When Dr. Vincenzo Mulone was looking for top-notch facilities and colleagues to help extend his research into diesel engines, he selected West Virginia University as the place to spend his time as a Fulbright Fellow.

“I chose West Virginia University for my Fulbright scholarship because it has a long tradition in diesel engine testing,” said Mulone, a researcher from Rome. “WVU hosts a very dynamic and expert group that has been cooperating with numerous automotive-related companies.

“This is an ideal opportunity to share our mixed experimental/computational engine know-how with a U.S. research group and expand research in Italy on diesel engines for passenger cars,” he said.

Mulone, the author of more than 28 technical publications, has worked with a variety of companies and universities around the world including research centers at Fiat and Lombardini, and the Argonne National Laboratory, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and WVU. For the past few years, he has examined energy conversion processes and their impact on the environment.

At WVU, he is working with Mridul Gautam, Robert C. Byrd Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and WVU’s interim associate vice president for research and economic development. Gautam is a world renowned authority in analysis of engine emissions.

“At WVU’s Engine and Emissions Research Laboratory in the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, Dr. Mulone will have access to a state-of-the-art facility among U.S. universities,” Gautam said. “We conduct heavy-duty engine research using the best emissions measurement and analysis abilities. Combined with our expertise in researching fuels, lubricants and exhaust after treatment systems, Dr. Mulone will have opportunities to generate invaluable data for his own model development.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The program provides scholars with the chance to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Since its inception in 1946, nearly 300,000 U.S. and foreign scholars have participated in the program who were chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Each year, about 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and lecturing in the U.S.

Mulone, who arrived in Morgantown earlier this month, has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in thermal fluid dynamics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.



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