Research Staff


Robert Wagner
R&D Staff Member
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Professional Highlights


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1999
“Identification and Characterization of Complex Dynamic Structure in Spark Ignition Engines”

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1995
“Impact of Fuel Spray Behavior on Combustion Stability in Spark Ignition Engines”

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1993
“Cogeneration by Steam Injection to Gas Turbine Engines”

Dr. Robert Wagner is the Director of the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center and a Distinguished Member of the technical staff 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 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. His responsibilities include coordination and development of strategic internal and external collaborations at ORNL to better support the mission of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office. Dr. Wagner has been principal investigator on many research activities spanning low temperature combustion, unstable combustion fundamentals, nonlinear controls, thermodynamics, renewable fuels, and emissions characterization. This includes the integration of ORNL expertise in high performance computing, neutron sciences, material sciences, and advanced manufacturing to accelerate the development of advanced transportation technologies. Dr. Wagner is the ORNL lead for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Vehicles and coordinates research spanning energy storage, renewable fuel technologies, advanced materials, and vehicle systems. He also holds leadership positions with SAE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Wagner is an Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Engines and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Engine Research. He has authored more than 100 technical publications, a book chapter, and two patents. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.


Technical Highlights October 2015Oct 2015 highlights

Journal Paper to Report the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNLs) Recent Discovery of Incompatibility between Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) and Zinc Dithiophosphate (ZDDP)...