Professor of mechanical engineering
areas of expertise: thermodynamics, applied combustion, automotive, powertrain and vehicle technology, internal combustion engines, petroleum and biofuels, energy conversion, engine performance, efficiency and air pollutant emissions, future transportation energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, vehicle emissions control
John Heywood has been a faculty member since 1968 at MIT, where he has been Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory.
His interests are focused on internal combustion engines, their fuels, and broader studies of future transportation technology, fuel supply options, and air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. He has published more than 200 papers in the technical literature, and is the author of several books including a major text and professional reference Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals.
He is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has received many awards for his work, including the 1996 U.S. Department of Transportation Award for the Advancement of Motor Vehicle Research and Development, and the Society of Automotive Engineers 2008 Award for his contributions to automotive policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has a PhD from MIT, a DSc from Cambridge University, and honorary degrees from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and City University, London.
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