Date
Event Location
ERC Conference Room

Future Requirements for Light Duty Vehicle Combustion Technology and Engines

 

Drs. Eric Curtis and James Yi, Ford Motor Company

Friday (11/17), 10:00 ~ 11:00 am at ERC South Conference Room

 

Abstract:   Numerous competing factors and requirements have created a fast-evolving and hyper-competitive global automotive marketplace.  Global OEMs must meet the needs of diverse customers and stringent government regulations as well as being environmentally and economically sustainable.  Different OEMs have taken different powertrain approaches and succeeded in the market.  This presentation will provide some of the requirements, challenges and constraints for future automotive engines within the context of growing electrification.

 

Short bios:

Eric Curtis:  Technical Leader and Manager, Department of  Engine and P/T Research, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Curtis' responsibilities include development of new engine technologies for both spark ignited and compression ignition engines, focusing on boost and air-path systems, as well as developing powertrain simulation tools and methods for optimum vehicle performance, fuel economy, and emissions. Since joining Ford in 1995, Dr. Curtis has worked in: cold start and transient fuel mixture preparation; Air-Fuel Ratio (AFR) control; and cold start emissions optimization for both Port Fuel Injected (PFI) and Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) spark ignited engines. He is also involved in advanced engine technology assessments for fuel economy, and is a Ford certified 6-Sigma Black Belt with a specialty in "Design for 6- Sigma" methods. Dr. Curtis completed his PhD at the Engine Research Center at The University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to Ford, he worked for the engine division of Caterpillar Tractor Company and taught high school math and science in Papua New Guinea as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Dr. Curtis has authored more than 38 external publications and holds 23 US patents. He received the SAE Arch T Colwell Merit Award in 2006 and was named an SAE Fellow in 2012.

 

James Yi: Technical Leader and Manager, Department of Combustion research and development and Engine System 3D Modeling, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Yi's responsibilities include development of new engine technologies for both spark ignited and compression ignition engines, focusing on combustion system research and development and engine emissions reduction, as well as developing physical models and simulation tools for fuel spray injection, fuel-air mixing, combustion and turbo charger operating processes.  James led the combustion system development for a series of Ford EcoBoost engines.  Dr. Yi completed his PhD in Aerospace Engineering with the scholarship from NASA Space Engineering Center at The University of Arizona. Dr. Yi has authored more than 40 external publications and holds 33 US patents. He was three-time recipient of Ford Motor Company most prestigious technical award – The Henry Ford Technology.

He was named an SAE Fellow in 2010.