Research Staff


Brian West
Deputy Center Director and Senior Development Staff Member
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Professional Highlights


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1988
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 1986

Brian joined the research and development staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988 and has held a TN professional engineering license since 1991. Brian’s research has involved vehicles, fuels, engines, and emissions control technologies. His work with Lean NOx Traps was cited by EPA in the ultra-low diesel sulfur rule in 2000; he led portions of DOE’s Intermediate Ethanol Blends Program, enabling EPA’s approval of the waiver allowing E15 in 2001 and newer vehicles in 2010 and 2011; EPA’s Tier 3 emissions rule codifies NMOG calculations from his publications on ethanol blends research.  His current research focus is demonstrating the fuel economy and GHG benefits of high octane fuels. Career highlights include:

  • Fellow of SAE International, where he is active as an author, reviewer, and organizer.
  • Recipient of SAE Harry L. Horning Memorial Award for best 2013 paper focused on the mutual adaptation of fuels and internal combustion engines (2015).
  • Co-Lead of DOE Intermediate Ethanol Blends Program (2007-2012)
  • Recipient of DOE R&D Award for Leadership in Vehicle Testing during Intermediate Ethanol Blends Program (2010)
  • Recipient of SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award (2009)
  • Co-chair for APBF-DEC NOx Adsorber Tech Team (1999-2005)
  • Led project for Federal Highway Administration to develop data-based modal vehicle fuel consumption and emissions tables for use in traffic models (1993-1997)
  • Led special projects under auspices of The Federal Methanol Fleet project (1988-1992)
  • Two patents


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)...