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SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University, Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor; Founding Director, Clemson Composites Center; International Center for Automotive Research, USA

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Aims and Scope

The SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy is a new peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the exchange of novel, innovative, and sound ideas on incorporating and enhancing sustainability from environmental, energy, engineering, public policy, social, and economic perspectives over the entire life cycle of automobiles, aircrafts, and other transportation systems that span across diverse landscapes. In particular, this Journal focuses on combining the engineering perspective with one or more of the other aforementioned topics to analyze the potential ways of improving the environmental performance of the transport sector.

The scope includes the development of environmental and socio-economic metrics, advancements in and application of costing methodologies, and the assessment of environmental impacts via the use of various methodologies to assess and compare the different aspects of sustainable transportation. The Journal also welcomes studies that assess and highlight the impact and contribution of proposed and actual transport policies, as well as of emerging/proposed technologies on the different aspects of sustainable transport related to energy and our environment. These aspects of sustainable transportation systems (automobiles, aircraft, or other such systems), which can be evaluated over all stages of their life cycle (production, consumption/use, and end-of-life), include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current and emerging technologies with regard to different transport systems (such as automobiles (cars), buses, trucks, trains, and aircraft)
  • Components and materials associated with these different transportation systems, such as engines and exhaust control devices (components) and different grades or types of steel, aluminum, plastics, and composites (materials)
  • Auto-efficiency–enhancing mechanisms and strategies, such as design optimization, novel combustion technologies, light-weighting, application of thermoelectric devices, and hybrid/electric/battery-operated vehicles
  • Technologies and initiatives that enable and ease the measurement and control of emissions for all kinds of vehicles, such as Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and exhaust emissions control
  • Auto-associated infrastructure, such as gasoline pumps, battery-charging stations, and parking-related infrastructure

Additionally, the Journal will also invite manuscripts that evaluate the impact of electric vehicles on the energy mix (nationally/globally) and its subsequent impacts on our environment. Metrics and methodologies associated with the sustainability analysis of automobiles and mobility options and technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact assessment methodologies and environmental metrics: life cycle assessment; substance flow analysis; environmental impact assessment; emissions (atmospheric, land, water) measurement and control; carbon and water footprint; energy footprint, consumption, and/or savings; efficiency improvements; eco-labels
  • Socio-economic metrics: multi-criteria decision analysis, cost-benefit analysis
  • Costing methodologies: life-cycle financial/economic costs, socio-environmental costs
  • Public policy measures: monetary/non-monetary policies, health and behavioral policies, population growth and urbanization impacts, traffic and congestion, policies affecting transportation design and engineering-related decision making, effect on energy mix
  • Engineering methodologies: design, materials, and manufacturing practices that impact sustainable transportation

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University, Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor; Founding Director, Clemson Composites Center; International Center for Automotive Research, USA

Dr. Srikanth Pilla is the Robert Patrick Jenkins endowed professor and Dean’s faculty fellow of automotive engineering at Clemson University. He is also the founding director of Clemson Composites Center and Director of the Automotive Engineering Certificate Program. Dr. Pilla also holds a joint appointment in the department of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at Clemson University.

Pilla earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a postdoctoral training from Stanford University. Prior to joining Clemson, Pilla worked as an Asst. Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pilla also spent time in industry having worked at SC Johnson and SuGanit Biorenewables as R&D scientist. Pilla serves as a materials and manufacturing consultant to several industries including OEMs.

Pilla’s research interests are in the fundamentals and applications of sustainable and lightweight functional materials and manufacturing. Encompassing the “Materials Genome Initiative” and “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership,” Pilla’s work aims to create a crosscutting paradigm at the interface of polymer chemistry, polymer physics, energy resources, materials engineering, manufacturing science, and computational theories. He has co-authored over 100 widely cited, peer-reviewed archival publications. He edited the world’s leading handbook in bioplastics and biocomposites and four SAE-Progress in Technology Series books.

Pilla is highly active in plastics, composites and automotive professional societies. He has chaired and organized several technical sessions at SAE World Congress and SPE-ANTEC. Pilla currently serves as an Associate Editor of SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing and on the boards of Journal of Renewable Materials, Journal of Composites Science, SPE Injection Molding and Bioplastics Divisions.

Pilla’s efforts in research and engineering education have garnered him numerous awards, including the 2018 SC Governor’s Young Scientist Award, 2018 University of Wisconsin GOLD award, 2017 BEPS Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2017 Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership Award from SAE Foundation, 2017 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2017 Forest R. McFarland Award from SAE, and 2016 Robert J. Hocken Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award from SME. Dr. Pilla was also recognized as USQ’s Eminent Visiting Scholar in 2017. He has supervised over 25 graduate students and postdocs, and over 20 undergraduate students. The results of his student’s research have been recognized with best research awards by the Society of Plastics Engineers, International Symposium on Bioplastics, Ceramics Society, Moldex3D.

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