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Wai Cheng

Contact Info

room 41-204

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 1974


  • 1975


  • 1979



Research Interests

  • Engine performance and emissions
  • Combustion science related to engine behavior
  • Novel energy conversion means
  • Impact of transportation system on quality of life and society

Honors + Awards

  • 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers Oral Presentation Award
  • 2003 Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers
  • 2002 Society of Automotive Engineers Oral Presentation Award
  • 1984 Society of Automotive Engineers Teetor Award
  • 1982 Carl Richard Soderberg Professorship in Power and Propulsion
  • 1975 Lester Gardner Fellow


  • Society of Automotive Engineers

Professional Service

  • 2002 – Present    Member of the editorial board, International Journal of Engine Research
  • 1994 - 1996    Associate editor, Internal Combustion Engines, ASME J. of Gas Turbines and Power

MIT Service

  • 2013-present Committee on Library System
  • 2013-present Committee on transportation and Parking
  • 2011-present Graduate Admission Committee
  • 2008-2010 Graduate Admission Committee
  • 2004-2007 Graduate Admission Committee
  • 2007 Div. II Faculty Search Committee
  • 1998-2004 ME Sophomore Registration Officer
  • 1989-1992 Div. II Faculty Search Committee
  • 1990-1991 Graduate Admission Committee
  • 1980-1987 Graduate Admission Committee


  • Thermal Fluids Engineering I (2.005)
  • Thermal Fluids Engineering II (2.006)
  • Project Development Process (2.009)
  • General Thermodynamics (2.42)
  • Internal Combustion Engines (2.61)
  • Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671)


    1. Lee, J. and Cheng, W., “Engine Friction Accounting Guide and Development Tool for Passenger Car Diesel Engines,” SAE Int. J. Engines 6(4):2013, doi:10.4271/2013-01-2651.

    2. Maria, A., Cheng, W., Cannella, W., and Kar, K., "Fuel Factors Affecting the High-Load Limit of a Temperature Stratified Controlled Auto-Ignition Engine," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-1287, 2014.

    3. Sang, W., Cheng, W., and Maria, A., "The Nature of Heat Release in Gasoline PPCI Engines," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-1295, 2014.

    4. Ketterer, J. and Cheng, W., "On the Nature of Particulate Emissions from DISI Engines at Cold-Fast-Idle," SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):2014.

    5. Cedrone, K. and Cheng, W., "SI Engine Control in the Cold-Fast-Idle Period for Low HC Emissions and Fast Catalyst Light Off," SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):2014.

    6. Yang, B., Yao, M., Cheng, W., Zheng, Z, Yue, L, "Regulated and unregulated Emissions from a Compression Ignition Engine under Low Temperature Combustion Fueled with Gasoline and n-Butanol/Gasoline Blends," Fuel 120, pp 163-170, 2014.

    7. Smith, P., Heywood, J., and Cheng, W., "Effects of Compression Ratio on Spark-Ignited Engine Efficiency," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-2599, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2599.

    8. Smith, P., Cheng, W., and Heywood, J., "Crevice Volume Effect on Spark Ignition Engine Efficiency," SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-2602, 2014, doi:10.4271/2014-01-2602.

    9. Pritchard, J. and Cheng, W., "Effects of Secondary Air on the Exhaust Oxidation of Particulate Matters," SAE Int. J. Engines 8(3):2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-0886.

    10. Rodriguez, J. and Cheng, W., "Effect of Operation Strategy on First Cycle CO, HC, and PM/PN Emissions in a GDI Engine," SAE Int. J. Engines 8(3):2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-0887.