Jeffrey D. Naber

Jeffrey D. Naber


  • Ron & Elaine Starr Professor in Energy Systems, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Advanced Power Systems Research Center
  • Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Advisor
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


Dr. Naber joined MTU in August of 2004. Prior to joining MTU, he worked in the automotive industry on R&D of engine-management-systems for gasoline and diesel engines. He also worked at Sandia National Laboratories, CRF investigating sprays and combustion processes of diesel, natural gas, and hydrogen engines utilizing laser based diagnostics. He and fellow colleagues direct the Advanced Internal Combustion Laboratories (AICE) at the University. His research interests are in IC engines and after-treatment and the development and application of advanced experimental techniques, signal processing technologies, theoretical models, and embedded control to characterize the thermo-physical processes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels
  • After-Treatment

Research Interests

  • Combustion processes and combustion control of hydrogen and hydrogen dual fueled engines
  • Biofuels including ethanol with production from forest products and application in advanced combustion engines
  • Gasoline IC engine research and the development of physical based correlations and models
  • Development of combustion measurement techniques for diesel, gasoline, and HCCI and PPCI engines

Recent Publications

  • L. Jia, J. D. Naber, and J. R. Blough, “Review of Sensing Methodologies for Estimation of Combustion Metrics,” Journal of Combustion, Mar 2016, Article No. 8593523, 9 pages, DOI:10.1155/2016/8593523 Read More
  • L. B. Jia, J. D. Naber, and J. R. Blough, “Frequency Response Function Adaptation for Reconstruction of Combustion Signature in a 9-L Diesel Engine,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C-Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Dec 2015, Vol. 229, No. 17, pp. 3071-3083, DOI:10.1177/0954406215569256 Read More
  • A. Zhang, R. Scarcelli, S.-Y. Lee, T. Wallner, and J. Naber, "Numerical Investigation of Spark Ignition Events in Lean and Dilute Methane/Air Mixtures Using a Detailed Energy Deposition Model," Apr 2016, SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-0609, 14 pages, DOI:10.4271/2016-01-0609 Read More
  • L. Zhao, S. Limbu, S. P. Ptham, S. Y. Lee, J. D. Naber, S. Barros, and W. Atkinson, "Numerical Simulations for Spray Characterization of Uneven Multiple Jet-to-Jet Impingement Injectors," Apr 2016, SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-0840, 10 pages, DOI:10.4271/2016-01-0840 Read More
  • X. Zhu, L. Sforza, T. Ranadive, A. Zhang, S.-Y. Lee, J. Naber, T. Lucchini, A. Onorati, M. Anbarasu, and Y. Zeng, “Experimental and Numerical Study of Flame Kernel Formation Processes of Propane-Air Mixture in a Pressurized Combustion Vessel,” SAE International Journal of Engines, Apr 2016, Vol. 9, No. 3, Article No. 2016-01-0696, 18 pages, DOI:10.4271/2016-01-0696 Read More
  • L. Zhao, A. A. Moiz, S.-Y. Lee, J. Naber, S. Barros, and W. Atkinson, "Investigation of Multi-Hole Impinging Jet High Pressure Spray Characteristics under Gasoline Engine-Like Conditions," Apr 2016, SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-0847, 11 pages, DOI:10.4271/2016-01-0847 Read More
  • Zoldak, P., and Naber, J. "Spark Ignited Direct Injection Natural Gas Combustion in a Heavy Duty Single Cylinder Test Engine - AFR and EGR Dilution Effects," SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-2808, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2808 Read More
  • Zoldak, P. and Naber, J., "Spark Ignited Direct Injection Natural Gas Combustion in a Heavy Duty Single Cylinder Test Engine - Start of Injection and Spark Timing Effects," SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-2813, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2813. Read More

Recent Research Projects

Evaporation Sub-Model Development for Volume of Fluid (eVOF) Method Applicable to Spray-Wall Interaction Including Film Characteristics with Validation at High Pressure- Temperature Conditions

Principal Investigator: Seong-Young Lee
Co-PI: Jeffrey Naber
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Center/Institute: Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC)