A premier conference that brings together some of the world’s top mechanical engineers each fall has been everywhere from Houston, Texas to Lucerne, Switzerland, but its visit to the Upstate this year gave Clemson University and Greenville a chance to shine.

Zoran Filipi, the chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering, gave the plenary keynote address at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Internal Combustion Engine Fall Technical Conference.

Zoran Filipi, chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering, gave the keynote address at an ASME conference in Greenville.

Zoran Filipi, chair of the Department of Automotive Engineering, right, gave the keynote address at an ASME conference in Greenville.

Participants met Oct. 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. The conference also included tours of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and GE’s new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Works.

“It is a premier international event in its field and moves to a different location every fall,” Filipi said. “This time it was in our backyard. On a personal note, I was honored with an invitation to give an opening keynote, and it was that much more important and enjoyable because it gives visibility to Clemson University and recognizes accomplishments of my new team.”

Filipi is a Fellow in ASME, an honor that goes to fewer than 2.5 percent of its members. His presentation at the conference focused on the interplay between heat transfer and chemical kinetics in homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion.

In addition to being department chair, Filipi is the Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center at CU-ICAR.

Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, congratulated Filipi on his role in the conference.

“The conference speaks to Greenville’s appeal as a destination, the strength of the Upstate manufacturing base and the quality of the engineering programs at Clemson University and CU-ICAR,” Gramopadhye said.