Year Two Competition

Judge Bios

Consumer Appeal 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.

Leigh Anderson

Mr. Leigh Anderson, Higher Education Program Manager for Automotive

Leigh has 15 years of product management experience in the design automation industry across a wide range of products ― from embedded software tools to simulation and verification. Another 10 years of experience in embedded systems and fabless semiconductor companies, including sensors and processors provides additional perspective ― the integrated automotive design challenge is increasingly a multi-disciplinary imperative, spanning electronics hardware, embedded software, networking, cabling/harnesses, and diverse mechanical and sensor subsystems. Leigh is also a veteran high-performance driving instructor for several national car clubs and makes modifications to his own track car.

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.

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.

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.

Elise Keddie

Elise Keddie is Manager of the Zero Emission Vehicle Implementation Section at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Her group is responsible for coordinating compliance with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulation, and developing and implementing policies to promote and support advanced technology vehicle awareness, education, and consumer adoption. Prior to joining CARB in 2001, Elise held a research position at the University of California, Davis. She holds a BS degree from UC Davis, and a PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jim Miller

Dr. James Miller is a Senior Engineer and the Deputy Director of the Energy Systems Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. He has 38 years of research experience at Argonne National Laboratory, working on advanced batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen, and electric vehicles. He completed a three-year assignment at the US Department of Energy Headquarters in Washington, DC as a Senior Technical Advisor for the Vehicle Technologies Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from 2009-2012. Previously, he was Associate Division Director of Argonne’s Chemical Technology Division, and Director of Argonne’s Electrochemical Technology Program. He has served on advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, NASA, the International Council on Clean Transportation, and the US Department of Energy, and has testified before Congressional science committees. He is a member of SAE International. He hold Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Missouri, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

Carla Perez

Controls 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.

Donna Haiderer

Donna Haiderer is the Director for Global Gasoline Engine Controls at General Motors. Donna joined GM in 1983 as a Software Development Engineer for Small Block engines and GM Motorsports. Prior to her current position, she has held numerous assignments in the engine design and development arena, including Assistant Chief Engineer for the Northstar Engines.

Dominik Karbowski

Dominik Karbowski is a principal research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. Dominik currently leads Argonne’s efforts to make tomorrow’s cars and trucks more energy efficient through a combination of vehicle electrification, optimal control, in-vehicle data and vehicle connectivity and automation. Dominik has extensive experience in automotive systems modelling and simulation, control theory, energy management, 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).

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.

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.

Matt Simonini

Matt Simonini is the lead powertrain controls engineer at Proterra Inc. He is responsible for the development, validation and release of all powertrain related software components for the electric powertrain systems at Proterra. His responsibilities also include defining system performance requirements and modeling future powertrain architectures. Previously, Matt spent 5 years working in the EV/Hybrid Controls group at General Motors where he supported the development of the Chevy Volt and other hybrid vehicle platforms. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin where he participated in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition as a student. He received his Masters of Engineering in Energy Systems from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in electric vehicle modeling and controls.

Mike Zahradnik

Electrical Presentation

Bill Job (Event Captain)

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.

Steve Blum

Joe Cassar

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.

John Halliwell

John Halliwell is a Technical Executive in the Electric Transportation Group of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector of EPRI. Mr. Halliwell’s primary focus is smart charging and infrastructure development for plug-in electric vehicles. He has been active in the electric transportation space since 2008 and is the current chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers J1772 Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler Task Force.

Halliwell joined EPRI in 2007. He has broad experience in design and application of electronic circuits and electronic systems in instrumentation, controls, embedded systems and power supplies. His previous employers include AGT, where he was responsible for design of high voltage power supplies for atmospheric plasma systems; Vacuum Technology, Incorporated, working in residual gas analysis and industrial leak testing; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working in electronics design and systems integration; and E G & G Energy Measurements, working in test instrumentation development.

Halliwell received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Master’s degree while employed at ORNL. His studies emphasized analog electronics, instrumentation and digital signal processing.

He is a member of IEEE and holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio license.

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.

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.

Rich Nesbitt

Rich is currently a technical program manager for the regenerative braking systems at BOSCH. He manages the technical aspects of the components in regenerative braking systems. He said that his time in the AVTCs as a student prepared him for the job that he has today.

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.

John Tushar

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Elise Keddie

Elise Keddie is Manager of the Zero Emission Vehicle Implementation Section at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Her group is responsible for coordinating compliance with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle regulation, and developing and implementing policies to promote and support advanced technology vehicle awareness, education, and consumer adoption. Prior to joining CARB in 2001, Elise held a research position at the University of California, Davis. She holds a BS degree from UC Davis, and a PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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.

