School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Colin Garner FREng PhD, CEng, FIMechE

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Professor of Applied Thermodynamics


  • 2002 – present: Professor of Applied Thermodynamics in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK.
  • Previously: Reader (1998-2002), Senior Lecturer (1997-1998), Lecturer (1989-1997) and Research Associate (1986-1989) in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University.
  • Industrial training: Sponsored by London Regional Transport. Employed in a wide variety of rail and bus engineering departments including engine development (1979-1986).
  • University education: Loughborough University, Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Engineering, both First Class Honours Degrees in Mechanical Engineering (1979-1984).

Research Interests and Activities

Research interests include IC engine emissions control, engine in-cylinder flow and combustion diagnostics, fuel injection and heat transfer. Research funded by a range of organisations including DTI/DBERR, EPSRC, Caterpillar, Ford, Jaguar, Lotus, Perkins, Siemens VDO and Shell Global Solutions. Have published widely and work has been featured in New Scientist. Have presented research work on national BBC TV and radio and in USA, Europe and the Far East. Consultant to a range of clients, mainly in the automotive and power industries.

External Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief of IMechE Proceedings Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (MSAE)
  • Chairman of the national Universities' Internal Combustion Engines Group, UnICEG
  • Visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Engine Research Centre (2000)
  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Chair and organiser of “Diesel Exhaust Emission Control Modelling” sessions, SAE Congress, Detroit (2004-2008)
  • Organising committee member of IMechE Conferences ‘Internal Combustion Engine Performance, Emissions and Fuel Economy’ (2004 and 2007)
  • DTI/SMMT expert panel member for Crown Copyright ‘Foresight Vehicle Technology Roadmap’ (2004)
  • Department for Transport MARKAL Energy Modelling review panel for road transport technology and energy requirements up to 2070
  • Holder of several US and European patents