Archives—October 2009

Professor Emeritus William R. Shapton Elected as Fellow in SAE

The Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics is extremely pleased to announce that Professor Emeritus William R. Shapton was elected to the SAE Fellow grade. In the selection letter it states that Dr. Shapton was selected based on his outstanding accomplishments in the development of experimental modal analysis and the use of transient excitations to identify the dynamic characteristics of mechanical systems.

Dr. Shapton continues to be active in the department and is currently teaching part-time and is a co-advisor and coordinator for SAE Formula Car enterprise.


Michigan Tech Researchers Lead Project to Develop Cleaner, More Efficient Diesel Engines

Diesel engines are known to be reliable and economical. In recent years, they have also significantly reduced the particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions through advanced emissions control systems. An unfortunate side effect of cleaning up diesel exhaust, however, can be a drop in fuel efficiency and a need to do diagnostics of whether the systems is operating in its design state.

Now, a partnership led by researchers at Michigan Technological University is addressing the problem. The three-year, $2.8 million project is being funded largely by a $1.7 million grant from the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Additional support and in-kind goods, services and expertise is provided by the partners from the diesel engine companies Cummins, John Deere, and Navistar; sensor manufacturer Watlow; and Johnson Matthey, a producer of diesel catalysts and pollution-control systems. Scientists at Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories are also collaborating.

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