SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition

April 8-10, 2014

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Meet the Speed Mentors

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Brian Burke Brian Burke

With an annual sales of approximately 350 million dollars, GECOM is a global leader in automotive components and latches. Appointed to this position in March 2013, Burke is responsible for the sales, engineering, and product development of latches, powerlift gates, and other automotive components supplied by GECOM. He has been a member of the corporate advisory board since June 2013.

Burke has held other executive sales and engineering positions, working for Brembo, Continental, and Honeywell Corporations. From Sept 2004 until 2013, Burke served as Director of New Business Development for Brembo North America. During his tenure at Brembo, Burke held positions as OE sales manager and account manager. From 2007 to 2012 Burke, grew the OE business from $4 Mio to $120 Mio annually. He began his career in 1998 as a brake design engineer and also held assignments in vehicle development and applications engineering.

Burke graduated with honors from Oakland University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and is working towards his masters degree in automotive engineering management.

The son of Paul Burke, retired GM brand quality manager, Burke was born in Rochester, Michigan, and has lived briefly in Germany, California, and Arizona. He currently resides in Lake Orion, MI, with his wife Christy and two children Keira and Kyler.

Burke is also a professional race car driver who has raced in the Cooper Tire F2000 pro series and won multiple national championships in Formula 2000, including the American Road Race of Champions in 2002 and 2004. He still teaches at various race driving schools. In his spare time he enjoys wakeboarding, beach volleyball, skiing, and other sports.

David Lancaster David Lancaster

Dave is Principal Engineer for Gas Engines at FEV North America. He joined FEV shortly after retirement from General Motors following 41 years at GM Research and GM Powertrain. He held positions as a researcher, manager and executive at GM Research in engine combustion, controls and vehicle systems before moving to Powertrain as Technical Fellow. At Powertrain, he was manager of base engine architecture and system engineer for early development of the mild hybrid systems. As Technical Fellow of Development, he was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the GM Powertrain Pontiac Laboratory and global harmonization of GM's development procedures. An SAE Fellow, he has been granted numerous patents, and he has received the SAE Horning and Colwell awards as well as the 2011 SAE Medal of Honor. He is a recipient of the GM Boss Kettering Award.

Dave's education includes BS, MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Dieter H. Lehnert Dieter H. Lehnert

Dieter H. Lehnert is currently working for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, leading efforts at the recently opened branch office located in Detroit, Michigan. The primary role of the new office is to provide services to companies that are in the process of expanding their transatlantic trade and investment in Michigan and the region. German-born and raised in America, Dieter brings significant international experience with him, having worked within the global automotive industry for more than 35 years.

Dieter started his career at GM in 1973 as part of the cooperative education program at General Motors Institute (GMI). After graduating he remained with GM (1978-84) before continuing on with global Tier 1 suppliers specializing in electrical and electronic applications. During the last 30 years he has held senior technical and commercial management positions at Sheldahl, Thomas & Betts, Alcoa (AFL), and Draexlmaier. He has provided technical sales and marketing leadership and established and managed Detroit area technical design centers during this time. Before joining the Chamber he worked with STACI, a global provider of electronic manufacturing services, where his responsibilities included defining and implementing corporate business acquisition initiatives.

Dieter holds an MBA from John Carroll University in addition to his undergraduate degree from GMI (now Kettering University). He has been a member of SAE for many years. Dieter has been married for 32 years to his wife Karen. Together they raised 3 children, Kristin, Kimberly, and Jonathan Dieter (JD).

Harry Husted Harry Husted

Harry Husted is Chief Engineer of Advanced Powertrain and Technical Fellow at Delphi, where he leads a global team in developing a variety of new powertrain products and technologies including high efficiency approaches to combustion, advanced fuel injectors, ignition systems, exhaust sensors, valvetrains, electronic controllers, and control algorithms.

Mr. Husted graduated summa cum laude from Kettering University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as a recipient of the General Motors Fellowship.

