John Moskwa

Professor, Vilas Scholar, Director: PCRL

Room: 2250
Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 263-2423
Fax: (608) 265-2316
moskwa@engr.wisc.edu

Primary Affiliation:
Mechanical Engineering

Additional Affiliations:
Powertrain Control Research Laboratory


Profile Summary

Dr. Moskwa is the founding Director of the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL DynoLab & SimLab). The introduction of this program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 broadened the curriculum and research programs in Mechanical Engineering, by adding a research program and courses in the analysis, design and control of entire engine and powertrain systems. PCRL members have developed nonlinear engine system diagnostic techniques based on nonlinear observers for engine cylinder heat release and combustion quality identification, as well as pioneer the use of 'synthetic' engine variables to simplify engine diagnostic and control strategy and improve combustion quality diagnostics. His research group does work in diesel after-treatment system control and diagnostics, as well as variable cam timing and cam-less engine control, modeling, and dynamic observer development. 

The PCRL DynoLab group has designed and developed some of the most advanced high bandwidth Hardware-in-the-Loop (H-I-L) engine test systems in the world for transient automotive engine research. Both single-cylinder and multi-cylinder engine transient test systems are operational in PCRL, and several other groups have replicated the PCRL designs because of their unique capabilities. Other advanced tools in the lab include highly flexible engine control systems for strategy research, and fast-FID, fast-CLD and other analyzers for transient control and emission research.   

The PCRL SimLab has developed detailed dynamic engine models for the National Advanced Driving Simulator, several engine and full dynamic powertrain models (e.g., M916, M1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, and HMMWV) for the US Army's Automotive Research Center located at the University of Michigan. These "virtual engine/powertrain" models are used throughout the world (e.g., USA, Japan, India, Taiwan, Columbia, Korea, Sweden, Italy).

Professor Moskwa founded (1991), and was the first Faculty Advisor (1991-93) of the UW College of Engineering's Hybrid Electric Vehicle (H.E.V.) program and Team Paradigm. This is the largest student project program in the College's history, and continues to have good success. Dr. Moskwa was also a member of the faculty team that started and developed both the innovative EPD160 course (Introduction to Engineering) and the Teaching Improvement Program (T.I.P.) in the College of Engineering.

Professor Moskwa consults widely for the powertrain industry with most of the largest domestic and international manufacturers of engines and powertrain systems, and has served as both consulting and testifying expert in numerous Federal and State litigations, as well as in interference hearings and patent reexaminations within the US Patent and Trademark Office. He teaches senior and graduate courses in powertrain systems, engine systems and control, vehicle design and dynamics, classical, multivariable and nonlinear controls, thermodynamics, and dynamic systems. Dr. Moskwa is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, International (SAE), and a member the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society.

Professor Moskwa is president/sole proprietor of Powertrain Consultation & Research, LLC, an engineering consulting company based in Madison Wisconsin.

Dr. Moskwa is also an accomplished musician. He studied music theory and performance (Trumpet) at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra [Lenox, MA], and at the Cleveland Institute of Music [Cleveland, OH]. He has performed professionally with several symphony orchestras in the United States, Europe and Mexico, and was principal trumpet under conductor James Levine in Cleveland (Mr. Levine is currently Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and former Music Director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra). He also played principal trumpet under Dr. Harry Begian and Dr. Federick Fennell. His trumpet teachers include James Tamburini and Alvin Belknap (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Bernard Adelstein (Cleveland Orchestra).

