SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition

April 8-10, 2014

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Cobo Center

Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council

The members of this Council will recommend, develop, organize, facilitate, and benchmark activities that will increase YP engagement within the event. These activities will engage, develop, and connect Young Professionals to their peers within the YP network, as well as with mid-level managers and executives. We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to sharing updated information.

Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council Members

Hussain Boxwala, McGill University

Dr. Zeynep Bruce, Cummins

Sarah DeMars, Chrysler

Sakshi Dhankar, Delphi

Antonio Edgar, Daimler Trucks NA
Erik Ellifson, Oshkosh Corp

Randy Floresca, GM

Sarah Guza, Delphi

George Gvakharia, Daimler Trucks NA

Jameson Humphrey, HATCI
Jeremy Kearney (Chair), GM

Whitney Liftig, IAV

Ben Moeller, Chrysler

David Sherman, Bosch

Cammi Siu, GM

Kim Ziomek, Panasonic

Hussain Boxwala Hussain Boxwala, McGill University
Hussain joined SAE after volunteering at the 2013 Aerotech Congress in Montreal. He was born in Mumbai and moved to Missisauga, ON in 1997. After moving to Vermont In 2008, Hussain completed high school in the state and is currently a Mechanical Engineering student at McGIll Univeristy. Hussain enjoys skiing, kayaking, working on cars, programming, and driving (yes, driving). He is interested in the aerospace and automotive sectors, and looks forward to working with SAE in future years to further integrate into the industry and engage young professionals in doing the same. In the future, Hussain hopes to maintain a strong relationship with SAE and advance his career in aerospace, while also volunteering time to events planning and youth engagement programs.

Dr. Zeynep Bruce Dr. Zeynep Bruce, Cummins
Dr. Zeynep Bruce joined Cummins in 2008 as a Cooling System Technical Specialist. She was promoted to a Technical Leader role early 2009. In 2011, she became the MidRange Machine Integration Tools Manager and in 2012, her role expanded to support global markets, as a Global Integration Tools Manager. Since mid 2013, she has been working as a Master Black Belt in Cummins Emission Solutions Quality Organization. Prior to joining Cummins, she worked four years as a Product Development Engineer for the Ford Motor Company in Turkey, where she was involved in the development of a global 5-cylinder engine project. Dr. Bruce earned her bachelor's in civil engineering in 1998 and a master's in civil engineering in 2000 from Bosphorus University in Turkey. She received her doctorate in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 2004. Dr. Bruce received the SAE/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award at the SAE 2012 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, held in Rosemont, Ill.

Sarah DeMars Sarah DeMars, Chrysler
Sarah DeMars is the AeroThermal Systems Integration Responsible engineer for current and future minivan programs at Chrysler Group LLC. Sarah joined the Company in 2010 as an Aerodynamicist. Shortly after, she was selected to join the Chrysler Institute of Engineering (CIE) program. She gained competency in various disciplines through rotations in Aerodynamics, Body Engineering, Powertrain Calibration, Manufacturing, Vehicle Integration, and Marketing, before she chose to develop her expertise in AeroThermal. Sarah is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Chrysler Young Professionals, and Chrysler Women's Forum. She is also actively involved in Chrysler On-Campus Recruiting at the University of Michigan and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) K-12 outreach.

Prior to joining Chrysler, Sarah completed internships at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) working in Safety at Kennedy Space Center (2009) and General Motors Powertrain Purchasing (2007, 2008).

Sarah earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (2012). Her credentials also include Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan (2009).

Sakshi Dhankar Sakshi Dhankar, Delphi
Sakshi graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an MBA in International Business in May, 2013. Her undergraduate background is in Chemical Engineering from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, India. She started my career with Accenture as an IT Analyst and joined Delphi this past summer with a keen interest in driving recruiting strategies for a global firm. Sakshi likes to spend free time listening to music, exploring hiking trails and reading business journals.

Erik Ellifson Erik Ellifson, Oshkosh Corp
Erik Ellifson has been working Oshkosh Corporation for over ten years and currently holds a Senior Project Engineer position in Global Technology - Mobility Systems (GTMS) group. As part of the GTMS group, Erik has worked on most of the Oshkosh product portfolio, focusing on tactical wheeled vehicles and commercial firefighting chassis.

Over the past nine years, Erik has specialized in suspension design, has one granted patent and seven patents pending. His specialization includes suspension spring and damper technologies, ranging from steel coils to hydropneumatic , semi-active and active devices, for the off-highway wheeled vehicle market. As Sr. Project Engineer, Erik has led design across a range of axle/suspension components including sub-frame structures, control arms, half shafts, hydraulic actuators, pumps, springs, and dampers.

