Tim Johnson of Corning: Global Perspective on the Future of Diesel Engines and Other Advanced Propulsion Options

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
2301 Bonisteel Blvd, Room 2000A, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
UMEI Event

The University of Michigan Energy Institute welcomes Timothy Johnson of Corning, a leading expert on motor vehicle emissions control, for this special seminar to be held at 11:00 am Wednesday May 31, 2017.

In case you missed it: click here to view this presentation. 


Whether in cars, buses or trucks both large and small, diesel engines are crucially important prime movers for many forms of transportation in the United States and worldwide. But the technology often finds itself in the spotlight due to environmental challenges, as seen in the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the just-announced U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Fiat-Chrysler for pollution violations in diesel versions of the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the new Nature article on how on-road diesel emissions greatly exceed the regulated levels throughout the world. Dr. Johnson will address what the future may hold for diesel engines and the cost/benefit trade-offs in the face of ever more stringent requirements to both limit CO2 emissions and robustly control fine particles, nitrogen oxides and other air pollutants to ultra-low levels. He will address the role of diesel in both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, provide an update on the state-of-the-art for emissions control as well as emerging options and challenges, and offer a global perspective on the evolving technological competition among leading propulsion system options including advanced gasoline and diesel engines, varying degrees of hybridization and vehicle electrification.

When and Where

  • Wednesday, May 31, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location: University of Michigan Energy Institute, 2301 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • FREE PIZZA served at Noon to the first 40 people 
  • RSVPs would be appreciated if you will attend; please contact Susan Fancy <sfancy@umich.edu>  


Tim Johnson is Director of Emerging Regulations and Technologies for Corning Incorporated. He is a well-known expert on emerging mobile emissions regulations and technologies, and helps develop strategic positioning for new products. Dr. Johnson is quite active in various advisory and ad-hoc committees with international government agencies, universities, and private organizations, and is a frequent speaker at international technical conferences. He has been with Corning for 30 years, and 19 years in the current position.  He is a four-time recipient of the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Awards from SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), and in 2008 was named SAE Fellow. He also received California’s 2009 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Technology Award.  He is on the editorial board of three leading engine journals, and recently served on the National Research Council review committee on the US Department of Energy 21st Century Truck Partnership program. He earned his BS and MS Engineering Degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and 1979, and his Doctor of Science from MIT in 1987. 

photo of Tim Johnson, Corning