Sam Kuan

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.

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.

Kyle Crawford

Sean Hendrix

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.

Jerry Sarfati

Jerry Sarfati works with the Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM) academic partner program, which grants billions of in-kind software to academic institutions around the globe each year.

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.

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.

Thomas Wallner

Dr. Thomas Wallner is a research engineer and Principal Investigator at Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. In this role Thomas plans, performs and analyzes work for research projects on engine and combustion research topics with various fuels including hydrogen and natural gas, gasoline and alcohol fuels as well as diesel fuel in the “Engines and Emissions Research Group” and on vehicle-related applications with the “Vehicle Systems Group.” Since 2009, Thomas has been a part of the adjunct faculty at Michigan Technological University. As assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department he supervises and mentors students for masters and doctoral research work. Thomas has published more than 40 peer-reviewed technical papers and holds a European Patent on Hydrogen Injection Strategies. Along with his research at Argonne, Thomas is a consultant for test cell design and layout for internal combustion engines. He holds a PhD and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Graz University of Technology.

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.

Jennie Eccelstone

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.

Mary-Beth Stanek

Mary Beth leads advanced technology activities and supports government relations in the areas of technology, climate and energy.  In addition, Mary Beth works with several agencies and trade organizations on advancing environment and energy initiatives.  She previously led regulatory affairs for GM in Brussels and has had several positions in DC and Detroit leading advanced technology and energy related activities.  She also directed the fuel cell vehicle demonstration program.  In addition, Mary Beth continues to lead many bio-based fuel policy and commercial efforts. She is also a frequent contributor to MCB University Press.  Her articles can be found in Management Decision, European Business Review, Journal of Workplace learning and Management Research News.
Mary Beth was a 2002 recipient of the Wall Street Journal Achievement award and was previously a Renewable Fuels Commissioner for the State of Michigan. Mary Beth is on the Institute for Physical Research and Technology Board at Iowa State.
Dr. Stanek holds a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota.  Her concentration areas are international business, alliances and partnerships.

 

Project Management Presentation

Emily Shewell (Event Captain)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Partain

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.

Jeff Sprague

Jeffrey Sprague is Vice President of Contract Services, Human Resources and Marketing for Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.) Jeffrey has been with TRC Inc. for 17 years in various positions. He oversees all contract engineering, human resources and sales and marketing for the center. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from Ohio Northern University and an MBA from University of Dayton. Transportation Research Center Inc. manages Transportation Research Center the world largest independent automotive proving ground.

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.

Systems Modeling & Simulation

Cheryl Williams (Event Captain)

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.

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.

Larry 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maribeth Yabes

Maribeth manages a team of Plant Model and HIL Integration Engineers, Algorithm Development Engineers and Verification and Validation Engineers. Maribeth joined GM in 1990 as an Associate Engineer in Powertrain Engineering. Prior to her current role, she held numerous assignments in Product Engineering and Electronics Controls and Software.

Systems Safety

Mark Vernacchia (Event Captain)

Mark Vernacchia is the highest ranking technical safety authority for all GM Global Propulsion Systems, in his role as the Principal System Safety Engineer. Mark is a Technical Fellow with 21 years of service with GM.  He hols a BS in Mechanical Eengineering from Purdue University; a MS Engineering Science Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and is a Professional Engineer for the State of Michigan.

Dave Hartfelder

Dave has over 30 years of experience in automotive electronics and software design, development and verification spanning the powertrain, chassis and body control domains. The last 9 years of his career have been focused in the System Safety area. Dave currently chairs the SAE Functional Safety Committee. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kettering University.

Lynette Popma

Lynette is a Propulsion System Safety Engineer specializing in ElectronicTransmission Range Selection Systems. She has 16 years of service with GM working in various engineering roles.  Lynette has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and is a DFSS Master Black Belt.

Inga Yuditsky

Inga Yuditsky System Safety Engineer; 5 years at GM; BSE Electrical Engineering; M.Eng Energy Systems Engineering; DFSS Black Belt

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.

Alejandro Frias

Joining General Motors in 2010, Alejandro is a Performance Engineer at the General Motors Desert Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. He performs multiple roles in durability testing and chassis controls testing. He is also the GMS Team Leader for the Engineering group at the DPG.
While pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering at Arizona State University, he began his work with General Motors as a summer intern at the DPG in 2007 and 2008. He earned his Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2016.
Alejandro has been the lead mentor of the Gila Monsters FIRST Robotics team at Yuma High School for 6 years, participating in the FIRST Championship Competition in 2015. Alejandro started a non-profit organization, Yuma Community Robotics, to promote K-12 STEM education in Yuma, AZ in 2014.

