The Cheat: Volkswagen and Emissions Testing

Apr 5, 2016

Tue. Apr. 19 at 4:00 p.m. at WKAR Studio A | Join us to hear about the research behind the discovery of elevated levels of emissions in some Volkswagen vehicles RESERVE SEATS HERE

West Virginia researcher Arvind Thiruvengadam is the scientist who discovered elevated levels of emissions in Volkswagon vehicles. He presents his talk, "The VW story, Diesel Engine Emissions, Efficiency and Future Trends," Tuesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. at the WKAR-TV studios in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the Michigan State University campus.

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The talk is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

The presentation will also be streamed as a live webcast here.

Questions and comments may be live Tweeted during the event at #MSUTalks.

In 2014, WVU was contracted by the International Council on Clean Transportation to perform independent, on-road emissions testing on light-duty diesel vehicles under typical driving conditions in the U.S. When Thiruvengadam's team carried out the real-word emissions testing, it was determined that two VW light-duty diesel engines greatly exceeded emissions standards. These unexpected findings led to headlines around the world when further investigation revealed that VW had deliberately attempted to cheat the emissions testing system.

Arvind Thiruvengadam
Credit courtesy / West Virginia University

Arvind Thiruvengadam has been an assistant professor in the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions at West Virginia University since 2012. His research involves both the regulatory aspect of heavy-duty diesel engines and their emissions, and takes an industry perspective on developing engine technology that leads to lower fuel consumption and cleaner powertrains.

His recent research focuses on heavy-duty engine greenhouse gas evaluation and future pathways for improved engine efficiency, and miniature ambient and vehicle tailpipe sensors for air quality and real-time vehicle emissions measurement respectively. 

The talk is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University.

This special event takes place in WKAR Studio A, in the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, 404 Wilson Road, on the campus of Michigan State University. Pay-by-plate Parking is available in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the south, main lobby.