Year Four Competition

Judge Bios

Consumer Appeal Event

Michael Berube

Michael Berube leads the Vehicle Technologies Office for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In this post, he leads an array of activities that help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports about $300 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry to his EERE post, specifically in the areas of environmental compliance, energy and safety policy, product development and marketing. He has worked on a broad range of electric vehicle, connected car and advanced powertrain initiatives. Michael also led multiple environmental and energy initiatives within the Chrysler Corporation.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from MIT. He later returned to MIT as both a graduate student and researcher where he received a master’s degree in the Technology and Policy Program and a master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management. He was recognized for his early work on corporate sustainability and led research for the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program.

Kathy Gillespe

Kathy has 23 Years of Service at GM. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Science, Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

John Haraf

John Haraf is currently the director of Electrification Control System Integration at General Motors. In this position, he is responsible for hybrid/electric control system integration/calibration development for all of GM’s hybrid, extended range electric and electric vehicles. John began his career with GM as an engine calibration engineer and has held a wide range of leadership positions including: Premium V Engine Calibration manager, Diesel/Big Block Truck Engine Integration manager, executive technical assistant for Powertrain Engineering, director of Engine Management System hardware design/release, director of Engine Development, Calibration and Verification for all of GM’s North American gas engine vehicle applications and director of Electrification Vehicle Performance, Controls and Calibration. John has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John is a licensed Professional Engineer and a member of SAE.

Don Hillebrand

Don Hillebrand is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems Division, leading a team of over 300 engineers and scientists develop ing sustainable innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization , minimize American’s dependence on imported energy , and enhance American national security.
In 2013, Dr. Hillebrand was elected President and Chairman of the Board of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the largest mobility-focused engineering society in the world. Prior to joining Argonne in 2004, he worked for Daimler Research in Stuttgart, Germany, as Daimler’s research and technology liaison with the European Commission. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Hillebrand served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Office of the President in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Technology Division.
Dr. Hillebrand was named by Automotive News as one of the 100 most influential people bringing about the electrification of the automobile and is listed on the Forbes 10 list of automotive thought leaders. He was named Michigan’s Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year in 1993 an d served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 1995.
Dr. Hillebrand began his career in 1983 as a research engineer with Chrysler Motors, where he worked for 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility. He has two patents and is the author of over 100 publications and invited seminar presentations. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University.

Ann Schlenker

Ann M. Schlenker joined Argonne National Laboratory in September 2009. She is the Director for the Center for Transportation Research. Ms. Schlenker’s applied research area is actively seeking to reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on imported energy. Her responsibilities include evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of advanced technologies and new transportation fuels. She oversees the engineering research to improve engine fuel efficiency and combustion proceses, reduce friction losses via tribology studies and improved materials, the benchmark of vehicle, component and engine control strategies for advanced technology vehicles and validating the elctric drivetrain interoperability with the Smart Grid. She is also responsible for flexible modeling and simulation tool development for an approach to manage the number of possible advanced powertrain configurations. In addition, Ms. Schlenker has responsibility for the DOE Student Vehicle Competitions for advanced powertrain technologies.

Previously, Ms. Schlenker spent more than 30 years with Chrysler Engineering in Product Development. As the Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances, she administered the overall external research portfolio for the company. Ms. Schlenker also served as the Leadership Group representation for USCAR (United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC), Director of Powertrain Engineering for Quality and Program Management, Director of the Body on Frame Engineering Product Team, Director of Family Vehicle Interior Engineering and Senior Manager with responsibilities of Global Climate, Fuel Economy, Fuels Planning and Emissions within Regulatory Affairs. She also managed research laboratories for the Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds organization, and directed Chrysler’s test participation in the Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research program which defined reformulated gasoline.

Swarooph Seshadri

Swarooph Seshadri is a Training Engineer and joined the MathWorks in 2011. His primary responsibility is to develop and deliver training courses on model based design of automotive, robotics, computer vision and automated driving systems. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.

Carla Perez

Carla Perez is the Human Resources Manager, at ETAS Inc. located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for all people initiatives at ETAS North America, including strategic leadership, staffing, employee development, compensation, employee relations and compliance. Carla holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Human Resources Management from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. Carla is also PHR certified and has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 17 years.

