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Wall Receives 2013 ASME Soichiro Honda Medal

The Cummins Columbus Engine Plant. / Photo: WCSI File
The Cummins Columbus Engine Plant. / Photo: WCSI File

Cummins announced Thursday that Vice President and Chief Technical Officer John Wall has been awarded the 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Soichiro Honda Medal.

Jon Mills, Director of External Communications at Cummins, says Wall is being recognized for his contributions in developing improvements for low emissions, powertrain efficiency and alternative fuels.

The Soichiro Honda Medal, established in 1983, recognizes an individual for an outstanding achievement or a series of significant engineering contributions in developing improvements in the field of personal transportation. The award is being presented to John during ASME's 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in San Diego, Nov. 15 through 21.

The recognition includes a medal and a cash award that John asked to be applied to an ASME STEM scholarship program.

Over the course of his 27 year career at Cummins, Wall has advanced from roles in research and product engineering to the top engineering and technical position he holds today. His work has contributed to the development and application of our innovative technologies in diesel engine emission controls and environmental policy both domestically and internationally.

"Through John Wall's tireless work in innovation and leadership in developing the best technologies to meet our customers' needs, our Company is able to deliver on our mission of making people's lives better all over the world," Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger commented. "Congratulations to John for this well-deserved recognition."

Under Wall's leadership, Cummins has accomplished a number of firsts in emission control: first engine manufacturer to meet 2002 U.S. EPA emission standards; first to introduce cooled exhaust gas recirculation for emission control; first to introduce NOx adsorber technology on commercial heavy duty diesels in 2007; first to certify to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 emission standards (implemented in 2007, three years early) with both diesel and natural gas products.

Cummins also met the first U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas standards a year ahead of schedule in 2013. Wall has also led the expansion of Cummins technical organizations globally, with new technical centers in India and China.

An ASME member, Wall served as honorary chair for the 2006 ASME-Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society's International Mechanical Engineering Education Conference in Beijing, China. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of SAE International.

Wall earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering (honors program) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1975. He received a Cummins fellowship in 1976 and earned his Sc.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1978.

Last Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:44:43 AM

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