SAE 2013 World Congress & Exhibition

April 16-18, 2013

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Chat with Experts - Powertrain/Propulsion

April 17; 4:00 p.m.
LD/HD Control, Calibration, and OBD (PFLCHAT310)


Steve Majkowski Steve Majkowski
American Power Group Inc
Steve Majkowski is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for American Power Group, Inc (APG). APG provides a cost-effective patented Turbocharged Natural Gas™ conversion technology for vehicular, stationary and off-road mobile diesel engines. Steve is responsible for establishing, directing, and leading all customer-oriented initiatives to grow APG's domestic and international dual fuel conversion businesses. Steve has over 20 years experience in the emissions and powertrain area. Prior to joining APG, Steve worked for Dow Chemical's Automotive Systems unit, where he was the Global Sales and Marketing Director of their ceramic emissions substrate business. Prior to Dow, Steve worked for General Motors and Delphi Powertrain. He held various technical and commercial positions there, including Chief Engineer, Marketing Manager, Technology Planner, and Development Engineer roles in Powertrain Controls, Calibration, and Emission Systems. Majkowski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a MBA from Kettering University. He holds nine U.S. patents, 2 defensive publications and has authored and presented multiple industry


Dr. Zoran Filipi Dr. Zoran Filipi
Clemson University
Dr. Zoran Filipi is the Professor and Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) since January 2012. He was with the University of Michigan between 1994 and 2011, where he rose to the rank of Research Professor, and served as the director of the Center for Engineering Excellence through Hybrid Technology and the deputy director of the Automotive Research Center, a U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of ground vehicles. Prof. Filipi received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in 1992. His main research interests are advanced IC engine concepts, alternative fuels, hybrid powertrain systems, and energy for transportation. He published over 150 papers in international journals and refereed conference proceedings, and holds three patents. Dr. Filipi is the recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award (2009), the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Award (2010), IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering Best Paper Award (2011), Springer Award (2012) for the most cited article in the International Journal of Automotive Technology, and the U of M Research Faculty Achievement Award (2010). He is an SAE Fellow, a member of the SAE Executive Committee for Powertrains, and the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal for Alternative Powertrains.

Bill Fedor William Fedor
Delphi Powertrain
Bill Fedor is Chief Engineer of Delphi Gas EMS Calibration and Applications Team and responsible for Delphi's Global Calibration Processes and Production Calibration activities led out of Delphi North America. A 1992 graduate of Kettering University, Bill's entire career has been in Powertrain Controls and Calibration. Joined Delphi in 1998 after spending 6 years at Ford Motor Company - Powertrain Operations. Areas of expertise include Engine Controls, Emission Controls, Port Fuel Injection, Gas Direct Injection, Combustion, Engine and Diagnostic Calibration.

Kody Klindt Kody Klindt
IAV Automotive
Kody Klindt is project development director of Powertrain at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for developing sales and business growth aspects of the Powertrain division in North America. Klindt oversees the project development and project execution for significant projects for all automotive customers. Klindt has been with IAV since 2007, before becoming project development director in 2012, he also served as business unit director, team manager and chief engineer of Gasoline and Alternative Fuels System at IAV, leading a team of engineers working to develop hardware, software and calibration solutions for a gasoline engine. Before joining IAV, Klindt was a both a senior automotive calibration engineer and, most recently, an automotive calibration engineer supervisor at Mahle Powertrain, where he had overall responsibility for all aspects of vehicle calibration program and developed new controls features, managed budget and personnel issues, maintained technical business relations, built the calibration team and directed and coordinated calibration development personnel. He is on the Technical Committee of SAE International.

Guoming (George) Zhu Guoming Zhu
Michigan State University
Guoming (George) Zhu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Beijing University of Aeronautics andAstronautics, Beijing, China, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1992. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Prior to this, he was a Technical Fellow in advanced powertrain systems with Visteon Corporation. He was also a Technical Advisor at Cummins Engine Co. His teaching interests focus on control classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has more than 24 years of experience related to control theory, engine diagnostics, and combustion control. He has contributed to more than 120 refereed technical papers and received 40 U.S. patents. His current research interests include closed-loop combustion control of internal combustion engines, engine system modeling and identification, hybrid power train control and optimization, linear parameter-varying control with application to automotive systems, etc. Dr. Zhu was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Powertrain. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers.

April 16; 4:00 p.m.

Chat with the Expert: Propane Autogas - The Other Gaseous Fuel (PFLCHAT240)
Around the world, autogas is the third most commonly used vehicle fuel after diesel and gasoline. Here is the USA, the use of autogas has been growing in a number of market areas, predominantly in medium duty, return to base delivery fleets and school buses. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is funding a number of research projects to evaluate the performance of autogas in a range of internal combustion engines used in vehicle classes above and below those currently available in the market in autogas. This research will assist in highlighting the advantages in the use of autogas compared to gasoline, diesel or natural gas and will form the basis of the chat discussions.

Alan McEwan Alan McEwan
Propane Education & Research Council
Alan McEwan is Director of Engine Technology at the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), a non-profit based out of Washington DC, whose mission is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source. PERC supports the development and commercialization of products, with Alan leading the IC engine development aspects of this from a base in the Detroit suburbs. Alan has almost 30 experience in the automotive powertrain business - from a calibration engineer in the UK to sales and application management in the supply of engine components to most of the light and heavy duty automotive manufacturers in the USA.

