Education

1997 Habilitation (Physical Chemistry), Universität Heidelberg
1992 Dr. rer. nat. (Chemistry), Universität Heidelberg
1988 Diplom (Chemistry), Universität Heidelberg


Honors and Awards

2015 ASME Internal Combustion Engine Award
2013 Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
2012 John F. Ullrich Education Excellence Award
2012 SAE International Leadership Citation
2012 Rackham Master's Mentoring Award
2008 The Silver Combustion Medal, The Combustion Institute
2007 SAE Fellow
2007 College of Engineering Service Excellence Award
2007 SAE International Faculty Advisor of the Year Award
2007 Michigan Leadership Advisor of the Year Award (for work with the Formula SAE team)
2006 Harold C. Simmons Award with James D. Smith, Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems
2006 Distinguished Paper Award with Claudia M. Fajardo, The Combustion Institute
2006 Faculty of the term, Pi Tau Sigma, Michigan Pi Rho Chapter
2006 Outstanding Student Group Advisor Award, CoE Epeians
2004 SAE International Excellence Award in Oral Presentation
2003 ME Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement
2002 SAE International Excellence Award in Oral Presentation
2001 ME Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education
1999 MEAM Teaching Incentive Award for outstanding performance in education
1999 Forest McFarland Award, SAE International
1997 Venia Legendi and Privatdozent, University of Heidelberg
1994 Research Fellowship, German Science Foundation





Service work at the University of Michigan and for professional societies





  • Director, W. E. Lay Automotive Laboratory 2011-2015