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Thursday, April 11

Sustainable Transportation and the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine

Robert Wagner, Director, Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center, ORNL
Sustainable Campus Initiative Seminar
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM, Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (Building 5100), Auditorium (Room 128)
Contact: Dolynn Loy (, 865.576.2935


This presentation includes a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of new vehicle architectures, the future of the internal combustion engine, and sustainability from a vehicle perspective. New fuel economy standards and emissions regulations are pushing vehicle technology development on a scale not previously seen in the automotive community. Advances in vehicle components and sensors, coupled with increasing onboard computing power, are enabling unprecedented flexibility in vehicle architecture and controls. This flexibility enables better integration of internal combustion engine technologies with electric machinery and power electronics, and more optimal control strategies for maximizing vehicle fuel economy while minimizing emissions. Internal combustion engines also continue to evolve to include real-world implementations of non-traditional high efficiency combustion processes and predictive controls as well as improved robustness and fuel flexibility.

About the speaker
Dr. Robert Wagner is the Director of the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center; and the Leader of the Fuels and Engines Research Group, Energy and Transportation Science Division. His responsibilities include the coordination and development of strategic internal and external collaborations to better support the mission of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office. This includes the integration of ORNL expertise in high performance computing, neutron sciences, and material sciences to further the development of advanced transportation technologies. He is a member of several government-industry technical teams and working groups that support DOE in establishing and meeting near- and long-term efficiency and emissions goals. Robert is a member of both the Executive Committee of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Vehicles and the Executive Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Powertrain, Fuels, and Lubricants activity and was recently nominated to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Internal Combustion Engine Division. Robert is a SAE Fellow, Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Engines, on the editorial board of the International Journal of Engine Research, and has authored more the 90 technical publications.