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The Cheat: How Volkswagen Tried to Fool Emissions Testing

Arvind Thiruvengadam

West Virginia researcher Arvind Thiruvengadam, the scientist who discovered the elevated levels of emissions in Volkswagon vehicles, will speak Tuesday, April 19 at Michigan State University.

Thiruvengadam’s talk “The VW story, Diesel Engine Emissions, Efficiency and Future Trends” is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the WKAR-TV studios in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The presentation will also be streamed as a live webcast at wkar.org. Questions and comments may be live Tweeted during the event at #MSUTalks. The talk is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required at vprgs.msu.edu/arvind4-19.

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-world 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 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.

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