Tom Goddette

Tom Goddette graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 2013 after being involved with Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) for five years, where he was able to work on the EcoCAR 1 and EcoCAR 2 series. MSU’s team caught back up with him after his move to Michigan to begin his career at AVL Powertrain Engineering. He offered words of advice and said what he sees in the future for AVTCs.

Jim Kolhoff

Jim Kolhoff is the global director of software engineering for General Motors (GM) Powertrain. His organization is responsible for the design, development, and validation of software for engine and transmission controllers for GM globally. His previous assignments at GM Powertrain include chief engineer of Hybrid Drive Units and director of Transmission Controls. He has more than 25 years of experience in automotive powertrain engineering. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Trevor Rowe

Trevor Rowe is an application engineer at DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM) located in Southfield, Michigan. He is responsible for DIAM’s Electric Hybrid Vehicle (EHV) integrated starter generators(ISGs) and traction motors(MG) in North America. Rowe joined DIAM in 2011 as an application engineer, assisting in the development of power electronics for hybrid vehicles. In 2012, Rowe started transitioned to ISG/MG development with North American automakers. Rowe also led DIAM’s high voltage laboratory specification development and sourcing. Prior to joining DIAM, Rowe worked on testing engines and hybrid motors, as a laboratory engineer with General Motors in Pontiac, Michigan. Rowe received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, while holding a co-op position for three years at Superior Controls in Plymouth, Michigan. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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.

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.

NSF Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering Award

Tracey Bagley-Reed

Tracey is currently a Design System Engineer for Full Size Trucks in the Propulsion Systems Embedded Controls organization where she is responsible for managing the release of software and calibration.  Tracey has also led engineers globally in delivering algorithms and software for Powertrain Embedded Controls.  As the discipline leader for software design leaders she led process improvement initiatives for software development.  In addition she worked as a System Safety Engineer for Engine and Hybrid applications and was responsible for managing the execution of the safety plan according to GM’s System Safety Engineering Process consistent with ISO26262.  She has been with GM for 17 years, during which time she has held various roles.  Tracey received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a M.S in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.

Audley Brown

Alma Crosley

A veteran with over 25 years of experience, Alma L. Crossley was appointed Director for Corporate Diversity on January 1, 2011.
Alma’s primary responsibility is to favorably position GM as the company of choice for its products and services among diverse communities by promoting, supporting, and leveraging diversity within and outside of General Motors.
In her position, Alma works to establish relationships with key advocacy groups and consult across various GM functions to achieve Diversity business goals.
Alma earned her undergraduate degree from GMI in 1990, and received her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1997. Alma is proud of her heritage and is excited to be in a position that leverages her broad experience and diverse background.
In 2011, Hispanic Business selected Alma as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics”, and in 2012 she was designated “Latina Trailblazer” by Latino Justice. In 2015, Alma earned “The Rare Everyday Hero Award” from Winning Futures, and the Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award from the Great Minds in STEM organization.

Lisa Durham

Lisa Durham is the Director of the Leadership Institute and a Principal Environmental Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. As the Leadership Institute Director, she provides strategic direction and management of creative programs designed to cultivate the leadership potential of all employees and to enable them to maximize their unique contributions to science, engineering, and Argonne’s mission. In the role of Principal Environmental Engineer, Lisa is responsible for programs, projects, and research associated with geoenvironmental analyses.

Lisa received her B.S. in geology from Texas A&M University and her M.S. in geosciences from Purdue University. She is recognized for her work in the areas of soil and groundwater investigations, data analysis and interpretation, and environmental modeling in support of characterization and remediation at hazardous, toxic, and radioactive waste sites. She has more than 25 years of scientific and professional experience working with federal agencies in providing innovative technical approaches and expertise to investigate, characterize, and remediate environmentally contaminated legacy sites as a result of the nation’s early atomic weapons and energy programs.