Kimberly A. Ziomek Kimberly A. Ziomek

Kimberly (Kim) A. Ziomek, is currently in Sales at Panasonic Automotive Systems of America in Farmington Hills, MI. Ms. Ziomek is a driven industry leader with global experience in automotive and affiliated industries that engages leadership skills for business growth. Ms. Ziomek has dual ladder experience and is recognized as a highly productive, dependable and efficient customer relationship facilitator. In 2000, she was awarded one of Automotive News - Top 100 Leading Women in Automotive Industry Award.

She has a proven ability to consistently satisfy customer expectations, exceed company goals and engage C-Suite for ROI. Over 20+ years of engagement in the automotive and affiliated industries have provided a host of significant C-suite contacts. These contacts and trusted advisors titles range from Engineering Manager to President & CEO at OEM's such as: Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia, General Motors and others. A wealth of contacts also exists at 30+ Automotive Tier One organizations, Automotive Dealerships, Hotel/Restaurant Chains, HealthCare, Retail, Client Services, Professional Industry Organizations (SEMA, Convergence, SAE, other), Executive Search Firms and Entrepreneurial ventures - again, at senior C-Suite levels.

Ms. Ziomek exhibits outstanding communication skills, involves others and acts as a catalyst for strategic partnerships. This enables her to have trusted advisor contacts outside of direct OEM/Tier One organizations, for example: Retail and Entrepreneurial establishments, dealership organizations and Not-for-Profit organizations.

Samit Ghosh Samit Ghosh

Dr. Samit Ghosh is President and CEO of P3 North America, Inc., a Management Consultant and Engineering Solutions company. Since 2005, he has been responsible for leading the company's growth in the US automotive industry, especially in the fields of alternative powertrain and vehicle electronics.

In his prior roles as a Principal and Executive at P3 offices in Germany, Canada and the US, Dr. Samit Ghosh has consulted for leading automotive companies in the fields of advanced propulsion systems (hybrid, fuel cell and electric), conventional powertrain and connected vehicle technology (infotainment, telematics and V2X systems).

He has been closely involved with the early e-Mobility programs of top European and US OEMs and continues to be active in this field.

He is experienced in automotive product development, management processes, program management, technology and innovation management as well as international development cooperation.

Dr. Samit Ghosh holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Dipl.-Ing. Maschinenbau (the German equivalent to a MSME) from RWTH University in Aachen, Germany.

He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, German American Chamber of Commerce and the Alumni Association North America for RWTH University in Aachen. He was awarded the Crain's Detroit Business 40 under 40 award in 2010.

Scott Hotz Scott Hotz

Since joining SwRI in 2000, Mr. Hotz has provided control and data acquisition system engineering support for dozens of engine and vehicle research and development programs including homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI), Diesel, spark ignition, free-piston and rotary engines, as well as chassis control systems for hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Mr. Hotz founded SwRI's Ann Arbor Technical Center in 2005 and has steadily expanded the staff, assembling a complementary team of highly capable electronic control system developers and application engineers focused on providing tremendous responsiveness and the highest quality of customer service.

Mr. Hotz is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He received his engineering degree from the University of Toledo (BSEE 1999) and is a graduate of The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business (MBA 2012).

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Brigit Anthony Brigit Anthony

Brigit Anthony has her BS and MS in mechanical engineering and thermal sciences, respectively. She has 27 years of experience in automotive engineering. She has been with Visteon/HVCC for 17 years. Anthony was previously with Ford for 10 years and has held numerous other global engineering and business positions. Currently, she is Senior Director, Americas Engineering Technical Center.

David E. Helton David E. Helton

David E. Helton is global chief engineer for Delphi's Powertrain Gas Engine Management Systems. In this position, he is responsible for the design, development and application of propulsion control systems for the global market. He is located at Delphi's Customer Technology Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Helton joined Delphi in 1986 and has held various positions within the company, with experience ranging from the development and application of various electronic components to full systems. He served in positions in Kokomo, Indiana, El Paso, Texas and Brighton, Michigan before moving to Auburn Hills.

