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Engine Intake and Cabin Air Filtration

July 23, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am,  ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only)

Engine Intake and Cabin Air Filtration

Course Objective

This course aims to provide the audience an overall understanding of how filtration is used in modern transportation vehicles and why it has been becoming more and more critical in protecting people’s lives and equipment. The focus will be on air filtration applications in transportation vehicles, mainly engine intake air filtration and cabin air filtration, including product design, filter media technologies, and product evaluation. Emerging challenges, opportunities, and trends for future development will also be discussed.

Course Outline

Market Review

  – Filtration in Transportation Vehicles

  – Air/Liquid/Specialty Applications

  – Evolution of Filtration in Automotives

Engine Intake Air Filtration

  – Dust in Environment and Engine contaminants

  – Filter design under different dust conditions

  – Filter media technologies

  – Product evaluation and test standard

Cabin Air Filtration

  – Filter types and filter design

  – Media technologies

  – Product evaluation and test standards

New Developments, Opportunities, and Trends (panel discussion)

–Market updates after COVID

–Recent developments and new market requirements

–Impact of electric vehicles (EVs)

–Opportunities, and trends

Instructor Biography

Engine Intake and Cabin Air Filtration

Dr. Christine Sun


Dr. Christine Sun, President of Waterloo Filtration Institute, is a renowned technical and market expert in the global filtration industry. With over 30 years of experience in both academia and the industry, she has an in-depth knowledge of filtration, and extensive hands-on expertise in product development, with over 100 technical publications and patents. She is also actively involved in many air/liquid filter standard test developments.

Dr. Sun received her Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and her Executive Certificate from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Sun worked for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies as the R&D manager and Technology Director for Donaldson 2011-2013. She was the AFS Chair from 2016 to 2017 and received the AFS Fellow Award in 2019, Sr. Scientist Award in 2012, and the best paper award from INDA in 2008. She is also an editorial board member for Textile Research Journal and Journal of Industrial Textiles.

Engine Intake and Cabin Air Filtration

Dr. Iyad Al-Attar


Dr. Al-Attar, Strategic director of the Waterloo Filtration Institute. is a mechanical engineer and an independent air filtration consultant. He is also a Visiting Academic Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, consulting for air quality and filter performance relevant to land-based gas turbines. In 2020, EUROVENT Middle East appointed Dr. Al-Attar as the first associated consultant for air filtration affairs. Dr. Al-Attar received his engineering degrees (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) from the University of Toronto (Canada), Kuwait University, and Loughborough University (UK), respectively.

Dr. Al-Attar’s area of expertise focuses on designing and performing high-efficiency filters for HVAC and land-based gas turbine applications, particularly on the chemical and physical characterization of airborne particles. Dr. Al-Attar is a columnist in the EUROVENT Middle East newsletter, Climate Control Middle East Magazine, ES Engineering, USA, and Caloryfrio Magazine, Spain. He has authored many articles on air quality, filter design, performance, particle characterization, and climate change, which were translated into Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Al-Attar is an editorial member/referee in the Filtration Society (UK) and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Engine Intake and Cabin Air Filtration

Dr. Swarna Agarwal


Dr. Swarna Agarwal is Senior Material Scientist at PTI Technologies. At PTI she is responsible for all the liquid, air and fuel cell filter product development for aviation industry. Prior to this, she was Engineering Manager for filtration media R&D at Parker Hannifin, Engine and Mobile Original Equipment Division, USA. At Parker she was responsible for R&D for diesel fuel, hydraulic nand H2 fuel-cell filters. While working at Parker she has developed more than 50 new products and improved the R&D technology and capabilities to an advanced level.  Prior to Parker, she worked as a filtration scientist at UCLA, Water Planet Inc. Los Angeles and ITV Denkendorf Germany. She has over 18 years of academic and industrial experience in new product development for various filtration applications, nonwovens manufacturing, nanotechnology and surface functionalization. She is an expert for coalescence through porous media, emulsion formation, characterization and separation, interfacial and wetting science, bio-inspired textiles, medical textiles, and project management She received the AFS Senior Scientist Award in 2018, Parker Inventor appreciation Award 2021, WFI product of the Year Award 2021. She has over 30 publications, one book and 3 patents. Dr. Agarwal received her PhD from University of Stuttgart, Germany.


Dr. Cédric Vallet is the Head of Product Management & Business Development – Filtration Division, at Ahlstrom (in France). He has 20 years of experience in Filtration; in R&D, then in Sales & Marketing. Expertise in filtration media manufacturing and various air & liquid applications. He led the Ahlstrom-Munksjö FiltEV® launch, a new platform of high-performance filtration materials for Electric Vehicles. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Rennes (FR) and Engineering Master’s Degree in Chemistry, ENSCR, 2002.

Mr. Mike Clark is President, Filtration Solutions, Hollingsworth & Vose. He has 20 years of filtration experience, including  air, liquid, transportation, and power genertion. He serves as INDA Board of Directors and President of the High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration Division from 2009 to 2020. Mike was a strategy consultant for 8 years working with Fortune 100 manufacturing companies before joining H&V. He received B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Mr. Mike Malloy has more than 25 years’ experience developing, launching, and selling Filtration Media Solutions, collaborating with global leaders on some of the industry’s most innovative products. He is a strategic commercial leader who believes that Filtration is an essential tool in creating a cleaner world that provides sustainable prosperity for all its people.  In roles ranging from Product Marketing to Business Development to Sales Leadership, he has created long-term value working with top technology and market teams in segments like Indoor Air Quality, Cabin Air, Fluid Power, and Life Sciences, and has a comprehensive understanding of the media manufacturing processes that support them. Mike specializes in translating complex technical concepts into actionable plans and profitable products through multi-functional engagement and team leadership. He is currently the Principal of Malloy Strategies, LLC, specializing in Innovative Sales and Marketing Strategies for the Filtration Industry. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Public Administration from Iowa State University.

Dr. Miao Li is a  Research Engineer of Atmus (former Cummins Filtration) since 2010. He has permuted technical functions of Analysis-Led-Design & Diagnostics of products, and Test & Evaluation for Air, Fuel/Liquid Filtrations. He specialized in Combustion, CFD, Data Acquisition, and Aerosol Science, and also touched on the fundamentals of nanofibers, Control/Automation, and numerous engineering areas. As Atmus became an independent operator and potential player in non-diesel areas, Miao has been exploring opportunities such as Wastewater treatment, Industrial filtrations, their business models, and long-term impact on Atmus. Miao has been granted six patents and made three technical speeches to Waterloo Filtration Institute and American Filtration and Separation Society. Miao received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2011.

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