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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PhD Student Graduate Research Assistantships in Diesel Engine Aftertreatment System Modeling and State Estimation

The Intelligent Systems and Control Laboratory and the Advanced Power Systems Research Center in the Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University invites applications for four PhD Student Graduate Research Assistantships in: Diesel Engine Aftertreatment System Modeling and State Estimation. It is estimated that 3 Assistantships will be in Mechanical Engineering and 1 Assistantship will be in Chemical Engineering.

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Michigan Tech, AVL and ESD to Provide Free Training for MI’s Auto Engineers

Michigan Tech, AVL and ESD to Provide Free Training for MI’s Auto Engineers

Classes Start September 3 -December 10, 2009
ESD Headquarters, Southfield
Thursdays, 5 – 8 p.m.

Michigan Technological University, AVL and The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) are reaching out to help Michigan’s automotive engineers prepare for the industry’s movement into sustainable hybrid vehicle technology. A semester-long course, Advanced Propulsion for Hybrid Vehicles with Concentration in Battery Engineering , will be offered tuition-free to 100 students this fall.

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Tammy Haut Donahue Selected to Participate in Women’s International Research Engineering Summit in Barcelona

Dr. Tammy Haut Donahue, Associate Professor, has been selected to participate in the Women’s International Research Engineering Summit (WIRES) in Barcelona Spain June 2 – 4. There were 276 applicants for the 50 US participant slots; full professors were selected on readiness to serve as role models, associate professors were selected based on demonstrated potential to conduct international research.

WIRES is the first annual international summit for women who are interested in pursuing international collaborative researching opportunities. The main objective of this summit is to enable meaningful and sustainable research exchanges between female engineers from around the world while identifying issues faced by females pursuing careers in engineering that could benefit from a global strategy.

Summit participation was limited to 50 US and 50 non-US women engineers. This event is the first in a series of such summits, and will focus on three research “clusters” or themes:

• Energy systems
• Micro/nanotechnology
• Simulation based engineering