Jacobs receives SAE education award

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is one of nine engineering professors presented with the SAE International Ralph R. Teetor Education Award during the SAE 2011 World Congress inDetroit.Photo of Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs

This award, established in 1963, recognizes and honors young educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet the challenges that face society. The award is named after former SAE president, Ralph R. Teetor, who firmly believed that engineering educators are the most effective link between engineering students and their future careers.

Jacobs came to Texas A&M in 2006 after earning bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He teaches courses in thermodynamics and internal combustion engines. His reseach interests are in internal combustion engines; in-cylinder combustion and emission formation processes; fundamental experimental diagnostics and investigations; advanced and novel combustion processes (low-temperature combustion, homogenous charge compression ignition, premixed compression ignition); alternative fuels (natural/compressed/landfill gases, bio-based fuels, hydrogen); and aftertreatment systems (lean NOx traps, selective catalytic reducers, diesel oxidation catalysts).

Jacobs has previously been honored for teaching excellence, being named a 2009-2010 Montague Center For Teaching Excellence Scholar. That program that recognizes one tenure-track assistant professor from each Texas A&M college who has already demonstrated a commitment to, and potential for, excellence in undergraduate teaching. Jacobs was chosen from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series. For more, visitwww.sae.org.