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Forrest A. Jehlik

Principal Mechanical Engineer


Forrest Jehlik is currently an engineer in the Vehicle Systems and Interoperability section of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR). He leads a Green Racing program to promote adoption of renewable fuels and advanced technology’s through motorsports that may be transferred to production based vehicles. He also researches and supports bench-marking of a large range of advanced technology vehicles to support research at the CTR’s Advanced Mobility Technology Laboratory (AMTL). This includes plug-in hybrid vehicle and sustainable fuel technologies.

Mr. Jehlik joined Argonne in 2005 as the lead technical coordinator for Challenge X, the country’s premier advanced vehicle technology competition managed by CTR staff. Forrest provided his technical leadership and expertise to this program by establishing a technology objective, creating competition rules, operational and safety procedures, and assuming the lead for the competitive inter-collegiate vehicle engineering events.

Previous to joining Argonne, Mr. Jehlik was employed at General Motors Research & Development/Powertrain in Detroit, MI from January 2001 – July 2005. Forrest was the lead combustion engineer on a 10-member team that developed a proprietary combustion system. The results of this work led to the production of a 4.5L Duramax engine.


  • Environmental Engineering, B.S., University of California-Riverside (cum laude), 1998
  • Mechanical Engineering, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • SAE Detroit Conference Oral Presentation Award; Development of a Low-Emission Dedicated Ethanol-Fuel Vehicle with Cold-Start Distillation System. 1999 Annual SAE Conference, Dearborn, MI.
  • 1998 Jim Guthrie Research Award
    1997-98 Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Outstanding Student Award
  • 1997-98 College of Fellows Institute for the Advancement of Engineering Outstanding Student Award