesel engines and vehicle systems engineering.
In 2002 joined Cosworth Technology Inc. as Director of Powertrain having responsibility for all aspects of Powertrain Engineering. Cosworth Technology was renamed MAHLE Powertrain in 2005.
From 2007 to 2009 he was the Director of Powertrain at Chery Quantum Auto Co., located in China. In 2009 he joined Transonic Combustion in Camarillo California, as Vice President responsible for Research and Development. Transonic Combustion is developing a novel fuel injection system that significantly improves gasoline engine efficiency.
Honeywell Transportation Systems
Mike Guidry is Manager of Advanced Technologies for Honeywell Transportation Systems in Los Angeles, CA. With over 15 years experience in Automotive R&D, he has worked on a wide range of technologies from camless engines to fuel cells. Mr. Guidry holds a BSEE from San Jose State University and worked previously in the semiconductor industry. In his current position, he is responsible for leading development of new products for the world's largest turbocharger manufacturer. He is the inventor on several patents for automotive technologies and is active in SAE including holding positions in his local chapter and Formula SAE California. Mr. Guidry is a proud father of 2 with his elder daughter pursuing an Engineering degree.
David Johnson has over 20 years of auto industry experience. As CEO of Achates Power, he is responsible for technical, commercial and business development. Previously, he was vice president of product operations for military and export markets at Navistar. Before that, Johnson worked for GM where he was the program manager and chief engineer for multiple clean-diesel engine programs. He began his career at Ford, where he led the development and launch of the SuperDuty with an all new diesel engine. Johnson earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Jun Qu is currently a Senior R&D Staff Scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Tennessee. He earned his Ph.D. (2002) and M.S. (1999) in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and Iowa State University, respectively. Dr. Qu has 10 years of professional R&D experience on lubrication and material tribology with expertise on developing advanced lubricants and surface engineering techniques, as well as investigating lubrication fundamentals and material-lubricant interactions. He has published 50+ peer-reviewed journal papers, holds the first and only granted U.S. patent on ionic liquid lubrication, and developed two ASTM standards on engine lubricant bench tests. Dr. Qu received an Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 2009 and a Significant Event Award from ORNL in 2011. He currently serves in the Steering Committee for Wear of Materials and is a Technical Editor for Tribology & Lubrication Technology.
Vianney RABHI has been inventing, suggesting and developing concepts for engines and in thermodynamics for over 20 years. Self-taught, he started to register patents for combustion engines in 1987. In 1991, he patented his first "Variable Compression Ratio" engine concept followed, in 1997, by the invention of the MCE-5 VCRi engine, patented in 14 countries.
Awarded a technical degree in agriculture in 1981, Vianney RABHI quickly became an entrepreneur, creating several communication, imaging and IT companies. Between 1997 and 2000, these activities enabled him to finance the initial development stages of the MCE-5 VCRi engine from personal funds.
Vianney RABHI is the initiator of the MCE-5 VCRi project which currently harnesses the talents of many technical and industrial partners as well as private and institutional investors. This project is a benchmark in the field of variable compression ratio engines for automotive applications as well as in the management of innovative projects on an international scale.
Charles E. Roberts
Southwest Research Institute
Dr. Roberts is the program manager and has a 15 year history as part of the research team that conducts R&D for the SwRI Clean Diesel consortium, one of the world's largest diesel engine research programs, consisting of over 35 client-companies from around the world. Dr. Roberts' work on this consortium is generally in the areas of future technology assessment, combustion system development, and system controls. The Clean Diesel program goals include demonstration of future diesel engines that exceed 50% brake thermal efficiency.
Dr. Roberts is also an original patent-holder and previous program manager of the SwRI HEDGE consortium, which is conducting R&D for future high efficiency, ultra-clean gasoline powered vehicles. The HEDGE consortium is supported by approximately 25 client-company members, representing automotive companies from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Gasoline cooled-EGR technology developed for this program is now going into production world-wide.
Dr. Roberts is manager of SwRI's Powertrain Consulting Service, providing on-site engineering consulting to OEMs and suppliers to the transportation industry throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and China.
Dr. Roberts is a Fellow in the SAE and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he teaches classes in internal combustion engine theory. He holds over 20 patents and has authored over 25 publications in the area of engine research.
Stephen Scuderi is responsible for the development of the Scuderi Group's intellectual property portfolio and technical management of the Scuderi Engine project. He worked as a design engineer for more than 20 years before entering private practice as a patent attorney in 1998. Stephen has experience with patent and trademark prosecution strategies, reexamination filings, infringement and patentability options, as well as licensing and litigation. He has also assisted in the design of several aspects of the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine, and is an inventor on several issued patents and patents pending.
AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.
Paul Whitaker has worked in the powertrain engineering consulting business for the past seventeen years; primarily involved in gasoline combustion development with a focus on gasoline direct injection. Past projects have included stratified charge and homogeneous, naturally aspirated, and turbocharged engines in research as well as production programs. During this time Paul has written nine technical papers on gasoline direct injection technology and has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject.
