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John Heywood

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests:

Energy and transportation interface, Internal combustion engines, Transportation fuels

Dr. John B. Heywood has been a faculty member at MIT since 1968, where he has been Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory. His interests are focused on internal combustion engines, their fuels, and broader studies of future transportation technology and policy, fuel supply options, and air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

He has published over 225 papers in the technical literature and is the author of five books, including a major text and professional reference Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Heywood holds a PhD from MIT, a DSc from Cambridge University, and honorary degrees from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and City University, London.

Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Research Clusters:


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Vehicles and Energy

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