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Keynote Speakers

Wayne Eckerle

Vice President, Corporate Research & Technology, Cummins

Wayne Eckerle received a BS (1975) and an MS (1976) in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and a PhD (1985) in fluid mechanics from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Cummins, Eckerle worked at UTRC for ten years on a variety of internal flow projects including chemical laser systems, scramjets, and gas turbine combustion. Wayne also was an associate professor at Clarkson University, teaching classes in thermal sciences and performing research in turbulent separated flows, two-phase flow heat transfer, and supersonic combustion.

Since joining Cummins in 1989 Eckerle has held leadership positions in metrology, quality, fuel systems technology, thermal and fluid sciences, and advanced engineering. In his present position, Eckerle is responsible for developing and integrating technology for Cummins’ next generation of products. Eckerle received the Cummins J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence in 2005, an honorary doctorate from Purdue University in 2009, the Cummins Julius Perr Innovation Award in 2009, and became an SAE Fellow in 2011.  


Thomas E. Graedel

Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Industrial Ecology, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Yale University

Professor Graedel was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2002 for “outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of industrial ecology.” His research is centered on developing and enhancing industrial ecology, the organizing framework for the study of the interactions of the modern technological society with the environment. His textbook, Industrial Ecology, cowritten with B. R. Allenby of AT&T, was the first book in the field and is now in its second edition. His current interests include studies of the flows of materials within the industrial ecosystem and the development of analytical tools to assess the environmental characteristics of products, processes, the service industry, and urban infrastructures.