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Keynote Speakers

James P. Szybist

Dr. James P. Szybist is the head of the Propulsion Science Section at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and additionally leads the Fuel Property technical team within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optima initiative and is on the leadership team of the DOE partnership to advance combustion engine (PACE) consortium. His research interests center around developing a better understanding of engine and fuel interactions, including the autoignition processes that result in knock in spark ignited engines and autoignition in low temperature combustion engines, and using kinetics to develop an improved conceptual understanding of the phenomenon. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the 2015 recipient of the SAE Harry L. Horning Award. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in Fuel Science in in 2005 and then joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a post-doc.

Presentation Title: Perspective on Engines in a Decarbonized Transportation Sector


Federico Millo

Federico Millo is a full professor of automotive internal combustion engines at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where he also received his MS in mechanical engineering in 1989, before joining the faculty as a researcher assistant in 1991. His research activity has been entirely focused on internal combustion engines, in particular on the analysis and on the diagnostic of the combustion process, on the use of alternative fuels, on pollutant emissions control in SI and diesel engines, on engine modelling and on the development of engine control strategies for conventional as well as for hybrid powertrains. He has been principal investigator for several research projects with major OEMs such as General Motors, FCA, Honda and Ferrari. He has published over 150 articles based off his research activity, most of which on international journals. He has been nominated SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Fellow in 2015, being the first Italian from the Academia to be elevated to the role of Fellow.

Presentation Title: Hydrogen as an Engine Fuel: Potentials and Challenges