Education

  • PhD, 1988, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [Cambridge, MA], Guaranteed Tuition/Stipend Fellow
  • MSE, 1981, University of Michigan [Ann Arbor, MI], Shell Oil Corporation Fellow
  • BSE, 1980, University of Michigan [Ann Arbor, MI], Summa Cum Laude, James B. Angell Scholar
  • AS, 1978, Henry Ford Community College [Dearborn, MI], Summa Cum Laude
  • I.C. Engine technical training at the GM Technical Center [Warren, MI] and Cummins Engine Technical Center [Columbus, IN]
  • Additional education at Boston University [Boston & Lenox, MA], Wayne State University [Detroit, MI], Case Western Reserve University [Cleveland, OH], and the Cleveland Institute of Music [Cleveland, OH]

Research Interests

 

  • Professor Moskwa has been actively involved in the powertrain industry for over 40 years, and has served in many different capacities in industry, government agencies, and academia
  • President of Powertrain Consultation & Research, LLC, an engineering consulting company based in Madison, WI
  • Senior Technical Specialist, Advanced Powertrain Group, Ford Motor Company Ltd. Research & Engineering Center [Dunton, England] (development of new system robustness analysis concepts, and application to powertrain system design)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering [Cambridge, England] (collaborating with faculty and students on transient test systems and dynamic testing)
  • Research Associate, System Simulation and Technology Division, Propulsion Division, US Army Tank-Automotive Command, Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC/TACOM) [Warren, MI] (installation of a dynamic powertrain system model of the HMMWV on the Army\'s CRAY supercomputer, dynamic analysis of an in-line torque sensor for the AIPS tank powertrain)
  • Special Researcher, Power Systems Research Department, General Motors Research Labs [Warren, MI] (experimental engine/test cell set-up and transient validation of dynamic engine system models for the Buick 3800 engine)
  • Research Assistant, Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, MIT [Cambridge, MA] (dynamic engine system modeling and control, development of nonlinear coordinated engine-transmission control algorithms)
  • Senior Engineer, Experimental Mechanics Laboratory, Cummins Engine Technical Center [Columbus, IN] (modal analysis, fatigue and shaker testing and certification, brittle lacquer, photoelastic stress analysis, engine design analysis and recommendations, responsible for fatigue testing and certification of all critical engine fasteners, responsible for engine mounting systems and dynamic loading tests and certification, analysis and resolution of problems in the field)
  • General Automotive (Diesel) Mechanic, City of Detroit, Department of Transportation [Detroit, MI] (diagnostics and repair of 6V & 8V-71 DDC diesel engines and systems, as well as vehicle mechanical and electrical system diagnostics and repair)

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • SAE, International (SAE) - Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation (presented at the 2012 SAE World Congress, Awards Ceremony & Reception). This is SAE’s most prestigious award for automotive engineering innovation, and Professor Moskwa is the first university professor anywhere in the world to receive this award in its 34 year history. The award criteria state that “judgement is based upon the value of the work as an original innovative contribution, not upon the application of some development or invention already known.” It recognizes the innovative high bandwidth engine transient test systems that Professor Moskwa and his students have designed, patented, developed and built in his Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL)
  • ASME Fellow: \"Dr. John J. Moskwa is internationally recognized for his technical contributions in powertrain system modeling, mutivariable engine control, engine diagnostics, and transient test systems. Through the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL) that he founded at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he and his students have created many hardware-in-the-loop engine test systems with dynamic capabilities that are unmatched in other laboratories.  The high bandwidth transient test systems that his group has designed and developed for both multi-cylider and single-cylinder engines significantly decrease engine development time and cost while improving transient testing fidelity.  Innovative and patented technlogies for engine diagnostics, control, and testing have resulted from research carried out under his direction.
  • SAE Fellow: \"Dr. Moskwa is recognized for his pioneering work in the development and high bandwidth transient engine test systems and for his research accomplishments in the areas of powertrain system dynamic modeling, diagnostics, and control.  Under his stewardship, the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory research group, which he founded at the University of Wisconsin, has developoed dynamic powertrain system models that are widely used throughout the world.\"
  • ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award [awarded every second year to one person]: \"For his development of high bandwidth teansient engine test systems using advanced electronics and hydrostatics that now allow engineers to accurately replicate actual dynamic engine and powertrain loads and thereby improve engine powertrain designs.\"
  • 1988 & 2003 Powertrain Excellence Awards, awarded by the International Council for Powertrain Engineering and Management, and presented at the Global Powertrain Congress (in 1998 and 2003)
  • 1992 SAE, International Teetor Educational Award
  • 1988-89 Pi Tau Sigma Distinguished Faculty Award (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 1988-89 Polygon Engineering Council Outstanding Instructor Award (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Member and former Chairman: ASME/DSCD [Dynamic Systems and Control Division] Automotive and Transportation System (ATS) Technical Committee
  • Member: IFAC [International Federation of Automatic Control] Technical Committee on Automotive Control

