SAE John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines

Established in 2008, this award recognizes the authors of an original and outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE meeting on the subject of diesel engines in the on- or off-road industries and, in alternate years, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and development in the field of diesel engines through a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement. Nominations are accepted in odd years for the award given to an individual and is presented in even years. The paper award is selected by the award committee and is presented in odd years.

For the paper award, the paper must be published in SAE International Engines or Fuel & Lubricants Journals and must address research advancements in diesel engines regarding efficiency and low emissions achieved by innovative experimental and modeling research of the engine, fuel and/or after treatment systems. Oral presentation scores must also be above average. If the lead author of the paper is a student, the material forming the subject matter must be based on personal work or a result of their thesis research.

For the award to an individual, the nominee's professional career must focus on outstanding leadership in research to advance the field of diesel engines. The award will recognize technical innovations through experimental studies and modeling research of the engine, fuel and/or after treatment systems. In addition, the nominee's contribution to the SAE literature, activities and programs will also be considered. To nominate an individual, complete the nomination form above by the indicated nomination deadline. Any additional information or letters of support can be sent to

This award is funded through generous contributions from Dr. John H. Johnson, his colleagues and former students. Dr. Johnson is a Presidential Professor with the Department of Mechanical-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and he is a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is an expert in the field of diesel engines and his experience spans a wide range of analysis and experimental work related to advanced engine concepts, emissions studies, fuel systems and engine simulation. Prior to joining MTU, he was a Project Engineer at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Center and Chief Engineer of Applied Engine Research at International Harvester Company.

The award consists of a framed certificate and a $1,000 honorarium for the lead author of the technical paper or for the individual selected to receive the award. The award will be presented at the SAE World Congress or other appropriate SAE meeting. Co-authors of the technical paper will each receive a framed certificate.
Nomination Deadline: September 8

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