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 has served on the editorial boards of four 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.
TECHNICAL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP Division Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2018-2019) Division Vice-chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2017-2018) Division Assistant Vice-chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division (2016-2017) Committee Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award Committee (2018-Present) Member, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award Committee (2015-Present) Chair, SAE Fuels & Combustion Committee (2008-2009)EXTERNAL AWARDS 2018 - Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers 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 SymposiumINTERNAL AWARDS 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 controlsHONOR SOCIETIES 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)