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Diesel and Gasoline Engine Control, Powertrain, & Emissions Expert

Technical Consultant #2309


  • Diesel and gasoline engine controls.
  • Variable valve actuation (VVA).
  • Fuel injection systems.
  • NOx control in Diesel engine and aftertreatment-based systems
  • Modeling, design and control of advanced powertrains.
  • Powertrain control strategies that allow the efficient and clean use of conventional fuels, coal-derived fuels and biofuels.
  • Modeling, integration and control of variable valve actuation (VVA) systems in IC engines.
  • Engine algorithm development for closed-loop control and virtual sensing.

Research Interests

  • Engine and aftertreatment system design and control.
  • Alternatively-fueled engine combustion control.
  • Low temperature combustion - PCCI, HCCI, and RCCI.
  • Piezo-electric fuel injection.
  • Hybrid powertrains.


Undisclosed University, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1996 - Present

Serving various positions

  • Professor Mechanical Engineering, 2011 - Present
  • On site Staff Consultant, 2011 - Present
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2006 - 2011
  • Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, 1999 - 2000
  • Provided technical mentoring for students in two upper division courses: Systems and Measurement; Systems Modeling and Analysis. Responsible for evaluation and feedback of student performance.
  • Cooperative Education Student, 1996 - 1999
  • Working with AlliedSignal Inc. (Honeywell) Aerospace, under facility. Designed, analyzed and tested aerospace grade fuel and flight surface control hardware

Administrative Duties

  • Faculty advisor, Theta Tau Engineer. Fraternity (Organizer of the Local and National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Competitions)
  • Faculty advisor, EcoCar2 team - designing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain for a 2012 Chevy Malibu

Stanford University, Graduate Research Assistant, 2000 - 2005

Dynamic Design Lab

  • Develop modeling and control strategies for Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) Engines with VVA.
  • Research highly multidisciplinary, with significant overlap of the following areas: Dynamics, systems and control; fluid mechanics; combustion and thermodynamics.

Course Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2001

  • Maintained and developed laboratory systems for identification and control for the upper division/graduate course: System Identification of Mechanical Systems for Control.

Palomar Technologies, Vista, CA, 1999 - 2000

  • Developed an automated closed-loop control synthesis strategy for Palomar's premiere wire-bonding machines.


Courses and Workshops

  • Systems Measurement
  • System Modeling and Analysis
  • Automatic Control Design
  • Theory and Design of Control Systems
  • Multivariate Control Design
  • Adaptive Control
  • Delphi (Kokomo, IN): HEV 101 Introduction to Electric Vehicle Systems, Module 1 - Introduction to HEV (hybrid electric vehicle), PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), EV (electric vehicle),and FCEV (fuel cycle electric vehicle) configurations, with John Abraham (ME), May 11th, 2010, Kokomo, IN - course material preparation and presentation.

Honors & Publications


Educational Focus and Thesis

  • Dynamic Modeling and Control of HCCI Engines, completion:
  • Dynamics, systems and control

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Ground Vehicle Power Research Community, Energy Center - Member and Point of Contact
  • Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control and International Journal of Engine Research
  • Faculty advisor, Phi Chapter of Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity

Services-Government and Profession Organizations

  • Associate Editor, International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Control Engineering Practice Journal
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Engine Research
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Engine and Automotive Research
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Dynamics Systems Measurement and Control
  • Editorial board, ASME Dynamics Systems and Control Magazine
  • Session Co-chair and Organizer (Automotive Propulsion Systems) for the American Control Conference
  • Editor, IFAC Advances in Automotive Control Symposium and Special Journal Issue
  • Purdue Pugwash Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Judge
  • Proposal Review Panel Member, NSF Control Systems Program
  • ASME Fuels Program Peer Review Panel Member for U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Awards, Poster Judge
  • Paper reviewer for: IFAC Control Engineering Practice; Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control; IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics; IEEE Control Systems Technology; Journal of SAE International; American Control Conference, ASEM International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition; IFAC Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control
  • Chairman, Automotive and Transportation Panel, ASME Division of Dynamic Systems and Control


  • Bentele Award for Engine Technology Innovation
  • Ralph Teetor Educational Award
  • American Control Conference - best presentation in session award (Won three times)
  • Best paper in Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control
  • Best paper in Journal of Automobile Engineering
  • Purdue University Faculty Scholar

Publications and Patents

  • Author, Co-Author of over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and educational text
  • Over 20 Invited colloquium, seminar series, and conference and presentations, (Domestic and International)
  • Over a 12 patents (U.S. World, Europe and Brazil)


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University Stanford, CA
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, (Minor-Fluid Mechanics) Stanford University Stanford, CA
  • B.S.M.E. Mechanical Engineering, (Highest Distinction) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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