Six researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory received awards at last week’s Society of Automotive Engineers International, or SAE, World Congress.
Scott Sluder received SAE’s Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding presentation skills. Recipients must have previously received SAE’s Outstanding Oral Presentation Award more than twice. Sluder was elected a fellow of SAE International in 2014.
Scott Curran, Sujit Das, and Derek Splitter were presented the Forest R. McFarland Award for their role in facilitating technical information dialogue by planning and organizing technical meetings, conferences, and professional development programs in adherence with the SAE engineering meetings board.
Curran was recognized for enhancing the relationship between young SAE members and leading SAE professionals by leading a new initiative.
Das was honored for developing sustainability sessions and promoting cooperation among SAE Congresses. He also served as chair of the sustainable development program committee.
Splitter was awarded for helping organize the combustion track at the 2014 SAE World Congress and for his role as session chairperson. He also received the 2014 Myers Award, which recognizes exemplary graduate work.
Jim Szybist and Brian West received the Harry L. Horning Memorial Award for their SAE technical paper, “The Impact of Low Octane Hydrocarbon Blending Stream on the Knock Limit of E85.” The annual award is presented to the authors of the top SAE paper focused on the mutual adaptation of fuels and internal combustion engines.
Szybist investigates effects of fuels on combustion, engine efficiency, and emissions for conventional spark ignition and compression ignition engines as well as for advanced kinetically controlled combustion regimes.
West has worked on fuels, engines, emissions, and vehicle technologies, with a current focus on high-octane fuels. He is a fellow of SAE International, a DOE R&D Award for Leadership recipient, and holder of two patents.
All six researchers work in ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division.