Retired Cummins exec gets EPA award

John Wall, former vice president and chief technical officer for Cummins Inc., is winner of the Thomas W. Zosel Individual Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A presentation was scheduled Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to honor Wall, who retired from Cummins in 2015, during a ceremony for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards.

As an advocate for tough, clear and enforceable regulations, Wall was honored for a career spent reducing commercial engine emissions. Wall was involved in the development and implementation of technology leading to near-zero levels of emission of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide from on- and off-highway heavy-duty engines.

Wall also played a significant role in breakthrough clean-air technologies, including electronic high-pressure fuel systems, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, wall-flow diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction. He also championed future development of renewable fuels, fuel cells and other advancements.

Wall is serving as a technical adviser for the Joint BioEnergy Institute and for Cyclotron Road, an energy technology incubator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.