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis

  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 446 - Automatic Controls
  • Profile Summary

    Dr. Moskwa is the founding Director of the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory (PCRL DynoLab & SimLab). The introduction of this program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 broadened the curriculum and research programs in Mechanical Engineering, by adding a research program and courses in the analysis, design and control of entire engine and powertrain systems. PCRL members have developed nonlinear engine system diagnostic techniques based on nonlinear observers for engine cylinder heat release and combustion quality identification, as well as pioneer the use of \'synthetic\' engine variables to simplify engine diagnostic and control strategy and improve combustion quality diagnostics. His research group does work in diesel after-treatment system control and diagnostics, as well as variable cam timing and cam-less engine control, modeling, and dynamic observer development. 

    The PCRL DynoLab group has designed and developed some of the most advanced high bandwidth Hardware-in-the-Loop (H-I-L) engine test systems in the world for transient automotive engine research. Both single-cylinder and multi-cylinder engine transient test systems are operational in PCRL, and several other groups have replicated the PCRL designs because of their unique capabilities. Other advanced tools in the lab include highly flexible engine control systems for strategy research, and fast-FID, fast-CLD and other analyzers for transient control and emission research.   

    The PCRL SimLab has developed detailed dynamic engine models for the National Advanced Driving Simulator, several engine and full dynamic powertrain models (e.g., M916, M1 Abrams, M2 Bradley, and HMMWV) for the US Army\'s Automotive Research Center located at the University of Michigan. These "virtual engine/powertrain" models are used throughout the world (e.g., USA, Japan, India, Taiwan, Columbia, Korea, Sweden, Italy).

    Professor Moskwa founded (1991), and was the first Faculty Advisor (1991-93) of the UW College of Engineering\'s Hybrid Electric Vehicle (H.E.V.) program and Team Paradigm. This is the largest student project program in the College\'s history, and continues to have good success. Dr. Moskwa was also a member of the faculty team that started and developed both the innovative EPD160 course (Introduction to Engineering) and the Teaching Improvement Program (T.I.P.) in the College of Engineering.

    Professor Moskwa consults widely for the powertrain industry with most of the largest domestic and international manufacturers of engines and powertrain systems, and has served as both consulting and testifying expert in numerous Federal and State litigations, as well as in interference hearings and patent reexaminations within the US Patent and Trademark Office. He teaches senior and graduate courses in powertrain systems, engine systems and control, vehicle design and dynamics, classical, multivariable and nonlinear controls, thermodynamics, and dynamic systems. Dr. Moskwa is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, International (SAE), and a member the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society.

    Professor Moskwa is president/sole proprietor of Powertrain Consultation & Research, LLC, an engineering consulting company based in Madison Wisconsin.

    Dr. Moskwa is also an accomplished musician. He studied music theory and performance (Trumpet) at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra [Lenox, MA], and at the Cleveland Institute of Music [Cleveland, OH]. He has performed professionally with several symphony orchestras in the United States, Europe and Mexico, and was principal trumpet under conductor James Levine in Cleveland (Mr. Levine is currently Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and former Music Director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra). He also played principal trumpet under Dr. Harry Begian and Dr. Federick Fennell. His trumpet teachers include James Tamburini and Alvin Belknap (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Bernard Adelstein (Cleveland Orchestra).


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