He was named to his current position in 2004.

Helton has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

David H. Lehnert David H. Lehnert

Dieter H. Lehnert is currently working for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, leading efforts at the recently opened branch office located in Detroit, Michigan. The primary role of the new office is to provide services to companies that are in the process of expanding their transatlantic trade and investment in Michigan and the region. German-born and raised in America, Dieter brings significant international experience with him, having worked within the global automotive industry for more than 35 years.

Dieter started his career at GM in 1973 as part of the cooperative education program at General Motors Institute (GMI). After graduating he remained with GM (1978-84) before continuing on with global Tier 1 suppliers specializing in electrical and electronic applications. During the last 30 years he has held senior technical and commercial management positions at Sheldahl, Thomas & Betts, Alcoa (AFL), and Draexlmaier. He has provided technical sales and marketing leadership and established and managed Detroit area technical design centers during this time. Before joining the Chamber he worked with STACI, a global provider of electronic manufacturing services, where his responsibilities included defining and implementing corporate business acquisition initiatives.

Dieter holds an MBA from John Carroll University in addition to his undergraduate degree from GMI (now Kettering University). He has been a member of SAE for many years. Dieter has been married for 32 years to his wife Karen. Together they raised 3 children, Kristin, Kimberly, and Jonathan Dieter (JD).

Jeremy Goddard Jeremy Goddard

Mr. Goddard has spent more than 30 years employed in a broad range of automotive engineering fields, and is currently developing business in North America for IDIADA Automotive Engineering. He has worked in the past for both OE manufacturer (Chrysler) and Tier I suppliers (Visteon, Ricardo, Porsche Engineering, IAV) with experience in a variety of product and engineering-services support. His engineering involvement has ranged from the kinematics of convertible-roof systems to the impact management of body structures, and from the dynamics of all-wheel-drive systems to the calibration of engine controls to manage torque in the hybrid powertrain. His early career in computerized diagnostics and test equipment has proven vital in grasping the elegance and sophistication of modern controls applications.

Living and working in France, Germany and the UK have brought Goddard direct experience of the different approaches and demands within the automotive industry around the world, and his business travel in South America and the Middle East have helped flesh out further an understanding of the cultural differences which influence both the product and the ways of working together effectively.

James Zizelman Jim Zizelman

James Zizelman is engineering director, gasoline powertrain, for Delphi Powertrain Systems. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the global engineering for the development and implementation of products for gasoline fuel systems, air control products, valvetrain, evaporative emissions products, fuel handling products, ignition, air meters, exhaust sensors, dynamic sensors, and powertrain management controls.

Zizelman began his career with the company in 1984 at General Motors' Rochester Products division as an engineer-in-training. He was promoted to project engineer in 1985 and to senior project engineer in 1987. During this period, Zizelman was instrumental in the development of new engine management systems with a specific focus on fuel systems. In 1991, he was promoted to development engineer and was named staff engineer in 1995.

In 1999, Zizelman was appointed chief engineer, advanced engine-management systems and fuel cells, for Delphi Energy & Chassis. While maintaining his position as chief engineer, he was named director of the propulsion and fuel cell tech center in 2002. Zizelman helped to execute the rollout of the Customer Solution Center in Rochester.

In 2003, Zizelman was appointed chief engineer, air- and fuel-control products and site director for Delphi's Technical Center in Rochester, N.Y. In this role, Zizelman led the organization to introduce fuel systems for flexible fuel applications and Gasoline Direct Injection. He assumed his current position in 2009.

Zizelman holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in mechanical engineering, both earned at Case Western Reserve University. Zizelman was certified in May 2005, as a Rolling Top 5 Executive by Shainin, LLC.

Zizelman is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and involved in the Western New York International Baccalaureate program. Zizelman was recognized with the Chairman's Special Recognition award in January 2004. He is also the recipient of nine patents in the areas of fuel systems and fuel cells and has written more than 24 publications delivered at professional society meetings and U.S. Government technical functions.

