Government Researchers honored with 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (July 27, 2005) -Charles J. Mueller, Lyle M. Pickett, Dennis L. Siebers, William J. Pitz, Charles K. Westbrook and Glen C. Martin were selected to receive the 2003 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award. The award was presented at the Honors Convocation Luncheon during the SAE 2005 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan on April 12, 2005.

This award, established in 1965, annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering. The award was funded by the late Arch T. Colwell, who served SAE in many capacities for nearly 50 years, including a term as president in 1941. Eleven papers were selected for this year’s honor, among them is the paper authored by the team listed above: "Effects of Oxygenates on Soot Processes in DI Diesel Engines: Experiments and Numerical Simulations” (2003-01-1791).

Charles J. MuellerCharles J. Mueller
Dr. Mueller is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Engine Combustion Department at Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility in Livermore, California. His research interests include optical combustion diagnostics and fuel effects on advanced compression-ignition combustion processes. He has been an SAE member since 1997. Mueller received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan in 1996.

Lyle M. Pickett
Dr. Pickett is currently a member of the Engine Combustion Department at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories where he participates in research on diesel and low temperature combustion methods for clean and fuel-efficient engines. He has been involved in various combustion effects in NOx reduction by reburning in coal-fired burners, mixing and combustion effects in a two-stream mixing layer, and diesel engine combustion research. Pickett is an SAE member. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. Both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Dennis L. Siebers
Dr. Siebers is the manager of the Engine Combustion Department at Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility in Livermore, California. The department is focused on developing the science base on low temperature combustion strategies, such as HCCI, for achieving high-efficiency, low-emission engines, and on investigating the effects of fuels on these strategies. He is a Fellow of the SAE. Siebers received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1982.

William J. Pitz
Dr. Pitz is a combustion scientist in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He develops detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms for the oxidation of hydrocarbon fuels. He uses these mechanisms to study applied problems such as combustion of alternative fuels, combustion in diesel and HCCI engines, inhibition in flames, and combustion of explosives. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.

Charles K. Westbrook
Dr. Westbrook is a member of the Chemistry and Materials Science Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is an SAE member and has worked in the area of computer simulations of chemical kinetics for the past 25 years, having previously received the 1991 SAE Horning Memorial Award and the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award in 1999 for studies of hydrocarbon autoignition and engine knock.

Glen C. Martin
Dr. Martin is Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Engine Combustion Department at Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility in Livermore, California. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 2004.