Free screening and panel discussion
“Backfired: When VW Lied to America”
Wednesday, October 24
in the Community Room at KNPB Public Broadcasting
1670 N. Virginia Street • Reno, Nevada 89503
Researchers from West Virginia University stopped by KNPB on Wednesday, October 24 for a free public screening of a new documentary film, “Backfired: When VW Lied to America.” The researchers, who helped uncover the scandal, also took part in a live Q&A after the film along with University of Nevada, Reno's Vice President of Research and Innovation Dr. Mridul Gautam, who was the team members’ masters and doctorate advisor, and worked with the team.
- Dan Carder: Director, Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Admissions; West Virginia University. Listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
- Dr. Arvind Thiruvengadam: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; West Virginia University. Ranked #2 on Motor Trend Magazine’s annual Power List.
- Dr. March Besch: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; West Virginia University.
- Dr. Mridul Gautam: Vice President for Research and Innovation and Professor of Mechanical Engineering: University of Nevada, Reno.
The researchers, working in a lab created by Dr. Gautam, were studying why vehicles gave off higher emissions in Europe than in the United States. Their study led to the discovery of “defeat devices” used by VW to alter emission test results to avoid California and U.S. vehicle emission standards.