Kimberly A. Ziomek Kimberly A. Ziomek

Kimberly (Kim) A. Ziomek, is currently in Sales at Panasonic Automotive Systems of America in Farmington Hills, MI. Ms. Ziomek is a driven industry leader with global experience in automotive and affiliated industries that engages leadership skills for business growth. Ms. Ziomek has dual ladder experience and is recognized as a highly productive, dependable and efficient customer relationship facilitator. In 2000, she was awarded one of Automotive News - Top 100 Leading Women in Automotive Industry Award.

She has a proven ability to consistently satisfy customer expectations, exceed company goals and engage C-Suite for ROI. Over 20+ years of engagement in the automotive and affiliated industries have provided a host of significant C-suite contacts. These contacts and trusted advisors titles range from Engineering Manager to President & CEO at OEM's such as: Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia, General Motors and others. A wealth of contacts also exists at 30+ Automotive Tier One organizations, Automotive Dealerships, Hotel/Restaurant Chains, HealthCare, Retail, Client Services, Professional Industry Organizations (SEMA, Convergence, SAE, other), Executive Search Firms and Entrepreneurial ventures - again, at senior C-Suite levels.

Ms. Ziomek exhibits outstanding communication skills, involves others and acts as a catalyst for strategic partnerships. This enables her to have trusted advisor contacts outside of direct OEM/Tier One organizations, for example: Retail and Entrepreneurial establishments, dealership organizations and Not-for-Profit organizations.

Larry Brouwer Larry Brouwer

Larry Brouwer is Vice President, Product and Business Strategy, Federal-Mogul Powertrain Sealing. He is responsible for developing and implementing the product and business strategy for the long term growth of the Federal -Mogul Powertrain Sealing Business Unit. Prior to his current position, Larry was Vice President, Technology, Federal -Mogul Powertrain Sealing and Bearings responsible for leading a global team of scientists, engineers, and technicians responsible for research and development, and the design, development, testing, and launch of powertrain sealing and bearing components for transportation customers throughout the world.

Prior to joining Federal-Mogul in 2008, Brouwer served as Chief Engineer for In-Line Gasoline Engines, Chief Engineer for Lincoln Powertrain and Chief Engineer for advanced powertrains at Ford Motor Company. During his 35 year career at Ford Motor Company, Larry led teams of scientists and engineers responsible for designing, developing and launching gasoline and Diesel powertrain technologies and programs into production.

Brouwer earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Colorado State University in Mechanical Engineering. He belongs to the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Scott Craig Scott Craig

As Global Account Executive at Infineon, Scott is responsible for business development at Ford Motor Company worldwide. He leads the promotion of innovation and the collaboration between the two organizations.

Mr. Craig started his career at AC Rochester and has worked for Kelsey Hayes (now TRW), FCI, and JAE prior to joining Infineon in 2003.

Over the course of his 23-year career, Scott has developed a passion and expertise for business development. Through the building of strong industry relationships, innovative ideas, and global vision, he is a contributor to the automotive market at large.

Scott has been an active member of SAE since 1992. He is currently part of the Industry Leadership Coalition for SAE, a member of the Technical Council for Convergence. In addition, he serves as an organizer for the SAE Smart Grid session of World Congress, SAE Convergence Megatrends, and the SAE Advanced Safety Symposium. He is also involved in the fostering of the sciences and technology through his mentorship in FIRST for the Northville High school Robostangs - Team 548.

Scott holds a Bachelor degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College and BSEE from Wayne State University.

Scott Hotz Scott Hotz

Since joining SwRI in 2000, Mr. Hotz has provided control and data acquisition system engineering support for dozens of engine and vehicle research and development programs including homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI), Diesel, spark ignition, free-piston and rotary engines, as well as chassis control systems for hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Mr. Hotz founded SwRI's Ann Arbor Technical Center in 2005 and has steadily expanded the staff, assembling a complementary team of highly capable electronic control system developers and application engineers focused on providing tremendous responsiveness and the highest quality of customer service.

