Arvind Thiruvengadam will present the study that involved the discovery of the Volkswagen defeat device scandal. Discussion will include how the study was conducted, the overarching goals and how he uncovered a major scandal. Thiruvengadam will talk in depth about the state of US emissions regulation, the challenges engine manufacturers face, engine efficiency and what the future directions.
Arvind Thiruvengadam is an assistant professor in the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions at West Virginia University. His research
focuses on heavy-duty engine greenhouse gas evaluation, future pathways for improved engine efficiency, development of a heavy-duty OBD research platform and miniature ambient and vehicle tailpipe sensors for air quality and real-time vehicle emissions measurement respectively. Research endeavors involve both regulatory aspect of heavy-duty diesel engines and their emissions, as well as applied research from an industry standpoint to develop engine technology that leads to lower fuel consumption and cleaner emissions.