Roger Keen

Roger Keen is the Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) product manager for the Automotive Microcontroller Group at Freescale Semiconductor.  He is responsible for the marketing of Radar and Vision products targeted for automotive ADAS applications.  In this role, he is focused on delivering robust, efficient & flexible solutions enabling the smarter vehicle of tomorrow.

Roger joined Motorola in 2001 as an integration engineer based in their Austin wafer manufacturing facility.  He has held technical positions within manufacturing, product/test engineering, and customer program manager before joining the automotive microcontroller product marketing team.  Roger has more than 14 years of industry experience and a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Megan Cawley

Megan is a software engineer developing application software for adaptive cruise control in radar systems to meet customer requirements and performance standards. She has a background in developing software for braking systems focusing on powertrain interfaces and longitudinal control. Megan is also an EcoCAR alumni and now is responsible for the technical side of Bosch’s EcoCAR sponsorship.

Puneet Sinha

Puneet Sinha is the Automotive Manager in Mechanical Analysis Division of Mentor, a Siemens business. In this role, Puneet is responsible for his division’s business strategy and market development for vehicle autonomy and electrification thrusts. Puneet has more than 10 years of experience working on various aspects of vehicle electrification. Prior to joining Mentor, he has worked at General Motors where he led global R&D teams to solve wide range of issues with fuel cells and battery electric vehicles and at Saft, a Li-ion battery manufacturer. Puneet has done his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, has authored more than 20 highly-cited journal articles and has been awarded 7 patents on fuel cell and battery system design and operational strategies.

Ken Webster

Ken Webster received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin University. Ken has over 28-years of Automotive Testing Experience including: 20-years Proving Grounds testing, 5-years Impact Laboratory testing & 3-years Exhaust Emissions testing. Some program highlights include: V2V testing involving 200 vehicles operating simultaneously simulating various traffic events, full size motor coach frontal crash test with 26-ATDs and 432 data channels sampled at 12,500 Hz, several Electric Vehicle (EV) range tests and tailpipe exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests of gasoline, diesel and hybrid vehicle powertrains.

Bryan Ross

Joe Lotz

Kamal Khouri

Vehicle Design Review

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the vehicle technologies deployment manager for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national Clean Cities program. His responsibilities include developing outreach strategies for implementing new national partnerships between industry and the Clean Cities program to successfully deploy new vehicle technologies. Smith also works with the regional managers and individual Clean Cities coalitions to implement deployment strategies at the regional and local levels. In addition, he develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders—including vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, educational institutions, environmental groups, nonprofit associations, government agencies, and other related organizations—to expand the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

Before joining DOE, Smith was an alternative fuel vehicle consultant to American Honda. In this position, he promoted the use of Honda’s alternative fuel vehicles to public and private fleet managers and implemented programs to increase deployment of these vehicles. Smith also understands that alternative fuel vehicle deployment hinges upon the development of refueling infrastructure. From his previous positions with FuelMaker and Clean Energy, he has provided alternative refueling solutions ranging from home refueling of a single vehicle to some of the largest commercial, airport, and transit fueling stations in the United States.

Bill Venner

Bill joined GM in 1999 as a Noise and Vibration Engineer. He has held many different positions including Vehicle Development for Noise and Vibration and Ride and Handling, Design Release for Steering Systems and Plant Quality Engineer. Prior to his current role as Director of Steering and Structures, he held the position of Managing Director GM Korea Vehicle Performance, Proving Ground and Test Labs (2011-14). Bill holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Ann Schlenker

Ann M. Schlenker joined Argonne National Laboratory in September 2009. She is the Director for the Center for Transportation Research. Ms. Schlenker’s applied research area is actively seeking to reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on imported energy. Her responsibilities include evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of advanced technologies and new transportation fuels. She oversees the engineering research to improve engine fuel efficiency and combustion proceses, reduce friction losses via tribology studies and improved materials, the benchmark of vehicle, component and engine control strategies for advanced technology vehicles and validating the elctric drivetrain interoperability with the Smart Grid. She is also responsible for flexible modeling and simulation tool development for an approach to manage the number of possible advanced powertrain configurations. In addition, Ms. Schlenker has responsibility for the DOE Student Vehicle Competitions for advanced powertrain technologies.

Previously, Ms. Schlenker spent more than 30 years with Chrysler Engineering in Product Development. As the Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances, she administered the overall external research portfolio for the company. Ms. Schlenker also served as the Leadership Group representation for USCAR (United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC), Director of Powertrain Engineering for Quality and Program Management, Director of the Body on Frame Engineering Product Team, Director of Family Vehicle Interior Engineering and Senior Manager with responsibilities of Global Climate, Fuel Economy, Fuels Planning and Emissions within Regulatory Affairs. She also managed research laboratories for the Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds organization, and directed Chrysler’s test participation in the Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research program which defined reformulated gasoline.

Ryan Hart

Joe Lotz

Aaron Sullivan

 

Innovation Presentation

Steven Boyd

Steven Boyd has worked at the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy since 2006. In his current position as Technology Manager for the Vehicle Technologies Office, Steven oversees research and development projects in hybrid and electric vehicle systems, focusing electric drive system technologies. Steven received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and participated in DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Competitions.

Chris Meagher

Chris Meagher is the Executive Director for Hardware and Advanced Engineering for GM’s Global Transmission & Electrification organization. Chris joined GM in 1979 as a development engineer in the Cadillac Motor Car Engine lab.  Prior to his current position, he has held assignments of increasing responsibility in various areas of engine engineering, including Chief Engineer and Program Manager of GM 4-cylinder Ecotec engines from 2007-2010. Chris has a BSME from the University of Notre Dame, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Cindy Bay

Cindy Bay is the Director of the Automated Driving & Active Safety Electronics team at General Motors. These teams are responsible for designing crash avoidance technologies, and are working on the next generation of more advanced technologies, like Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications.  Throughout her 27 year career at General Motors, Bay has held a number of different positions including electrical analysis, vehicle level testing, component and program management, leading electrical vehicle validation globally and an international assignment with Holden in Australia.  Bay earned a Bachelors and a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and the University of Michigan, respectively.

Peter Waeltermann

Dr. Peter Waeltermann has a Master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics and a Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Paderborn, Germany.  He worked with dSPACE GmbH in Paderborn, Germany, since 1999, where he held different management positions in the area of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation and project engineering. In the summer of 2014, he moved to dSPACE Inc. (USA) to take over a position as Business Director.  On Oct. 1, 2014, Peter became the President of dSPACE Inc.

Rich Kraepel

Graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Working at DENSO in the Electrified Systems Engineering Department.

Leo Breton

Leo Breton pioneered the field of real-world exhaust emissions and fuel economy testing of vehicles and engines in the mid 1990’s, long before his invention was used to find the Volkswagen defeat device. He invented, patented, and commercialized the seminal technologies to enable accurate mass emissions measurements from moving vehicles outside of laboratory conditions, while maintaining laboratory quality. He personally built and widely used the first systems known as ROVERs and showed how diagnostic data from the engine, vehicle, driver, and location devices could be used and combined to understand the causes of emissions anomalies, all in real-time. This work enabled RDE testing in Europe.

To make it available to a wider audience and allow others besides the government to monitor emissions, he transferred the ROVER technology to market where it has been commercially available worldwide for over 10 years. In the ’90s, Leo’s use of ROVER was instrumental in finding and investigating real-world emissions issues of both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles and in ensuring proposed fixes actually worked in the real world. PEMS is the label later applied by EPA.

Since that time Leo has managed a large portfolio of research projects for improving the efficiency of internal combustion engines, managed an algal biofuels lab and worked for Tula Technology in the development of Dynamic Skipfire technologies for improved fuel economy.

Leo formerly worked from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) managing the development of new engine and combustion technologies and completed a detail as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program manager for DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office. Today he is a Technology Development director for Horiba Instruments.

Henning Lohse-Busch

Dr. Henning Lohse-Busch served as the manager of the Vehicle Systems Research Section at Argonne National Laboratory, including the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility. His area of expertise is chassis dynamometer testing of advanced technology vehicles such as HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs as well as alternative fuel vehicles. He has been instrumenting, testing and analyzing these different powertrain technologies and their subsystems since 2004. The vehicle benchmark work at Argonne directly supports the development of automotive test standards. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Henning is a graduate of the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, then called FutureTruck.

Bryan Ross

Controls & SMS Presentation

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl Williams is the new architecture technical specialist for transmission control modules for the Powertrain Embedded Controls organization at General Motors.  Since joining GM in 1998 as an intern, she has held numerous assignments in the modeling and simulation process and tools groups, and led the software component modeling and code generation activity from 2012 to 2014.  She has also held assignments in engine algorithm development, and hardware and software integration for hybrid powertrain control modules.  Cheryl has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Scott Furry

Scott Furry is a Senior Technical Consultant for MathWorks.  His main focus is helping organizations adopt Model-Based Design for embedded controls, and has worked with world-leading companies with a wide range of applications, including automotive, aerospace, and defense.  Prior to joining MathWorks in 2005, he worked in control systems engineering for General Motors and Bosch over a 17 year period, including powertrain controls design, rapid prototyping, HIL, calibration, and plant modeling.  Scott received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Kevin Oshiro

Kevin Oshiro is currently a member of the MathWorks Pilot Engineering team and focuses on enabling Model-Based Design through physical modeling and closed loop control development.  In addition to serving MathWorks commercial customers, he also mentors several teams in the EcoCAR3 collegiate competition.  Prior to joining MathWorks in November of 2013, he worked at PACCAR/Kenworth Truck for 10 years, mostly in the Research and Development group specializing in vehicle simulation and using Model-Based Design to develop proprietary Hybrid Electric powertrains for medium and heavy duty trucks.  Kevin earned a BSME and BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines, and a MSEE (Controls Theory) from the University of Washington.

Maulin Patel

Maulin is currently leading & managing the Global Applications team for the Microcontrollers group of Freescale Inc. – especially covering Kinetis & i.MX products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of software & applications engineering and has held various leadership roles at IBM, Intel, NXP, Conextant Systems and Trident Semiconductors prior to joining Freescale. He earned his BSEE from SP University, India and MSEE degree from Kansas State University, USA. He also holds 11 patents in the various software fields such as system management, reliability, availability and serviceability. He is very passionate about building platforms with superior end user experience with ease of use focus and quality.

Tony Farrell

Anthony Farrell is an Engineering Manager in the Chassis Controls – Active Safety division. He is responsible for technical project management, software management timelines, and international associate coordination. He has 17 years’ experience in chassis controls working for Conti, Siemens, and Bosch.  His background is in vehicle dynamics, calibration, applications, and project management.

Tom Ender

Tom Ender joined GM in 1997 and is the Engineering Group Manager for the Chassis Controls and On-board Diagnostics (OBD) Team.  He and his team develop controls for chassis systems that require compliance with CARB’s OBDII regulations.  Tom served as the Team Mentor for the University of Waterloo during ChallengeX, was a Controls Judge for EcoCar and the Controls Event Captain for EcoCar2.

Joe Cassar

Joe Cassar is an Engineering Group Manager at dSPACE Inc. He oversees the applications engineers who work primarily on the left side the software development V-cycle and also oversees the product support group.  Joe’s technical experience includes powertrain controls applications, rapid controls prototyping, vehicle bus interface development, automated testing, and hardware-in-the loop (HIL) testing.  He is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, IEEE and participates in the North American AUTOSAR consortium.

Christian Sauerland

Christian Sauerland is an Engineering Manager at dSPACE Inc., responsible for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) application engineering for the company’s North American market.  Christian joined dSPACE in 2008 as a project engineer, later progressing into management, and today he oversees application engineering for HIL and related technology areas.  Prior to joining dSPACE, Christian worked for 10 year in the off-highway and aerospace industries developing embedded software and leading multi-disciplinary teams to develop engineering solutions.  Throughout his career with dSPACE, he has gained expertise in the application of tools for embedded controls software, specifically in the area of verification and validation through HIL simulation.

Jason Mullins

Nick Kothari

Keith Buford

ADAS Presentation

Bill Job

Bill Job joined GM in 1989 and is the technical leader for the global chassis electronics team. This team is responsible for developing electrical strategy and designs to implement chassis-related features; basic features relate to electronic control of braking, traction, steering, suspension, and fuel delivery. Engineers within this team are responsible for defining global common features and function, hardware and diagnostic requirements, as well as electrical interfaces to other domains within electrical. Bill is the electrical event captain during this, his first year working with EcoCAR.

Swarooph Seshadri

Swarooph Seshadri is a Training Engineer and joined the MathWorks in 2011. His primary responsibility is to develop and deliver training courses on model based design of automotive, robotics, computer vision and automated driving systems. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.

John Cotner

John Cotner is a member of the field engineering team of Freescale Semiconductor. John has held a variety of positions within the automotive electronics industry for the past 25 years, including functional safety, hybrid vehicle control and powertrain electronics at Freescale. John received degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and holds four patents.

Troy McCormick

Troy McCormick is a Senior Software Engineer – Team Lead at Robert Bosch in Plymouth, MI.  He currently leads a group of engineers focusing on the development and testing of Automotive Radar based Driver Assistance functions.  Troy has been working in automotive software engineering for 20 years.  He has been employed at Robert Bosch for 12 years, but previous employers include Delphi, General Motors, and Lockheed Martin.  Troy’s hobbies include recording music and playing piano, guitar, and bass.

Frank Riggi

Frank Riggi is a senior software engineer in Driver Assistance at the Chassis Controls division of Robert Bosch in Plymouth, Michigan. Frank works in the video engineering group and primarily focuses on topics for both front mono and stereo cameras as well as surround vision cameras.

Vivek Moudgal

Vivek Moudgal is the Vice President of Sales for dSPACE, Inc., and is responsible for sales operations in the company’s North American market. Vivek joined dSPACE in 1993 as a technical support engineer and spent his first 10 years performing various roles for the engineering department, including supporting, executing, and managing software development projects. Throughout his tenure with the company, he has gained expertise in the application of model-based development tools for control software development and validation.

Piyush Karkare

Director – Global Automotive Industry Solutions, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software – Digital Factory Division, Digital Strategy

Led automotive product development & engineering process improvements in electrical and in-vehicle software domains. ADAS experience includes architecting multiple Active Safety chassis features such as Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Speed Assist, Pre-Collision Assist, and Adaptive Cruise-Control. Mentored product development teams to streamline and collaborate across-domains for product innovation. 23+ years of Industry experience, including 16+ years at Ford Motor Company in systems engineering working with electrical distribution systems and In-vehicle software engineering and management solutions. Led standardization of global CAN signal database and process improvement of Network Interface Definition for first-time quality. B.E Mechanical Engineering – Pune University, India.   M.S Computer Information Systems – University of Michigan, MBA – Michigan State University

Bo Sun

Graduated from The Ohio State University. Responsible for AD/ADAS Sensing System in DENSO North America.

Matt Karaba

Mario Maiorana

Lance Smith

Mechanical Presentation

Ed Argalas (Event Captain)

Ed Argalas is a lead engineer in the Advanced Vehicle Development Center at General Motors Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. Since joining the vehicle development staff in 2000, Ed has developed production ABS, TCS and ESC technologies for GM truck products, and was responsible for the tuning of the chassis control system on the Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell EV.  Since 2011, he has been engaged in advanced vehicle synthesis/simulation for future product, first in braking systems, later including steering and ride performance.  Currently, he is leading vehicle dynamics synthesis activities on GM luxury sedan architectures.

Jorge Lozada

Jorge Lozada is a Sr. Project Engineer in the Advanced Technology Group at the PACCAR Technical Center.  Jorge joined PACCAR in 2008 and currently serves as the Program Administrator for the PACCAR SuperTruck II Program. Jorge is also a PACCAR representative in government and industry groups and consortia and is the Chairman of the Technical Center’s Diversity Council. During his career with PACCAR, Jorge has worked on calibration of engine and emissions controls, as well as market development and product launch for several powertrain projects. Jorge holds a Master’s of Science Degree (Mechanical Engineering) from The University of British Columbia.

Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen is an Computer Aided Engineer in Advanced Vehicle Development and Computer Aided Engineering at General Motors of Canada Limited. He is responsible for simulation and analysis of body structure and chassis structure for future Passenger Cars and Full-Size Trucks. Hung has been involved with the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions since 2007 with Challenge X and has continued to support the competitions as a sponsor mentoring the mechanical integration analysis.

Doug Kolak

Doug Kolak is the Thermo-fluid Systems Specialist for the Mechanical Analysis Division at Mentor, A Siemens Business. He joined the FloMASTER team in 2007 as a CFD engineering following several years as a consultant on various CAE projects. During that time, he has worked heavily with top companies in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Process sectors worldwide to understand emerging challenges and develop software tools to better meet those requirements. In his current role, Doug is actively involved with all aspects of the FloMASTER product including Development, Engineer, Marketing, and University Engagement.  Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois.

Ken Webster

Ken Webster received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin University.  Ken has over 28-years of Automotive Testing Experience including: 20-years Proving Grounds testing, 5-years Impact Laboratory testing & 3-years Exhaust Emissions testing.  Some program highlights include: V2V testing involving 200 vehicles operating simultaneously simulating various traffic events, full size motor coach frontal crash test with 26-ATDs and 432 data channels sampled at 12,500 Hz, several Electric Vehicle (EV) range tests and tailpipe exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests of gasoline, diesel and hybrid vehicle powertrains.

Dan Chadwick

Daniel Chadwick is a Vehicle Integration Engineer at Proterra who has been with the company for two years. Daniel graduated from Virginia Tech with his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineer and is also an EcoCAR alumni. At Proterra Daniel has been the Mechanical System Design Engineer on several sub-systems of the vehicle including the composite body, drivetrain, customer electronics integration, HV systems, pneumatic systems, and charging systems

Keither Confer

Keith Confer is the Engineering Manager for Advanced Vehicle Systems in Delphi Technologies Advanced Engineering Group.   He has over 30 years powertrain systems experience with extensive background in automotive air and fuel system design and development.  Keith holds nine US Patents and has authored multiple papers and publications on the topic of advanced powertrain systems.  In addition to his work on Dynamic Skip Fire and hybrid systems, Keith is the Principal Investigator on a US Department of Energy funded project focused on fuel economy improvements through forward engine systems and advanced low temperature combustion.

Bruce Smith

Communications Presentation

Claudia Hartwell

Claudia Hartwell is the Senior Manager, Communications, at ETAS Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for developing and implementing ETAS’ communication strategy and has managed many aspects of communications including print and digital advertising, tradeshows and events, branding, etc.

Claudia earned both her B.B.A. and M.B.A. with a specialization in international marketing from Eastern Michigan University.

Carla Perez

Carla Perez is the Human Resources Manager, at ETAS Inc. located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for all people initiatives at ETAS North America, including strategic leadership, staffing, employee development, compensation, employee relations and compliance. Carla holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Human Resources Management from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. Carla is also PHR certified and has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 17 years.

Dora Smith

Dora Smith is the director of the global academic program for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Digital Factory Division. Under Smith’s leadership, the global academic program is now a company-wide strategic initiative for the company. The program empowers the next generation of digital talent through project-based learning, STEM competitions and industrial strength software and curriculum to support more than 1 million students at more than 3,000 institutions worldwide. Visit www.siemens.com/plm/academic for more information.

Smith is an accredited business communicator (ABC) with more than 20 years of experience. Previously, Smith held executive management positions at CAD Potential (now part of Tata Technologies), where she developed the company’s first academic and certification programs. Prior to that, Smith directed the Unigraphics Users Group (now PLM World) an independent, not-for-profit organization supporting the engineering community. She also served as president on the board of directors of IABC St. Louis.

Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University.

Courtney Moats

Chris Bonelli

Heather Croteau

Project Management Presentation

Inga Yuditsky

Inga Yuditsky is an Engine Controls System Safety Engineer. She completed her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2009, and went on to receive her Master’s in Energy Systems Engineering in 2011 from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has worked at GM for 5 years. She also is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Lauren Tabolinsky

Lauren Tabolinsky joined MathWorks in 2008 and currently manages Academic Programs at MathWorks.  Before joining MathWorks, Lauren was a product manager at Harvard Business School Publishing.  Lauren holds a B.A. degree from Monmouth University and a Master’s degree in Marketing Communications form Emerson College.

Stephanie Palmer

Stephanie Palmer is an Air Resources Engineer at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the Zero Emission Vehicle Implementation Section. Prior to joining CARB, Stephanie worked at the world renowned helmet testing organization, Snell Memorial Foundation, as their Test Engineer for over four years. While in college, Stephanie spent four years competing in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series with the California State University Sacramento Hornet Racing team. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University(CSU) Sacramento and is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at CSU Sacramento.

Gary Horvat

As Proterra’s CTO, Gary has over 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, with an educational background in both Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, including a Doctorate in Industrial Engineering.  Gary started at Eaton Corporation out of college and was at General Motors for the majority of his career, mostly in Powertrain.  At GM, Gary started as a Valvetrain Design Engineer on V6 engines, winning the Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award for his Assembled Camshaft design.  He was responsible for the engine controls on the 3rd Generation Small Block V8 and as Assistant Chief Engineer launched the 3900 V6 Engine, winning the Popular Mechanics “Breakthrough” Award.  As Chief Engineer for Transmission and Hybrid Controls, Gary had his first experience working on electric vehicles with the GM Two-Mode Hybrid and Chevy Volt.  Gary’s last position at GM was as Executive Director of Engineering Operations, managing Powertrain Global Development, Testing, and Validation facilities.

After General Motors, Gary worked at Fisker Automotive as Vice President of Product Development on the Fisker Karma Extended Range Electric Vehicle. His most recent position was as VP of Powertrain at DENSO International.

Gary enjoys driving engineering for companies and products that make a difference and leave a long term impact on society.

Rachael Nealer

Sim Gill

Women in Engineering (WIE)

Cindy Svestka

Cindy Svestka, Engineering Group Manager (EGM) for General Motors (GM) Powertrain’s North American Gas Engine Diagnostics and Evaporative Emissions Group, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University, a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Cindy worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago from 1998 to 2000, after which she joined the GM team. Before taking on her current assignment in 2013, Cindy was the EGM for the Cranking Systems & Electronic Sensors group, the business process manager for Powertrain Vehicle Integration, lead fuel system engineer for the launch of the ethanol (E85) flex-fuel systems for the full-size Pick-up and SUV applications, energy and drive quality engineer for the Chevrolet HHR, and energy analysis engineer for a future Hybrid program. Throughout her time at GM, Cindy has been active in Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) supporting the 2001 FutureTruck competition, Challenge X, EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, EcoCAR 2, and now EcoCAR 3. Cindy is currently is a member of the competition’s Technical and Executive Steering Committees, a co-event captain for the project management track, and event captain for the Women in Engineering Award. Cindy is the recipient of the 2014 SAE J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders and the President-Elect for GM WOMEN.

Ann Schlenker

Ann M. Schlenker joined Argonne National Laboratory in September 2009. She is the Director for the Center for Transportation Research. Ms. Schlenker’s applied research area is actively seeking to reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on imported energy. Her responsibilities include evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of advanced technologies and new transportation fuels. She oversees the engineering research to improve engine fuel efficiency and combustion proceses, reduce friction losses via tribology studies and improved materials, the benchmark of vehicle, component and engine control strategies for advanced technology vehicles and validating the elctric drivetrain interoperability with the Smart Grid. She is also responsible for flexible modeling and simulation tool development for an approach to manage the number of possible advanced powertrain configurations. In addition, Ms. Schlenker has responsibility for the DOE Student Vehicle Competitions for advanced powertrain technologies.

Previously, Ms. Schlenker spent more than 30 years with Chrysler Engineering in Product Development. As the Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances, she administered the overall external research portfolio for the company. Ms. Schlenker also served as the Leadership Group representation for USCAR (United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC), Director of Powertrain Engineering for Quality and Program Management, Director of the Body on Frame Engineering Product Team, Director of Family Vehicle Interior Engineering and Senior Manager with responsibilities of Global Climate, Fuel Economy, Fuels Planning and Emissions within Regulatory Affairs. She also managed research laboratories for the Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds organization, and directed Chrysler’s test participation in the Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research program which defined reformulated gasoline.

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Sylvia Karlsson

Silvia Karlsson is the General Motors Global Thermal Vehicle Systems Engineer for Luxury Cars, and the Leader of GM’s internal Society of Women Engineers activities. Silvia has a long history of supporting the growth and development of women engineers at all stages of their career, from recruiting new graduates at the SWE National Convention, to developing the GM “Take 2” program for women re-entering the workforce after taking time off to pursue families or other interests. Silvia is a graduate of UCLA.

