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Alger to receive SAE's Forest R. McFarland Award

Feb. 7, 2011 — Dr. Terry Alger, manager of the Advanced Combustion and Emissions Section in the Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), has been selected to receive the Forest R. McFarland Award, presented by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

The award was established to honor the late Forest R. McFarland for his many contributions to SAE. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the SAE Engineering Meetings Board (EMB). SAE recognized Alger for being "instrumental in establishing a forum through SAE to foster improved discussions on high-efficiency internal combustion engine technologies." To this end, "he has organized and moderated several SAE panel sessions that have led to energetic discussions and exchanges of ideas on technologies spanning fundamental combustion concepts to engine-system integration and strategy." Alger will receive the award in Detroit at the April 2011 SAE World Congress.

Alger joined the SwRI staff in 2003 following employment at the Ford Motor Company. Alger specializes in combustion research and optical diagnostics. His current research concerns improving engine efficiency and emissions through in-cylinder combustion processes and advanced engine technologies. He also manages SwRI's HEDGE® II Consortium, which focuses on improving gasoline engine efficiency through the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation, advanced ignition systems and other technologies.

Alger holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy, a master's degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a master's degree in business administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Alger has authored more than 40 published papers and holds seven U.S. patents.

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