Government Technical Point of Contact
Peter Schihl, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Technical Expert
Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility Laboratory (GVPM)
US Army RDECOM-TARDEC
Build 212, MS 121
Dr. Schihl is currently the Senior Technical Expert of the RDECOM-TARDEC Ground Vehicle Propulsion and Mobility Laboratory and has worked at TARDEC since 1991. His research throughout the last eighteen years has concentrated on developing and experimentally validating simplified combustion and ignition models for military relevant diesel engines and most recently has focused on combustion characteristic differences between diesel fuel and JP-8, and other relevant military heavy fuels. To date, many articles have resulted from his work and he has received the ‘Best Paper in Session’ award at the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 Army Science Conferences and twice has received Department of Army Research and Development Achievement Awards (2005 and 2009). Dr. Schihl is a reviewer for SAE, ASME, and the Journal of Engine Research in his subject field of expertise, and since 1998 has been an invited reviewer at various Department of Energy Advanced Compression Ignition Engine Technology National Lab reviews. Dr. Schihl earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan that was focused on diesel combustion systems and has M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Systems Engineering from Oakland University where he also received a four year, full-ride basketball scholarship to play for Coach Greg Kampe. Previous to the Army, he worked as a graduate research assistant at Oakland University studying the use of photo-thermal radiometry for assessing thin coating thermal properties and also was a research assistant at the General Motors Research Laboratory studying the use of telemetry for indirectly measuring tappet stress in a 3.1 liter Chevrolet engine. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Lawrence Technological University where he has taught Heat Transfer and currently holds a State of Michigan boy’s high school state record for blocked shots in a playoff game.