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Improved engine and vehicle efficiency to reduce emissions

Gregory Shaver Gregory M. Shaver
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Gregory M. Shaver, a professor of mechanical engineering, specializes in work aimed at improving the efficiency of vehicle engines and other elements of the “powertrain.” His research, based at Purdue's Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, focuses on model-based design and advanced algorithms for better control and improved efficiency, while reducing emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. He is leading part of a U.S. Department of Energy effort to reduce vehicle fuel consumption by 20 percent through automated systems that interconnect cars and trucks and the transportation infrastructure using sensors and online cloud technology. The Purdue research focuses on Class 8 trucks, or tractor-trailers, and is funded through the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.


Shaver also can discuss:

  • The potential environmental benefits of online shopping. The significant growth of E-commerce during the past 15 years has increased the   number of large delivery trucks on the road, which are inherently more efficient than personal vehicles and smaller trucks.
  • Hybrid vehicles and natural-gas engine systems.
  • How interconnecting vehicles to each other and the cloud will aid in development of self-driving vehicles.
  • Various design concepts to improve the efficiency of automotive engines.
  • How large research projects provide career benefits for students. His students have published more than 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and are highly competitive in the job market.


Contact: Gregory Shaver, 765-494-9342,  

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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