The award recognizes an exceptional leader whose professional career has focused on advancing the field of diesel engines. Recipients of this award receive the SAE John Johnson Diesel Engine Research Medal and are recognized for technical innovations through experimental studies and modeling research of the engine, fuel and/or after-treatment system.
Foster is an internationally renowned consultant on engine combustion processes, emissions control and efficiency improvements. Engine and vehicle companies, petroleum companies and governmental agencies around the world seek his advice, and he has served as a consultant to more than 30 organizations. His exemplary career and leadership have led to state-of-the-art combustion, emissions and efficiency for internal combustion engines, and, ultimately, this award. He received the award at the SAE International 2018 WCX World Congress Experience in Detroit.