Attendees at the ERC Symposium

ERC Symposium

Every two years, the ERC organizes and hosts a symposium that focuses on special topics that are current and relevant to people involved in the transportation and combustion fields. Presentations are given by a range of experts providing perspectives on technical, strategic planning, policy and regulatory issues. The meetings have traditionally been well attended with 100-150 people from engine, automotive, truck, and energy companies.

Our 2024 symposium was entitled “Hydrogen for Mobility and Power” An agenda is available. Presentation slides available below.

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2024 Hydrogen for Mobility and Power

June 12-13, 2024
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Research Center (ERC) invites you to join us for the 2024 ERC Symposium “Hydrogen for Mobility and Power” with a focus on

  • Hydrogen Supply, Infrastructure, and Storage
  • Hydrogen for Power and Offroad Applications
  • Hydrogen for Mobility

The event will take place on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. The symposium talks will take place in Engineering Hall and the banquet will take place at the Pyle Center.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the state of hydrogen infrastructure, safety, and economics.
  • Hear about hydrogen use in a range of applications from stationary power to on road mobility.
  • Discover where research and development on fuel cells, electrolyzers, and hydrogen IC engines is headed.
  • Network with corporate leaders, researchers, technologists, and design engineers.

Presentations from internationally recognized experts and leaders from:

  • Accelera by Cummins
  • Argonne National Lab.
  • Caterpillar
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Enapter
  • MAHLE Powertrain
  • Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2)
  • NEL Hydrogen
  • Oak Ridge National Lab.
  • Plug Power
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • SoCALGas
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • University of Maryland
  • Volvo Group Trucks Technology

The agenda is available.


2022 Low Net-GHG Fuel and Engine Technologies

June 15-16th, 2022

The University of Wisconsin Madison Engine Research Center (ERC) held the 2022 ERC Symposium titled “Low Net-GHG Fuel and Engine Technologies”. The symposium focused on three areas: ‘Low-GHG Fuels’, ‘Engine/System Technologies’, and ‘Energy, Economic, and Lifecycle Analysis’.

Attendees engaged in:

  • Learning what low carbon fuels are likely to be used in current and future engines around the world.
  • Hearing about the latest efficiency-boosting combustion and engine system technologies.
  • Discovering where research on fuel efficiency and emissions aftertreatment is headed.
  • Networking with leading researchers, technologists, and design engineers.

An agenda is available with links to presentation slides.

2019 Technologies to meet Ultra-Low NOx Standards

2017 Impact of Future Regulations on Engine Technology

2015 2025 Engine Emissions and Fuel Economy

2013 Engine Fuel Efficiency and Advanced Combustion

2011 Future Engines and Their Fuels

2009 Reducing Fuel Consumption: Solutions and Prospects

2007 Fuels for Future Internal Combustion Engines

2005 Low Emission Combustion Technologies for Future IC Engines

2003 Developing the Virtual Engine – Current Capabilities and Future Directions

ARO/ERC- Engine Modeling Symposium

Theme: Developing the Virtual Engine – Current Capabilities and Future Directions
June 3rd and 4th, 2003, 1800 Engineering Hall, Madison WI 53706

June 3rd

Welcoming Address
David Mann, US Army Research Office

Conference Plenary Address – Virtual Development of Future Powertrains – Needs versus Reality
Gerhard Schmidt, Vice President-Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Session I – Engine System & Powertrain Modeling

Industry Trends in Engine System and Powertrain Modeling
Thomas Morel, President, Gamma Technologies, Inc

System Simulation with Caterpillar DynastyTM
J. Barry Heisey, Assistant Director, Engine Research, Caterpillar Inc.

Engine and Powertrain System Modeling at SWRI
Nigel Gale, Vice President, Southwest Research Institute

Vehicle System Modeling in the Automotive Industry
Trudy Weber, Staff Research Scientist, General Motors R&D Center

Session II – Air Handling and Fluid Flow modeling

Application of Advanced Turbocharging Technology for Fuel Economy and Performance
Syed Shahed, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Garrett Engine Boosting Systems

Modeling and Optimizing Variable Valve Actuation
Peter Brown, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering and Design, Ricardo Inc.

Modeling of Internal Combustion EngineAir Flow and Gas Exchange Processes
Reinhard Tatschl, Manager CFD Development, Advanced Simulation Technologies, AVL ListGmbH

PANEL DISUSSION – Future Research Priorities


Evening – Symposium dinner banquet

Featured speaker: Modeling the Effect of Automotive Emissions on the Atmosphere
Rob Harley, University of California – Berkeley

June 4th


Keynote: Multidimensional Modeling for Engine Design
David Gosman, Imperial College

Multidimensional Modeling at FFA for Diesel Engine Design

The Use of Modeling in Design of Heavy-duty Diesel Engines
Wayne Eckerle, Executive Director, Thermal & Fluid Sciences, Cummins Inc.

Optimization of HSDI Diesel Engines Using Multidimensional Modeling
Rolf Reitz, Director Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Status of Diesel Emission Control Technologies and Implications to Engine Management Strategies
Timothy V. Johnson, Manager – Emerging Technologies and Regulations, Corning Environmental Technologies

The Effect if Di-Tertiary ButylPeroxide (DTBP) on the Autoignition of Gasoline in an HCCI Engine
Jim Eng, Staff Research Engineer, Powertrain Systems Research Laboratory, Bill Leppard and Tom Sloane, Principal Research Scientists, Chemical and Environmental Sciences Laboratory, General Motors R&D and Planning

Status of kinetic models for lean NOx adsorbers
Stuart Daw, Senior Development Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Lab


Keynote – Experimental validation and multidimensional modeling at Ford SRL
George Davis, Ford Motor Company

Gasoline Engine Combustion Analysis by Experimental Validation Using Optical Applied Techniques for CFD Model Improvement
Teruyuki Itoh, Manager, Powertrain and Enviroment Research Laboratory, Nissan Research Center

Autoignition Quality of Practical Fuels in Internal Combustion Engines
Gautam Kalghatgi, Principal Scientist, Shell Global Solutions U.K.

Multidimensional Modeling and Experimental Validation for GDI Engines
Andreas Lippert, Senior Research Engineer, GM R&D and Planning

Engine Design “Orphans” and Modeling Opportunities
Tom Asmus, Senior Research Executive, Daimler Chrysler Corporation

2001 Exhaust Aftertreatment technologies

1999 The Next Fifty Years of Engine Research