April 16; 4:00 p.m.
Communicating Lubricant and Hardware requirements, limitations and mutual performance expectations; Are we getting our specifications right? (PFLCHAT520)
Organizer: Timothy Newcomb, BorgWarner
Panelists -
Christopher S. Cleveland, Afton Chemical Corp.
William David Haynes, BorgWarner Inc.
Chintan Ved, Ford Motor Co.

Martin Theil Martin Theil
BP Europa SE
Driveline Technology Centre
Neuhöfer Brückenstrasse 81
D-21107 Hamburg

  • Since Oct. 2012 - Global Product Development Manager ATF for BP Europe SE at DTC in Hamburg (Germany)
  • Oct. 2010 - Sep. 2012 - Manager R&D Driveline Fluids for Petronas Lubricants International in Villastellone (Italy)
  • April 2008 - Sep. 2010 - Project Leader for Transmission Oils for Shell Global Solutions at PAE in Hamburg (Germany)
  • Nov. 2005 - March 2008 - Project Leader for Transmission Oils for BP Lubes Marketing GmbH at DTC in Hamburg (Germany)
  • June 2002 - Okt. 2005 - Development Chemist and Project Leader for Metalworking Fluids for Deutsche BP AG in Mönchengladbach (Germany)
  • Feb 2002 - PhD at the University of Bielefeld (Germany)

Dr. Richard J. Vickerman Dr. Richard J. Vickerman
The Lubrizol Corporation
Dr. Richard J. Vickerman has been with The Lubrizol Corporation since 1990 where he has held numerous positions within Research and Development including manager of the Friction Modifier Group within the Chemical Synthesis Department. He is currently the Strategic Technology Manager in the Driveline Fluids Group responsible for long range research in the area of automatic transmission fluid technology. Rich holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Joe Walker
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Joe Walker Mr. Walker is the Corporate Director - Materials Development and Chemical Regulatory Compliance - Americas for Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies. In this position Joe is responsible for overseeing all advanced materials development as well as overseeing all chemical regulatory compliance issues for the FNST's Americas business. Immediately prior to joining Freudenberg-NOK, Joe was the Silicone Rubber Business Team Leader for Wacker Silicones Corporation where he was responsible for research, development, and sales and marketing. Previously, he was an Engineering Fellow for Alliant Techsystems (formally Honeywell Defense & Marine Systems) where he was responsible for material design, processing and application for various Department of Defense programs. Mr. Walker has held other positions at Stauffer Chemical, Phillips Petroleum, and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. In addition, he is the past national chairman of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. He is a member of the Rubber Industry Advisory Board for Ferris State University, SAE, SPE OESA, AIAG, and a member of the Americas Tech Team of the American Chemistry Council. He holds numerous patents in the fields of materials applications and compositional chemistries. He has authored and edited various chapters in textbooks and industry publications.

William Haynes William Haynes
BorgWarner Transmission Systems
William Haynes is a Staff Engineer for BorgWarner Transmission Systems. He works in the Controls validation and development group on solenoid valves, primarily for use in automatic transmissions. Over a 13 year career with BorgWarner, William has been a product development engineer on multiple solenoid valve programs for high volume applications, and is the primary inventor for a BorgWarner patent on a low leak variable bleed solenoid (Low Leak Poppet Solenoid - US patent 7,458,395 B2). Prior to joining BorgWarner, William was a test engineer for Ficosa North America and a machining center service engineer for Makino. William has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. William currently resides in Clarkston, MI with his wife and three children.

Timothy Newcomb Dr. Timothy Newcomb
BorgWarner Transmission Systems
Dr. Timothy Newcomb is a Technical Specialist in the Friction Technology Group at BorgWarner Transmission Systems. Tim is responsible for overseeing the group's Tribology Laboratory and participates in the development of new friction materials. Prior to joining BorgWarner, he worked in the lubricant additive business. Tim has coauthored several papers and has received the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award and the SAE Award for Research on Automotive Lubricants. Tim has been a co-organizer of the SAE Driveline Fluid Session for over ten years and is a recipient of the Forest R. McFarland Award for service to SAE. He currently serves as the Chairman of the SAE Lubricants & Powertrain Committee. Tim received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University and his MS and BS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His academic background includes materials and surface science research.

Chintan Ved Chintan Ved
Chintan has a Chemical Engineering background with prime focus in the area of Tribology. He also has a Masters in Product Development from University of Detroit, Mercy. Chintan started his career at Ford's Automatic Transmission Division working as a component design & release engineer. After working on various transmission internal components he started in the fluids group working on friction(clutch) testing and ATF development. Currently Chintan is a Technical Expert at Ford's Transmission & Driveline Engineering focusing on technical development, specifications and publications of transmission & driveline lubricants / chemicals. Chintan is also the Chairperson of Ford's MERCON Service Fluid Committee which oversees aftermarket fluid approvals. Chintan represents Ford at various SAE, STLE and LRI technical committees related to Transmission & Driveline Lubricants.

Chris Cleveland Chris Cleveland
Chris Cleveland's current role is R&D Manager with responsibility for the global ATF formulation efforts, including factory-fill and service-fill products. Prior responsibilities included the team leader for North America ATF R&D and CTS. Dr. Cleveland received his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and his BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.