Mr. Hotz is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He received his engineering degree from the University of Toledo (BSEE 1999) and is a graduate of The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business (MBA 2012).

Steve Fischer Steve Fischer

Steve Fischer is Director of Technology for Performance Materials at BASF responsible for new product and application development activities including computer aided engineering focused on automotive, construction, electronics, furniture, adhesives, elastomeric, and appliance sectors. The product groups include polyurethane systems, engineering plastics, thermoplastic polyurethanes, microcellular foam, and epoxy systems. Steve has extensive experience in polymers and additives for a variety of industries. He holds 43 U.S. patents and over 30 technical publications and presentations. Steve holds degrees in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering & Polymer Chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and New Jersey Institute of Technology, including a certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT.

Tom VanderLaan Tom VanderLaan

Tom is responsible for the North American powertrain business across automotive, commercial, off road and high horsepower customer segments. He has 29 years of experience in the automotive supply base in sales, business development, program management and engineering. Prior to joining AVL International, he held positions at Remy International, Visteon, and Delphi.

Tom holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Michigan State Executive MBA Program.

Tom serves on the Board of Directors for TG Manufacturing, the Board of Governors for the OESA Sales Council, and serves as the President of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit. Tom is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Brian Popsy Brian Popsy

Brian Pospy has over 20 years experience in business development and program management positions in the automotive electrical and electronics industry. He is currently employed with 3M, and is responsible for developing new applications for lighting solutions, display enhancement films, and electronic materials. Mr. Pospy holds a bachelors and masters degree in engineering disciplines from Lawrence Technological University. Brian has volunteered bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs into classrooms since 2007.

Kimberly A. Ziomek Kimberly A. Ziomek

Kimberly (Kim) A. Ziomek, is currently in Sales at Panasonic Automotive Systems of America in Farmington Hills, MI. Ms. Ziomek is a driven industry leader with global experience in automotive and affiliated industries that engages leadership skills for business growth. Ms. Ziomek has dual ladder experience and is recognized as a highly productive, dependable and efficient customer relationship facilitator. In 2000, she was awarded one of Automotive News - Top 100 Leading Women in Automotive Industry Award.

She has a proven ability to consistently satisfy customer expectations, exceed company goals and engage C-Suite for ROI. Over 20+ years of engagement in the automotive and affiliated industries have provided a host of significant C-suite contacts. These contacts and trusted advisors titles range from Engineering Manager to President & CEO at OEM's such as: Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia, General Motors and others. A wealth of contacts also exists at 30+ Automotive Tier One organizations, Automotive Dealerships, Hotel/Restaurant Chains, HealthCare, Retail, Client Services, Professional Industry Organizations (SEMA, Convergence, SAE, other), Executive Search Firms and Entrepreneurial ventures - again, at senior C-Suite levels.

Ms. Ziomek exhibits outstanding communication skills, involves others and acts as a catalyst for strategic partnerships. This enables her to have trusted advisor contacts outside of direct OEM/Tier One organizations, for example: Retail and Entrepreneurial establishments, dealership organizations and Not-for-Profit organizations.

Lothar Reger Lothar Reger

Lothar Reger held the position of Director Global Innovation - Research & Development at DELPHI Connection Systems (DCS) and is based in Nürnberg, Germany.

He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Lübeck and graduated in 1977.

Lothar spent his career in various companies and positions in the connector industries. His experiences started with aeronautic & space connectors and then industrial & consumer products and since 1994 he is working within the automotive industries.

In his actual position Lothar is in charge of all research activities and advanced projects within the DELPHI connector division with teams in Europe, America and Asia. In addition he manages and develops the Indian Engineering Center for global support of all engineering teams.

During the integration of the former FCI MVL division into DELPHI since November 2012, Lothar coordinated the successful merge of the engineering teams together with his new colleagues.

