- Energy and Environmental Engineering
- Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
Professor Jim Wallace is Director of the Engine Research and Development Laboratory at the University of Toronto. He has more than 30 years of experience conducting research on the topics of internal combustion engines, combustion, and fuels. The engine lab specializes in the combustion of alternative fuels, including biodiesel, bio-oil, and biogas, methanol, natural gas, propane and hydrogen in spark ignition and diesel engines. The focus of the work is on reducing engine exhaust emissions. Current research ranges from fundamental ignition studies of natural gas injected in diesel engines, a study of the effect of ethanol-gasoline blends on GDI engine PM emissions, and a study of the potential health benefits of using diesel particulate filters. He was made a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2001 for his contributions in the area of alternative fuels. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) and the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and received the Robert W. Angus Medal from the CSME in 2011.
Professor Wallace served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from 1998-2003. He received the 2011 Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the 2012 President’s Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Academy.