Future Direction for HE Engine Research on NG Engines
Dr. Alger's formal training is in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Thermal/Fluids Systems. Within this field, he has specialized in Combustion Systems and Combustion Research and Optical Diagnostics. His formal education in Mechanical Engineering is enhanced by the project management skills he learned as an officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Alger graduated from the United States Military Academy as a Distinguished Cadet in 1992 and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. During his 5 years in the Army, Dr. Alger served as a platoon leader and task force engineer for the 3/325th Infantry (Airborne Battalion Combat Team) and participated in operations in Bosnia and Africa. In 1996, he was assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers Southwest Division, as a project officer. After resigning from the Army, Dr. Alger began his 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 worked at Ford Motor Company's Research and Advanced Engineering Division upon completing his PhD. While working on Ford's optical engine, Dr. Alger 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, where he was involved in engine testing and combustion analysis. He is currently the manager of the Advanced Combustion and Emissions section, concentrating on improving engine efficiency and emissions thorough in-cylinder combustion processes and advanced engine technologies. He is also the 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. His 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.