rob-thring-picProf. Rob Thring (Loughborough University, LU) has 30 years experience in the automotive field, with Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Southwest Research Institute (USA) and LU.

He has constructed and directed major consortium research programmes, including one that generated technology needed for car makers to meet the California ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) regulations. With 16 paying participants, including the major car makers in the USA, Japan, Korea and Europe, the programme value was over 6 million US dollars.  He also started an Engine Technology consulting service and built it to 30 client companies in the USA, Japan, Korea and Europe, with a total value of 3 million US dollars.  The first to coin the term HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition), he conducted seminal research in that field.  He was also the first to publish results in the field of engine/transmission matching, with its associated benefits in fuel economy, a technique that has been widely adopted by the auto makers.  He was Head of the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University from 2003 until 2008.  In 2009 he was responsible for the installation and commissioning of the second hydrogen vehicle refueller in the UK, at Loughborough University, value £400,000, and worked with Intelligent Energy and Suzuki on fuel cell electric scooter research.  Conducting research on electric vehicles, Rob has commuted to work in a G-Wiz electric car for two years, collecting data for publication at the same time.  Rob is now involved in three major research projects; FUTURE Vehicles, ELEVATE, Control Systems for fuel cell hybrid vehicles.  Rob Thring is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and has 44 published papers and 6 patents.