Vice President and CTO of Cummins, Inc. to Receive 2005 SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award
Warrendale, PA, Aug. 9, 2005 - Dr. John C. Wall, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Cummins, Inc. has been selected to receive the 2005 SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award. The award will be presented at the SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in metro Chicago, Illinois.
This award recognizes an outstanding engineering manager in the off-highway industry. Established in 1995, it honors Sid A. Olsen's contributions to the off-highway industry and the outstanding engineering management values he personified. Olsen, an SAE Fellow, was manager of engine engineering at the John Deere Product Engineering Center. He was a charismatic leader who was successful in attracting top engineering talent and mentoring them. His protégés have been very successful throughout the off-highway industry.
Since joining Cummins in 1986, Wall has held positions in research and development, advanced product engineering and technology planning. Wall is known for his hands-on approach to both organization and technology development. He has led the development of new technical centers in India and China, and he stays personally involved in critical technology areas like advanced emission controls. He also maintains personal contact with engineers across the organization and around the world, from new, upcoming engineers to senior technical leaders, offering and receiving advice about career development and engineering activities. In addition to leading Cummins research and engineering, his interests include technology for sustainable development, especially for developing countries. He is a member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Global Sustainability at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Purdue University Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council, and the Board of Advisors of Indiana University/Purdue University, Columbus. Wall has served as an industry advisor to the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His career began as a fuels and lubricants researcher at Chevron Research Company. In addition to industry activities, he serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Opera and his local United Way.
Wall was named an SAE Fellow in 1992, and he has been awarded both the SAE Horning Memorial Award and the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for research in the area of diesel fuel effects on emissions.
Wall received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also received his doctorate from MIT, focusing his research on internal combustion engine efficiency and emissions.