Wayne Eckerle received a BS (1975) and an MS (1976) in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and a PhD (1985) in fluid mechanics from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Cummins, Eckerle worked at UTRC for ten years on a variety of internal flow projects including chemical laser systems, scramjets, and gas turbine combustion. Eckerle also was an associate professor at Clarkson University, teaching classes in thermal sciences and performing research in turbulent separated flows, two-phase flow heat transfer, and supersonic combustion.
Since joining Cummins in 1989 Eckerle has held leadership positions in metrology, quality, fuel systems technology, thermal and fluid sciences, and advanced engineering. In his present position, Eckerle is responsible for developing and integrating technology for Cummins’ next generation of products. Eckerle received the Cummins J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence in 2005, an honorary doctorate from Purdue University in 2009, the Cummins Julius Perr Innovation Award in 2009, and became an SAE Fellow in 2011.