SAE John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines

Established in 2008, this award recognizes the lead author 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. The paper must be published in SAE International's 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 aftertreatment 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. If there is no outstanding technical paper selected, this award may recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and development in the field of diesel engines through a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement.

This award is funded through a generous contribution from Dr. John H. Johnson who is an expert in the field of diesel engines. He is a presidential professor with the Department of Mechanical-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University (MTU). Dr. Johnson is a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). 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 an honorarium for the lead author of the technical paper or for the individual selected to receive the Award. Co-authors of the technical paper will each receive a framed certificate. The award will be presented at the SAE World Congress or other appropriate SAE meeting.

Eligibility Criteria
The nominee must meet the following criteria:
  • Be the lead author of an outstanding SAE technical paper
    • If the lead author of the SAE technical paper is a student, then the material forming the subject matter must be based on personal work or a result of their thesis research. The lead author of the SAE technical paper can also be a person from academia, industry, government or other institute.
    • Technical paper must address the field of diesel engines in the on- or off-road industries and be published in SAE International's Journals and must address research advancements in diesel engines.
    • Technical paper must be presented at an SAE national or international meeting.
    • Oral presentation scores must be above average.

    OR

  • Be an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and development in the field of diesel engines through a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement
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