Porsche prize won by Scania engineer

The Scania engineer who developed the advanced exhaust after treatment system used on the latest Euro 6 compliant trucks from the Swedish truck manufacturer has received the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize' for outstanding research in vehicle engineering.

Dr Magnus MackAldener is Head of Fluid and Emission Treatment at Scania and developed the exhaust system using oxidation catalysts, particulate filters and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technologies to remove the nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions from the exhaust gases remaining after combustion in the engine.

“I'm very proud to be one of the engineers in the international vehicle industry who have been awarded this distinguished prize,” said MackAldener. “It’s a recognition of Scania’s prominent position in engine development and the result of successful teamwork, in which I have had the privilege of participating.

“We started developing the system about five years ago. These efforts have resulted in a robust and reliable system that lives up to our customers’ strict demands when it comes to quality and performance.”

MackAldener, who was born in 1970, joined Scania in 1997 after completing a Master of Science degree at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He has been working at Scania’s research and development organisation ever since his first managerial appointment in 2001. In 2001, he earned a PhD in the field of machine elements, solid mechanics. Since 2010, he has been head of the unit at Engine Development responsible for developing Scania’s exhaust after-treatment system. 

The Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize was established in 1977 by Louise Piëch, daughter of Ferdinand Porsche. The prize money amounts to $88,000. The prize award ceremony is held every two years at the Vienna University of Technology. The university is also in charge of the task of nominating candidates in consultation with Porsche AG and members of the Porsche-Piëch family. 

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