Mark Zima Mark Zima

Mark Zima is an Engineering Manager at Delphi Thermal in Lockport, NY. He is responsible for the design, development, and validation of advanced thermal technologies for mobile air conditioning and powertrain related systems. The primary mission of this work over the last 7 years was to improve the air conditioning system energy efficiency in light duty vehicles.

Mark is a co-inventor for 10 patents and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo where he was a University Teaching and Research Fellow. He has 26 years of industry experience including 12 years in Program/Engineering Management. A member of SAE for 18 years, he also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Rick Rajaie Rick Rajaie

Rick Rajaie, currently director of engineering at LG Chem in Troy, Michigan, is responsible for engineering, testing and prototype manufacturing of advanced automotive battery packs. Rick is a Mechanical Engineer with Master's degree in Automotive Engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Province of Ontario, and an SAE committee member for many years. He's been working on different assignments for automotive OEMs and Tier1 suppliers since summer of 1990. Aside from automotive engineering, Rick's passion is mentoring our future leaders!

Scott Craig Scott Craig

As Global Account Executive at Infineon, Scott is responsible for business development at Ford Motor Company worldwide. He leads the promotion of innovation and the collaboration between the two organizations.

Mr. Craig started his career at AC Rochester and has worked for Kelsey Hayes (now TRW), FCI, and JAE prior to joining Infineon in 2003.

Over the course of his 23-year career, Scott has developed a passion and expertise for business development. Through the building of strong industry relationships, innovative ideas, and global vision, he is a contributor to the automotive market at large.

Scott has been an active member of SAE since 1992. He is currently part of the Industry Leadership Coalition for SAE, a member of the Technical Council for Convergence. In addition, he serves as an organizer for the SAE Smart Grid session of World Congress, SAE Convergence Megatrends, and the SAE Advanced Safety Symposium. He is also involved in the fostering of the sciences and technology through his mentorship in FIRST for the Northville High school Robostangs - Team 548.

Scott holds a Bachelor degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College and BSEE from Wayne State University.

Steve Zimmer Steve Zimmer

Steve Zimmer is executive director of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), the collaborative automotive technology company of Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.

Mr. Zimmer joined USCAR in July 2010 with 35 years of automotive experience, including 24 years at Chrysler and 10 years at Ford Motor Company. He also was executive director of USAutoPARTS, following his retirement from Chrysler LLC in 2007.

While at Chrysler, Mr. Zimmer served as its director for the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, a collaboration among the members of USCAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, five energy companies and two utilities. He began his involvement with USCAR in 1997 as Chrysler's director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) and continued as that program transitioned to the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. He also was Chrysler's representative on the USCAR Leadership Group from 2004 through 2007.

Today, as executive director of USCAR, Mr. Zimmer oversees the organization's multi-million dollar collaborative research portfolio, which includes R&D, benchmarking, data exchange and standards development with government agencies, national labs, suppliers, standards organizations and universities, as well as USCAR's strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy in U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability).

Mr. Zimmer began his automotive career at Ford and held various positions in its procurement and supply organization from 1973 through 1983. In 1983, he joined Chrysler's procurement and supply organization and served in several director level positions until 1997, when he moved to Chrysler's product development organization serving as director of Advanced Technology Portfolio Management and Government Collaborative programs until his retirement in 2007. While at Chrysler, Mr. Zimmer also served as chair and board member on the Automotive Industry Action Group, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council and as co-chair of the 2008 SAE World Congress.

Mr. Zimmer has bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Executive Business Program.

Steve Polakowski Steve Polakowski

As president of ESG Automotive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik, Steve is responsible for North American operations of the Munich-based engineering services provider.

ESG is a specialist in embedded systems development including electronic hardware and software architecture, electrical systems integration, testing, and diagnostics.

Prior to joining ESG, Steve worked at various divisions of Magna International with responsibility for advanced interiors, electrical system engineering, and product design. He has led global teams with responsibility for system optimization and integrated electronics from advanced concept through production launch.

Steve's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.