Year Three Competition

Judge Bios

Consumer Appeal Event

Kathy Gillespie

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.

Henning Lohse-Busch

Fabiola

Fabiola Conti is an HR Business Partner for AVL Test Systems in Plymouth, Michigan. She is responsible for supporting the Test Systems division strategically through an HR perspective. Her expertise and responsibilities involve Managing Recruiting, Training and Development, Immigration, Compensation and other special projects. Prior to AVL she acted as HR Manager and Business Partner for Technology companies like Oracle, Salesforce and SAP partners. It’s also her responsibility to develop AVL’s presence in Ecocar and make the event one of AVL’s main recruiting and marketing opportunities.

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.

Vehicle Design Review

Tim Campbell (Event Captain)

Tim Campbell is the Global Program Quality Manager for the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro at General Motors (GM). He is responsible for leading the activities that provide a vehicle with segment leading quality performance and customer satisfaction. His responsibilities include all current and future model Corvettes and Camaros. Tim has been with GM for 39 years, having started his career in 1977 as a student at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he has participated in the Executive Leadership program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Windsor, Ontario. He has held several lead vehicle development positions working on the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette. He was also the Program Engineering Manager on the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Malibu and led the global launch of these products. More recently, he was the Advanced Program Engineering Manager for all performance and luxury rear wheel drive programs. Tim has been very involved in University Relations Teams and the FIRST Robotics competition.

Lerick Chissus

Chissus is responsible for managing the engineering team that designed, developed, and launched the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into production.

Chissus holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

He currently resides in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife and two children. In his spare time he loves to travel, boat, and anything that allows him to spend time with his family.

Jeff Miller

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.

Josh Hoop

Josh Hoop is a project engineer for AVL Powertrain Engineering, in Plymouth, Michigan. He performs various roles within the Controls, Systems, and Calibration group, primarily pertaining to systems engineering. He also performs testing at the vehicle, subsystem, and component level, chiefly related to hybrid/electrified vehicles. His other responsibilities include high voltage battery testing and hybrid vehicle builds. Prior to joining AVL, he studied mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University. During that time, he was a member of the university’s EcoCAR team and served as mechanical skill team lead for EcoCAR 2.

Andrew Mathers

 

Innovation Presentation

Steven Boyd (Event Captain)

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.

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.

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.

Barbara Kenny

Dr. Barbara Kenny is a Program Director in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP). She directs the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI:AIR) program, a position she has held since May 2013. She has been at NSF since 2006 and formerly served as a Program Director in the Engineering Research Center program. Prior to NSF, she worked for NASA at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio in the Power and On-board Propulsion Division in the area of aerospace power systems.  She received her BSEE from Cornell University in 1982, her MSEE from University of Texas-Austin in 1988 and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. After graduation from Cornell, she served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years of active duty followed by 20 years in the Air Force Reserves, retiring in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves as an ABET Program Evaluator.

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.

Jack Miller

Andrew Ickes is a Mechanical Engineer in the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. He works in the field of experimental engine research, and has an expansive background in experimental engine testing and design of experimental setups. The focus of his research work is on developing advanced combustion strategies for high-efficiency, low-emissions engines and understanding the interplay between fuel properties and resulting engine combustion behavior. He has a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Vivek Jaikamal

Vivek Jaikamal is an Engineering Manager at ETAS, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, USA. His focus is primarily in delivering high quality engineering and consulting services to automotive customers in the area of embedded software development tools, methods and processes. His team is also responsible for technical sales and support for ETAS’ test, validation and software engineering products, as well as aligning ETAS’ product strategy with market needs. Before coming to ETAS, Vivek developed advanced algorithms for brake and stability control systems, for which he earned 3 patents.

Vivek received his engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India (BE, 1988) and The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (MS, 1991). He also received a Management Certificate from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (2009).

Kyle Crawford

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.

Andy Rumptz

Eric Hoarau

Eric Hoarau is Director of Automotive Technology and Business Development at Flex, where he manages global technology innovation efforts.   He is located at Flex’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
Prior to Flex, Mr. Hoarau was a lead researcher and product manager at Hewlett Packard Laboratories for 10+ years, where his research accelerated the digital transformation of the $200B commercial print industry.  He successfully identified and developed new market strategies, and delivered innovative hardware and software products which rolled out internationally. He has expertise in imaging science, robotics, product design, web development, and operations research, and has 28 filed or issued patents, as well as 29 peer-reviewed publications.
Mr. Hoarau holds engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT, and a business degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Controls & SMS Presentation

Tom Ender (Event Captain)

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.

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.

David Anderson

David Anderson is a technology development manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. As a member of the Vehicle and Systems Simulation and Testing team, he is responsible for managing DOE’s vehicle modeling and simulation efforts, and vehicle component and systems evaluation activities. He also serves as the DOE co-chair for the Vehicle Systems Analysis Technical Team of the U.S. DRIVE Research Partnership.  He previously worked as a design engineer in the semiconductor industry. David has conducted research in the advanced automotive battery industry and has experience in motorsports at both the amateur and professional levels.

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.

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.

Mark Selogie

Mark is responsible for a team of engineers developing and validating the propulsion control software for all vehicle variants within the electrification portfolio.  Mark has 15 years of service at GM.  He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from UCLA, an MS Electrical Engineering from USC, and a MBA from Pepperdine University.  Mark is also a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Lawrence Hallman

Lawrence Hallman is the director of Chassis Electronic & Controls / Electric Power for the Vehicle Engineering organization at General Motors.  Larry joined GM in 1988 as a Test & Development Engineer for the General Motor Truck group.  Prior to his current position, he has held numerous assignments in the GM Electrical Engineering organization including Chassis Electronics, Powertrain Electrical Integration and Body Electronics.  He recently was the director of Powertrain Software from 2008 to 2014.  Larry has his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering) and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Dominik Karbowski

Dominik Karbowski is the Technical Manager in charge of Intelligent Eco-Mobility at Argonne National Laboratory, leading Argonne’s research on intelligent powertrain control, energy-efficient connected and automated vehicles and on intelligent transportation systems analysis and optimization. Dominik has extensive experience in automotive systems modelling and simulation, control theory, energy management, electrified powertrain design and optimization, and stochastic characterization of driving in the real-world. Dominik is a major developer of control and component models as well as processes for Autonomie, Argonne’s vehicle simulation tool. Dominik holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Mines ParisTech (France).

Aymeric Rousseau

Aymeric Rousseau is the Manager of the Systems Modeling and Control Section at Argonne National Laboratory.  He received his engineering diploma at the Industrial System Engineering School in La Rochelle, France in 1997.  After working for PSA Peugeot Citroen for several years in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle research department, he joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1999 where he is now responsible of the development of Autonomie. Autonomie has been developed in collaboration with General Motors to accelerate the development and introduction of advanced technologies through a Plug&Play architecture.

Dan Lluch

Dan Lluch is with the marketing team at MathWorks – and has been in numerous technical customer facing roles in his 16 years with MathWorks, including Application Engineering, Advanced Support, Educational Technical Evangelist, and more.  He technical expertise is in modeling and simulation, with focus and background in vehicle dynamics and Aerospace applications.  Prior to MathWorks – Dan worked at Lockheed Martin Skunkworks and NASA.  He has his bachelors and masters in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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.

Benjamin Neuner

Benjamin Neuner moved to Colorado from Minnesota where he studied Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University.  He led the mechanical team in Year 2 of EcoCAR 2 with Colorado State University’s Vehicle Innovation Team.  His master’s thesis was on large-bore engine combustion control and emission reduction strategies.  In 2015 he moved to Michigan to take a Systems and Controls Engineer position at AVL, where he is responsible for executing functional integration & optimization of the powertrain software & control systems into the overall vehicle platform.

Anthony Farrell

Anthony Farrell is an Engineering Manager at Robert Bosch LLC. In this position, he is responsible for platform software development and technical project management in the application of Active Safety and Actuation Systems for FCA and West Coast Customer projects. A graduate from Lawrence Technological University, he has 15 years of industry experience including application, system calibration and technical project management of various electronic braking systems that include Electronic Stability Controls, Regenerative Braking Systems, “Brake By Wire” and Vacuum-less electronic brake boosters.

David Green

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.

 

Electrical 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.

Sjon Moore

Sjon Moore is a Product Architect for Mentor Graphics’ IESD Business Development team supporting customers with exciting and innovative technologies. Before transitioning to the EDA industry in 2008, Sjon worked for over 11 years as an Automotive Electrical Systems Engineer for several tier 1 wiring suppliers supporting many global automotive manufacturers. This real-world background provides a solid foundation for supporting customers and the industry as a whole to deploy software solutions as a means of addressing interesting challenges such as hybrid electrification, alternative conductor technologies, automated design synthesis, functional architecture design, etc. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Sjon received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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.

Kevin Oshiro

Kevin Oshiro is a Senior Application Engineer at MathWorks with interests in physical modeling and control design of mechatronic systems. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2013, Kevin was a research engineer at PACCAR/Kenworth Truck specializing in using model-based design to develop hybrid electric powertrains for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Kevin earned a BSME and BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines, and a MSEE (Controls Theory) from the University of Washington.

Sam Gillard

Andrew Zettel

Andrew Zettel is the Lead Development Engineer for Regulatory Requirements in the Electrification Controls group at General Motors.  He has worked in vehicle electrification for the past 17 years in the areas of controls and diagnostics.    This experience includes the development of passenger car and medium duty truck hybrid electric vehicles.     Andrew is a Professional Engineer and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mario Maiorana

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.

Dushyant Wadivkar

Dushyant Wadivkar currently leads a System Engineering team for Advanced Driver Assistance Functions and Automated driving at Robert Bosch LLC in Plymouth, Michigan. He graduated with a master’s in vehicle dynamics and control engineering from the University of Michigan and has been with Bosch since 2006. Recently, Dushyant managed a project in Bosch Germany that replaced legacy ESP functionality with leaner and refactored software using state-of-art system engineering methods. Fascinated with cars since his youth, Dushyant is excited about the automated future and the changes it would bring in the following years. Strangely, he only owns cars with manual transmissions

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.

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.

Keith Confer

Keith Confer is the Engineering Manager for Advanced Vehicle Systems in Delphi’s Advanced Powertrain Group. He has over 30 years powertrain systems experience with extensive background in automotive air and fuel system design and development. Keith is currently 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.

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.

Dan Polovina

Jon Poponea

Jon Poponea is a Product Manager in Powertrain Electrification at Robert Bosch LLC. He is responsible for understanding the overall market and its impact to Bosch Power Electronics and E-Machine business. His activities include carrying out market analyses, developing customer and product strategy, and supporting acquisition activities. Previously Jon worked in an engineering role on the Fiat 500e program, where he supported diagnostic calibration and system testing. Before joining the electrification group, Jon spent 8 years working in various Diesel Systems engineering roles. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Bruce Smith

Andrew Ickes

Andrew Ickes is a Mechanical Engineer in the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. He works in the field of experimental engine research, and has an expansive background in experimental engine testing and design of experimental setups. The focus of his research work is on developing advanced combustion strategies for high-efficiency, low-emissions engines and understanding the interplay between fuel properties and resulting engine combustion behavior. He has a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Howard West

Howard is the Director of Academic, Research and Supply Chain programs for the America’s Zone; Howard has been in this role since March 2015. In his previous roles his teams have supported many local Universities, Colleges and have implemented supply chain solutions for several customers.
Prior to his current role Howard was Sales Director for the Eastern United States for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory business unit. Howard had directs sales, services and training responsibilities for the Eastern United States. He had this role from September 2001 till March 2015. His sales teams in the East yearly lead the national US sales organization in Software, Services and Training sales performance.
Howard has had many sales and customer support roles in his 27+ years with Siemens PLM Software and its various predecessor companies. In one of his previous roles, Howard was responsible for the Delphi Automotive Systems Account on a global basis for 7 years. During this time Howard grew Delphi into one of Siemens PLM Top-5 global customers in the years 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2000 his sales team was awarded the CEO award for overall sales team performance.Prior to joining McDonnell Douglas (One of the Siemens PLM Predecessor companies), Howard was manager of central computing at Carnegie Mellon University. Howard earned his B.T. degree in Electrical Engineering from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Howard and his wife Lynda live outside of Washington, PA.

Steve Hahn

Andrew Mathers

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart is the Director of Engineering of body and chassis at Proterra, and for the past four years has been responsible for all mechanical aspects of vehicle product design and engineering.  Josh is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a Masters Degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University with a focus on vehicle dynamics and engineering.  Upon graduation from West Point, Josh served as an Armor Officer in the United States Army.  He has always been fascinated by vehicle technology and his time on military vehicles and the M1A1 Abrams tank contributed to his passion in advanced vehicle technology.  After serving, Josh worked in the racing industry as an engine and powertrain design engineer working for various NASCAR teams on powertrain design and testing.  He had the opportunity to work on two clean-sheet race engines for different manufacturers, and contribute to race wins and championships during his time in NASCAR.  He saw the potential of both the mission and product of Proterra and joined on as the mechanical engineering manager at Proterra to help develop the second generation Catalyst vehicle.  Josh is excited by leading teams in the development of innovative technologies that are capable of merging high performance and efficiency to have a positive impact on the world in which we live.

Kolak

Communications Presentation

Kimberly DeClark (Event Captain)

Kimberly DeClark is the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) communications and logistics manager at Argonne National Laboratory. In that role, she is responsible for communications and logistics for the EcoCAR 3 competition, which includes managing the communications program, as well as overseeing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program. DeClark has a diverse background in public relations, media relations and public affairs which include positions at General Motors, the White House National Advance team and White House Press Corps, and agency experience. Previously, DeClark was manager for Government, Policy and Technology Communications at General Motors, where she managed and facilitated public policy issue communications between government relations and corporate communications functions. Kimberly acted as spokesperson on all GM public policy issues including health care, trade, tax, safety, energy, environment and advanced technology vehicles. She coordinated with third-party organizations and other external audiences including elected officials, community leaders, policy makers, associations and advocacy groups to support public policy initiatives. DeClark has a Master of Arts in Organizational Communications and Public Relations, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Speech Communications, both from Wayne State University.