MathWorks Sponsored Award

Sean Gleason

Director, Transmission Controllers and Software Integration

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Kevin Rzemien

Tom Egel

Wit Nursilo

Snap-on Workmanship and Appearance Award

Jim Harkins

James K. Harkins (Jim) is the Engineering Director of Electric Hybrid Vehicle (EHV) Components and Systems at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM) located in Southfield, Michigan.
Harkins joined DENSO in 1996 as an application engineer, responsible for the development of starters and alternators for the Chrysler Group. In 1999, Harkins was promoted to senior engineer, where he introduced General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC to DENSO’s segment conductor alternator series. Harkins was appointed to the position of staff engineer in 2001 and later advanced to manager of the Engine Electrical Engineering Department in 2004. In 2008, Harkins was promoted to senior manager of Engine Electrical Engineering Department, where he worked with North American automakers advanced idle stop start systems and eventually on electric hybrid vehicle(EHV) components.
In 2012, Harkins established DENSO’s EHV Department at DIAM to advance development for North American customers and facilitate localization. In collaboration with laboratories in Japan and Germany, Harkins established DENSO’s high voltage laboratory at DIAM, dedicated to power electronic, electric motor and electrified system development. Prior to joining DENSO, Harkins worked on wire harnesses as an intern with Alcoa Fujikura Ltd(AFL) in Allen Park, Michigan.
Harkins received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan. He also holds certificates for Japanese studies through the University of Detroit-Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, Harkins has one awarded patent and several applications pending. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit and has supported Michigan Technological University’s Chief’s Hybrid Challenge Chief’s Council, as well as the University of Michigan-Dearborn Formula SAE Electric program.

Tad Merriman

Tad began his career at Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) in May of 2003 as an engineering intern in the engine shop. Later that year he was hired to a full time position as a design engineer and his current role is the Production Engineering Manager.

Early on at HMS, one of Tad’s main responsibilities was to oversee the operation of their stereo lithography (SLA) additive manufacturing equipment. When not working with the SLA machine, his focus was as a design engineer for engine components. As his experience grew, he began tackling larger and more difficult design tasks. By 2007 Tad was heavily involved in the design and implementation of the new Chevrolet R07.2 racing engine. The R07.2 won its first race in competition in May 2007 at the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 with Casey Mears. Recently Tad has been a part of a major re-design of the R07.2 engine package to assist the race teams with challenges they face in the vehicle. He has also been working closely with Chevrolet on their next generation race engine.

As the Production Engineering Manager, Tad is responsible for overseeing the design projects of a team of 7 engineers, as well as the management of the Additive Manufacturing Department, which has grown to include 3 machines as well as a full time staffed position. Tad also serves on the CAD Standards Committee and over the last few years has been involved in implementing a Product Data Management (PDM) system in the engine shop.

During his time at HMS, Tad has been a part of seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championships, two NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship and over 135 Cup Series wins, including four Daytona 500’s and seven Brickyard 400’s. HMS has also been a key contributor helping Chevrolet win 13 consecutive Manufacturer’s Championships.

Racing was in Tad’s blood at birth. His father raced late model stock cars for many years, so being at the race track was a normal part of life. Around age 10, Tad began working on his Dad’s race cars and gained more responsibilities as he got older. Eventually Tad would grow into being a tire changer in addition to his duties as a mechanic. The father / son team would win more than 20 races together as well as a track championship in 1993. After his father retired from racing in 1996, Tad went to work for another late model team where he served as crew chief. Tad’s early career in racing ended, however; when he decided it was time to re-focus on his education.

After graduating from Lovejoy High School in May 1996, Tad began his college career at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he pursued a degree in Textile Engineering. After a couple of tough years at Georgia Tech, he decided to pursue his dream of working in motorsports and transferred to UNC Charlotte in the fall of 2000. With the fresh start, Tad graduated Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Concentration in Motorsports. During his time at UNCC, Tad was involved with the Formula SAE competition which was a great opportunity to learn the real world skills that would later be needed at HMS.

Tad lives in Concord, NC with his wife Rebecca. His free time is spent outdoors where he enjoys hobbies like golf, backpacking, and snow skiing.

Shawn Meagher

Shawn Meagher has been with General Motors for 7 years. Having worked previously in various areas of vehicle development, including seat development, vehicle dynamics, and performance parts release, he is now the Manager of the Camaro GT4.R Motorsports Program. Shawn began his career at GM upon graduation from a double master’s program in Engineering Mechanics and Materials Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the Universite de Rouen