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. 

He is the lead and a founding member of the DOE initiative on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines. This initiative brings together the expertise of nine national laboratories, more than 20 universities, and the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office and Bioenergy Technologies Office. He is also the ORNL lead for the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office sub-programs on Advanced Combustion Engine R&D and Fuel and Lubricant Technologies R&D. 

Dr. Wagner has served on the editorial boards of four international journals, on executive committees for ASME and SAE, has organized more than 30 significant technical conferences and symposiums, has authored more than 100 technical publications, and has more than 60 invited presentations in 10 countries. He also founded the ORNL Smoky Mountains Mobility Conference which is a unique forum designed to connect international thought leaders from diverse disciplines across industry, universities, national laboratories, and the government to drive the conversation for a more efficient, safe, and secure mobility future.

He earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

More information is available on LinkedIn and Google Scholar profiles.

 

Career Highlights

  • Director, National Transportation Research Center (2017-Present)
  • Lead, DOE Initiative on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (2018-Present)
  • Founding Member and Leadership Team, DOE Initiative on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (2015-Present)
  • Faculty, University of Tennessee Bredesen Center (2013-Present)
  • ORNL Relationship Manager, Fuels Engines and Emissions Research (2010-Present)
  • Distinguished Research Staff (2010-2018)
  • Leader, Fuels and Engines Research Group (2012-2017)
  • Director, Fuels Engines and Emissions Research Center (2010-2017)

 

Notable Technical Society Leadership

  • Chair, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award Committee (2018-Present)
  • 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)  
  • Member, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award Committee (2015-Present)  
  • Organizer of two ASME Internal Combustion Engine Fall Conferences
  • Chair, SAE Fuels & Combustion Committee (2008-2009)
  • Founder and/or organizer of more than 20 SAE International symposiums and conferences

 

External Awards

  • 2019 – SAE International Top Contributor Class
  • 2019 – DOE Vehicle Technologies Office Team Award
  • 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 Symposium
  • 1999 – EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship

 

Internal 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 controls

 

Honor 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)