Lisa has led efforts to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and her advocacy and encouragement of young women interested in STEM careers, earned her Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Diversity Award in 2012. Lisa went on to lead the WIST program from 2013 to 2015. Most recently, Lisa was named Scientist of the Month (April 2015) by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-Chicago chapter). Lisa serves on many panels and advisory boards, chairs numerous outreach activities, and attended the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dwenell Mills

Dwenell’s organization is responsible for Global Product Development Vendor Tooling and Material Cost Books for new vehicle programs. He previously led Complexity Optimization strategies focused on maximizing customer satisfaction and company profit. He spent 5 years in South Korea where he led development of the Chevrolet Cruze as Global Vehicle Line Director before becoming GM Korea Vice President of Product Planning and Program Management. Dwenell held a number of other assignments including engineering test, development and design, as well as managing projects and strategic business plans at GM Motorsports, GM do Brasil, Holden and the Advanced Vehicle Development Center. Dwenell has over 33 years of service with GM.  He holds a BSME GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering), an MSEM from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

James Moore

As a rotator, Dr. James L. Moore III is a Program Director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. He is also the Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at The Ohio State University. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, where he managed numerous programs and units. His research agenda focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education/counseling, and STEM education.

Moore is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. He is frequently quoted, featured, or mentioned in popular publications, such as the New York Times, Columbus Dispatch, Spartanburg Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He has co-edited five books: (a) African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement; (b) African American Male Students in PreK-12 Schools: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice; (c) Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An exploration of Problems and Solutions; (d) Advancing Educational Outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and (e) Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future. Additionally, he has published over 100 publications; obtained nearly $9 million in grants, contracts, and gifts; and given over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world (e.g., Jamaica, Canada, England, Spain, China, India, Indonesia, and France).

Dr. Moore received his B.A. in English Education from Delaware State University and both his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors, and distinctions. Notably, he was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow and a Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow. In 2011, he was bestowed a proclamation from the Ohio House [OH]; in 2014, a resolution from the Columbus City Council [OH]; and in 2015, a key to the City of Spartanburg [SC].

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.

Connie Bezanson

Connie Bezanson manages the Education and Outreach activities within the Vehicle Technologies Program in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In addition to managing the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) activity, she manages the Graduate Automotive Technology Education, and a portfolio to support the transition to advanced electric transportation systems. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.

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.

Albena Tzoneva

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.

Mike Kearney

Mike Kearney is a Controls Design Engineer in General Motors’ Electrification Controls organization. Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, he was a student in the EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge competition on the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. He was a GM Technical Lead for the EcoCAR 2 AVTC series and now manages the GM Mentors for EcoCAR 3.

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.

 

Best Collaboration with a Clean Cities Award

Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins is a Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he supports the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities, Federal Fleet, and EPAct programs.  Mr. Hudgins is helping to strengthen partnerships with community organizations and industry partners across the nation. In his role, Mr. Hudgins provides technical assistance to stakeholders looking to implement energy efficiency measures and transition to alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.  Mr. Hudgins is the lead for the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, DOE’s Alternative Fueling Stations Database, and Clean Cities TV project. He also supports the network approximately 100 local Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the U.S. by providing technical assistance and training.

Before joining NREL, Mr. Hudgins was the Transportation & Clean Cities Coordinator for the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition. Mr. Hudgins received a MAS in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver (CO) in 2007 and a BA in Environmental Science from Capital University (OH) in 1998.  He also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Natural Resource Management (‘07) and Global Affairs (‘09) from the University of Denver.

Amanda McAlpin

Amanda McAlpin serves as the Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Coordinator at Argonne National Laboratory, where she assists in providing clean transportation knowledge and experience to university students to prepare them for roles in the energy industry. Amanda is an alumna of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC), having served as outreach coordinator for the Mississippi State University team during Challenge X and has been involved with AVTCs for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Mississippi State University. Amanda previously worked for New West Technologies in Washington, DC, where she led a team that provided research and communication expertise in the area of energy and transportation for the federal government.

Marcy Rood-Werpy

Principle Environmental Transportation Analyst Marcy Rood-Werpy worked for the Clean Cities Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C. from 1995 to 2008. She currently provides Clean Cities support in a number of areas, such as strategic planning, analysis of the U.S. natural gas and propane vehicle markets, and managing the development of tools and information on idle reduction technologies, and greenhouse gas reductions from the use of alternative fuels.

During her time at DOE, she served as the Deputy Director of Clean Cities and the Director of Clean Cities Coalitions, directing the program efforts of both headquarters and regional DOE staff, overseeing the activities of the network of Coalitions, and collaborating with national stakeholders, fuel trade associations, infrastructure developers, and federal agencies.  She provided direction for grant programs, training initiatives, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and assisted in the planning of National Clean Cities Conferences.

She is a native Ohioan and has a Masters of Public Administration from Ohio State University.
Now living in the heartland, Decatur, IL, she serves on the board of Gallery 510, a local art gallery and enjoys boating on Lake Decatur and watching her husband, Todd, wakeboard.