Claudia Hartwell

Dora Smith

Dora Smith leads the Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM) academic partner program, which grants billions of dollars of in-kind software to academic institutions around the globe each year.

Smith manages the team and operations that provide software and support to thousands of schools around the world.

Smith is an accredited business communicator (ABC) with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has spent her career in the engineering and manufacturing industry with leadership roles in social media, marketing communications, business planning, management, sales and finance. She served as director of an independent, not-for-profit organization supporting the engineering community. She also served as president of IABC St. Louis. She has received numerous awards, including an IABC Gold Quill for social media and Bronze Quills for writing and magazine production. 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.

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.

Courtney Moats

Michael Albano

Ashley Kronsell

Ashley Kronsell is the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Communications Specialist at Argonne National Laboratory. In this role, Ashley is responsible for assisting in the development of program communication strategies and executing internal and external communication activities across many venues and formats. Additionally, Ashley assists in coordinating and executing AVTC special events such as workshops, conferences and competitions, which include logistical management and the development of program content. Ashley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Communication and graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from Indiana State University. She continued her education at Indiana State University where she received a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication in 2015. She is an AVTC alumna and served as the Communication Manager for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology during the duration of EcoCAR 2.

Carla Perez

Project Management Presentation

Emily Shewell

Emily Shewell is an Assistant Program Engineering Manager-Crossover Programs.  She has previously worked as a Design Release Engineer Front and Rear Cradles on Crossover programs, Brake Systems Performance Engineer on the ATS and CTS programs, and spent several years in Industrial Engineering, including an International assignment in Australia at GM Holden working on the Chevy Camaro.  Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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.

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.

Lynette Popma

Sim Gill

Jesse Alley

Jesse Alley is the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Technical Program Manager at Argonne National Laboratory. Originally from Kingsport, TN and he has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, graduating in 2010 and 2012 respectively. While at Virginia Tech, he participated in EcoCAR: the NeXt Challenge and was the team leader for the first year of EcoCAR 2.

Lauren Tabolinsky

Lauren Tabolinsky joined MathWorks in 2008 and currently manages the Student Competition program 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.

Jerry Sarfati

Jerry Sarfati works with the Siemens PLM Global academic partner program, which has granted software to support over 1 million students at more than 3,000 educational institutions in 67 countries.

Jerry has 30 years’ experience in CAD/CAM/CAE applications.  He started his career at Lockheed Corporation where he specialized in the development of Computer Aided Design Software. He held a variety of roles including Manager of Software Development and Director of Product Marketing.   Prior to joining Siemens, held a variety of roles at IBM Corporation and Dassault Systèmes where he was a Product Evangelist, established technology partnerships and strategic 3rd party alliances  and helped establish the channel sales organization.     In 2005, Jerry joined UGS (now Siemens PLM Software) responsible for CAD product marketing.  He was heavily involved in re-launching the brand and in helping to successfully launch the social media strategy.

Women in Engineering

Cindy Svestka (Event Captain)

Cindy Svestka, Senior Manager for Control System Engineering Process at General Motors (GM), 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 2015, Cindy was the Engineering Group Manager (EGM) for Gas Engine Diagnostics and Evaporative Emissions, EGM for Cranking Systems & Electronic Sensors, 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 Operational 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 of GM WOMEN.

MathWorks Sponsored Award

Tom Egel

Tom Egel is a principal technical consultant who specializes in physical modeling of multidomain systems using Simscape and Simulink physical modeling products. He has over 25 years of experience with modeling and simulation of physical systems, and is a contributing author to the book The System Designer’s Guide to VHDL-AMS (Morgan Kaufmann, 2003). He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Washington University and a B.A. in physics from St. Louis University. Tom has been involved as a mentor and judge for various student competitions including ChallengeX and EcoCAR 1, 2 and 3.

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.

Dan Lluch

Kevin Oshiro

Kevin Oshiro is a Senior Application Engineer at MathWorks with interests in physical modeling and control design of mechatronic systems. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2013, Kevin was a research engineer at PACCAR/Kenworth Truck specializing in using model-based design to develop hybrid electric powertrains for medium and heavy duty vehicles. Kevin earned a BSME and BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines, and a MSEE (Controls Theory) from the University of Washington.

Wit Nursilo

Wit Nursilo is a Senior Application Engineer of MathWorks in Novi, Michigan office. He supports physical modeling application for customers in the automotive, aerospace, and other various industries. He leads a team to support deep engagement with strategic customers from major industry in implementing physical modeling in Model Based Design workflow.

Including Delphi Corporation and MathWorks, Wit has over 14 years of various industry experiences in hydraulics/pneumatics and mechanical component/system modeling. Wit graduated from Tokai University, Japan with Bachelors and Master in Mechanical Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington in the area of Hydraulics Transmission Line Dynamics.