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 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for both outstanding papers and for individuals.

This award is funded through a generous contribution from Dr. John H. Johnson, his colleagues and former students. Dr. Johnson, an expert in the field of diesel engines, a presidential professor with the Department of Mechanical-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The award consists of a framed certificate for all authors 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.

Eligibility Criteria
The technical paper must meet the following criteria:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OR

  • The individual must be an engineer whose professional career focuses 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 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
Nomination Deadline: September 30

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