Robert M Wagner

Robert M Wagner

Director, National Transportation Research Center


Dr. Robert Wagner is the Director of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; a faculty member of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His responsibilities include vision and strategic leadership of NTRC, coordination of researchers and resources, and management of the NTRC as a DOE-designated National User Facility. He also supports external strategic outreach which includes the development of strategic collaborations with industry, universities, and other national laboratories; and the development of strategic internal collaborations to leverage ORNL leadership science resources. He coordinates closely with the ORNL Sustainable Transportation Program and line organizations to ensure the success and continued growth of the ORNL transportation portfolio. In addition, he is the lead of Sustainable Mobility Theme for the ORNL Urban Dynamics Institute.

Dr. Wagner is on the editorial board of three international journals, on executive committees for ASME and SAE, has organized more than 20 international symposiums, has authored more than 100 technical publications, and has more than 50 invited presentations in 10 countries. He earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and was an EPA Science to Achieve Results Fellow.



2018 - ASME McDonald Mentoring Award
2018 - SAE Forest R. McFarland Award
2018 - AAAS Fellow
2016 - ASME Fellow
2014 - ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award
2014 - SAE International Leadership Citation
2013 - SAE Fellow
2011 - NAE China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
2010 - SAE Forest R. McFarland Award
2010 - NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


2018 - ORNL Mentoring Program – Recognition for 5 years of dedication and outstanding service as a mentor
2016 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Development of unique marine engine facility
2016 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Support of the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy demonstration project
2015 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Development of an additively manufactured Shelby Cobra
2014 - ORNL Awards Night Research Leadership at the Group Level Award
2011 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Demonstration of 45% Brake Thermal Efficiency on a light-duty engine
2004 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Development of adaptive control algorithms to identify and characterize combustion instabilities
2003 - ORNL Awards Night Outstanding Accomplishment in Science & Technology Award for Early Career Engineering Accomplishment
2002 – ORNL Significant Event Award – Breakthrough research on diesel engine emissions controls


Phi Kappa Phi (General Honor Society)
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society)

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