Year Inducted / Awarded: 2008
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Wayne A. Eckerle, Ph.D., is Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology at Cummins Inc., Columbus, IN, which he joined in 1989. He has progressed through the company, which has $13 billion in revenues, beginning as a technical advisor and continuing through various leadership roles, including Senior Technical Advisor – Fuel Systems Manufacturing, Chief Engineer of Fuel Systems Technology, Executive Director of Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Executive Engineer of Advanced Engineering and Executive Engineer of Research and Technology. Dr. Eckerle is recognized for his introduction of design and analysis tools for the new generation of diesel engines built by Cummins Inc., leading to reduced costs while allowing Cummins to surpass EPA performance standards on NOx emissions. Earlier in his career, he served as a faculty member (Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, ’86-’89) and consultant (United Technologies Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory), research engineer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut. He has received nine patents and published numerous articles on his work. He received the J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence for combustion development breakthroughs to meet Tier 3 and 2004 emissions. Dr. Eckerle is a member of the External Advisory Board of the UConn Mechanical Engineering Department. He earned his M.S. degree from Purdue University.