Paul is currently Director of Product Technologies at AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc., with responsibility for engine, transmission, powertrain electrification and vehicle integration.
Dr. Alexander Shkolnik is President and CEO of LiquidPiston, Inc., a venture capital backed developer of high efficiency rotary engines. His responsibilities include providing leadership of the company, development and execution of strategic and technical plans, and corporate development activities. Dr. Shkolnik was coinventor of the LiquidPiston engine, and cofounded the company in 2004. He received BS and MS degrees from Emory University in computer science / mathematics and neuroscience, and then completed a PhD in computer science at MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and was then a postdoctoral research associate. His technical expertise lies in modeling, optimization, motion planning and control of dynamic systems with applications in robotics, neuroscience, and combustion engines. Dr. Shkolnik is co-author of 13 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, and has 14 patents pending.
Mark Sellnau is Engineering Manager of Advanced Powertrain Technology at Delphi Powertrain in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His responsibilities include development of valvetrain, fuel injection, and controls systems for advanced IC engines, including alternative fuels. Simulation and single-cylinder engine testing are used to optimize engine systems for high fuel economy and low emissions. His research interests include fuel injection, variable valvetrain, high-efficiency engines, low-temperature combustion, and cylinder-pressure-based control.
Prior to joining Delphi in 1999, Mark worked at GM Research Labs for 14 years. He has coauthored 20 technical papers, holds 15 US patents, and received the SAE Colwell award in 2001 and the SAE McFarland award in 2003. He received his BSME at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and his MSME at MIT.
Christopher P. Thomas is the Vice President, Advanced Engineering, Engine Group, at BorgWarner Inc. In this position, Chris leads a global team in Auburn Hills, MI, Ithaca, NY, and Ludwigsburg, Germany. His responsibilities include developing engine system concepts, technology, and component solutions for BorgWarner, as well as a technical advisor on Mergers & Acquisitions and Investor Relations.
He has over 20 years experience with BorgWarner and Chrysler Group LLC. Chris has held various positions of increasing responsibility in Powertrain and International Operations, including Manager Advanced Engine Engineering, Global Program Manager Phoenix Engine Program, Head of Powertrain Business Development, and Head of International Industrial Strategy.
Chris holds 18 patents in engine design and control algorithms, and has many pending. He is the recipient of the Walter P. Chrysler Award and SAE's Forest R. McFarland award. He has also co-authored SAE publications, spoken on SAE panels, been a guest speaker at several universities, and he recently became an SAE Fellow.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, England.
Mr. Christie is the Vice President for Engineering and Operations for Ricardo's US operations. He has been with Ricardo for over 21 years, starting his career in the UK at Ricardo's head quarters before moving to the USA. Mark has work in a variety of roles starting off his career in gasoline engine research then moving into test operations before moving into production engine engineering. For the past two years Mark has been responsible for engineering functions, facilities and project delivery across two sites at Detroit and Chicago.
Advanced Combustion & System Engineering - Affordable Fuel Economy?
Future fuel economy targets represent a significant challenge to the automotive industry. While a range of technologies are in research and development to address this challenge, they all bring additional cost and complexity to future products. The most cost effective solutions are likely to be combinations of technologies that in isolation might have limited advantages but in a systems approach can offer complementary benefits. This presentation describes work carried out at Ricardo to explore "Intelligent Electrification" and the use of Stratified Charge Lean Combustion in a spark ignition engine. This includes a "next generation" Spray Guided Direct Injection SI engine combustion system operating robustly with highly stratified dilute mixtures and capable of close to 40% thermal efficiency with very low engine-out NOx emissions. The use of micro-hybrid functionality for energy recovery, e-boost technology for enhanced transient response, advanced thermal systems for octane control and a low cost energy storage system have been explored to provide an "Intelligent Electrification" approach to systems engineering. This combination of technologies is shown to be highly cost effective in comparison with full hybrid systems.
U.S. Department of Energy
Steve Przesmitzki works in Washington, DC for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a Technology Development Manager for Fuels and Lubricants in the Vehicle Technologies Program. Steve manages a portfolio of research and development projects that support the administration's goals for petroleum-use reduction and displacement.
Steve previously worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a Senior Project Leader in the Fuels Performance Group. He also spent 14 years at Ford Motor Company working on vehicle powertrain design and development. While at Ford, he spent significant time working on flexible fuel vehicle development as well as developing on-board diagnostic systems.
Steve holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree from Kettering University; all in Mechanical Engineering. He is also registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.
DOE Perspective on Future Fuels and Lubricants for Increasing Engine Efficiency
Increasing fuel economy standards and the desire for lower overall fuel costs by consumers necessitate increases in engine efficiency. Fuel and lubricant composition both play a role determining how much of the chemical energy in the fuel can be converted to usable work. The Government can play a role advancing technologies to increase fuel efficiency by supporting research and development in long- and medium-term technologies. The DOE perspective on future fuel and lubricant technologies and the current research portfolio will be discussed in this presentation.