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Dr. Nicholas Cernansky Receives ASME Honor for Engine Research

May 16, 2012

Nick CeranskyDr. Nicholas Cernansky , professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Internal Combustion Engine Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Cernansky received the honor for his continual research of improving engine efficiency and understanding pollutant formation and control in conventional and next generation engines. 

Established in 1967, ASME’s International Combustion Engine Award recognizes, “eminent achievement or distinguished contribution over a substantial period of time, which may result from research, innovation, or education in advancing the art of engineering in the field of internal combustion engines.”

Cernansky’s interest in internal combustion engines began as an EPA employee in 1968. Since then, he has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. Cernansky’s investigations have helped to make advances in emissions control, hydrocarbon kinetics mechanisms and next generation fuels.

Currently, Cernansky holds the Frederic O. Hess Chair Professorship in Combustion at Drexel and recently served on the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee of the EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He received both a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a master’s in public health from University of California, Berkley.

“Past recipients have been great people…I am deeply honored and humbled,” Cernansky said.

Cernansky will receive his award this Fall at the 2012 ASME Internal Combustion Fall Technical Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.