Argonne National Laboratory

Principal Mechanical Engineer, Transportation Technology R&D Center

Thomas Wallner

Principal Mechanical Engineer
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Dr. Thomas Wallner is a research engineer and Principal Investigator at Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. In this role Thomas plans, performs and analyzes work for research projects on engine and combustion research topics with various fuels including hydrogen and natural gas, gasoline and alcohol fuels as well as diesel fuel in the “Engines and Emissions Research Group” and on vehicle-related applications with the “Vehicle Systems Group”.

Thomas has published more than 40 peer-reviewed technical papers and holds a European Patent on Hydrogen Injection Strategies. He is also an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has acted as a session organizer and chair at several national and international conferences. He recently finished a term as Chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) Advanced Power Source Committee.

Along with his research at Argonne, Thomas is a consultant for test cell design and layout for internal combustion engines.

Since 2009, Thomas has been a part of the adjunct faculty at Michigan Technological University. As assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department he supervises and mentors students for masters and doctoral research work.

 

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for outstanding contributions toward the work of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board, 2012
  • Presentation Award for Young Researchers and Engineers: Outstanding Presentation at the 2011 Japan Society of Automotive Engineers/Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE/SAE), 2011
  • Environmental Achievement Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for extraordinary efforts in support of greenhouse gas emissions testing on behalf of the entire recreational boating industry, 2011
  • SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award, 2011
  • SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for a presentation at the SAE Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Congress in San Diego/CA, 2010
  • SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for a presentation at the SAE International Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Congress in Florence/Italy, 2009
  • Argonne Pacesetter Award for excellence in achievement and performance  which truly surpasses normal job expectations, 2008
  • SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for a presentation at the SAE International Powertrains, Fuels and Lubricants Congress in Cape Town/South Africa, 2007
  • Dissertation awarded by the Association of the Austrian Vehicle Industry as the most relevant thesis of the year in automotive research, 2005