Erik's specialization has led him to become involved with the suspension tuning and light-weighting of the Oshkosh Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle (MRAP-ATV, M-ATV). Additionally, he designs key components for suspension and provides technical support as a member of the Oshkosh Extreme Racing Team for the Baja 1000 race.

Erik earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While attending, he was a contributing member of the UW-Madison SAE Baja team that within four years placed eight times in the top five. He has completed coursework towards Certificate in Automotive Systems from Kettering University. Also, he serves as a company representative for Oshkosh Corporation for the Milwaukee Section of SAE and is involved with the SAE-Baja Midwest competition for planning, setup, and vehicle judging. Erik was nominated and awarded the SAE International "2011 Outstanding Young Engineer" award in off highway and powerplant activities.

Randy Floresca Randy Floresca, GM
Randy Floresca is currently an Interior Issue Resolution Team Co-Chair for GM. He helps root cause and solve issues with a team of design, manufacturing, and quality engineers. His previous assignment within GM was in the Advanced Battery Systems Laboratory where he tested and validated the performance of the latest battery technologies for EREV, PHEV, and HEV applications.

Randy's opportunity to join GM came by way of developing and leading San Jose State University's SAE International's Student Chapter Section and Collegiate Design Series projects. He graduated from SJSU in 2010 with his B.S. in mechanical engineering and served as the SAE International student chapter president from 2008-2010. While there, he established an award winning Rookie FSAE Team, a SAE Chapter recognized as the Student Organization of the year and Most Professional Student Organization of the Year. He was also the recipient of 2010 SAE International Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award. Randy has held numerous roles within SAE. He currently serves as the SAE Detroit Section Younger Members Vice Chair, SAE International Section Officer Leadership Team Lead, and Formula SAE and Hybrid Committee Member. Randy is also attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor pursuing his Master's degree in Global Automotive Manufacturing Engineering.

Sarah Guza Sarah Guza, Delphi
Sarah works as a global materials engineer at Delphi Electrical/Electronic Architecture. In this role, she works with metal materials to develop appropriate design applications, maintains a quality supply of material for products, and supports the organization's material-related requirements. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University in 2011, where Sarah was active in the Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Sigma Rho, and several other student and professional organizations. When Sarah is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jeremy	Kearney Jeremy Kearney (Chair), GM
Jeremy Kearney is the global interior Issue Resolution Team (IRT) Co-Chair at General Motors. He serves in China and the US as the liaison between engineering and manufacturing and ensures all interior engineering product and process issues are resolved. Jeremy joined General Motors in 2007 and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. This includes Engineering Process Lead, Engineering Specifications Analyst, Validation Engineer and Design Release Engineer.

Jeremy is passionate about increasing the engagement, development and visibility of young professionals in the automotive industry. He does this by supporting SAE International as Chair of the Young Professional Strategic Leadership Council and being a member of the Convergence Strategic Leadership Council.

Jeremy has been featured in publications such as the Automotive Engineering International magazine, General Motor's Sustainability report and DRIVEN: A Tribute to African American Achievement in the Automotive Industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems and Master's degree in Computational Science and Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He has also earned his MBA from Michigan State University.

Whitney Liftig Whitney Liftig, IAV Whitney Liftig is the marketing specialist at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. She is responsible for implementing all IAV marketing initiatives, including customizing marketing efforts for business unit directors and business development teams, promoting brand awareness, managing all communications efforts and developing and executing events. Liftig serves as IAV's liaison to the consumers and community, helping to raise awareness of the company.

Prior to joining IAV in 2012, she was an event sales and marketing manager at Fadó Pubs, Inc., where she executed large-scale events, created a presence on social media sites, established key business accounts and developed business proposals. As a concierge relations manager and marketing coordinator at China Grill Management, Inc., Liftig renewed brand loyalty with concierge partners, established and maintained strong relationships with concierge professionals and launched a social media campaign. She started her career at JHA Marketing, Inc., marketing automotive initiatives, developing relationships with key press, creating sales leads and organizing and coordinating press conferences.

Liftig is a member of SAE International and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Stetson University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Golf Coast University.

Ben Moeller Ben Moeller, Chrysler
Ben was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH knowing from a young age that the engineering world would be a part of his future. Because of this, he chose to go to Purdue University and pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree. While at Purdue, Ben joined the Co-op program where he was able to go to work at Toyota in Ann Arbor for 3 separate terms.

Graduating in 2010, Ben landed a job at Chrysler in their two year rotational program, the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, which was coupled with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University (2012). The CIE program allowed Ben to get experience in several different areas of the company, giving him a great understanding of how the company operates. Rotations consisted of marketing, calibration, functional integration, vehicle integration and manufacturing.

This experience allowed Ben to pursue his passion in calibration in the Torque Control group. This position allowed him the opportunity to learn calibration and software development. "We are in a unique position where we are able to calibrate, while contribute to new features and software improvements simultaneously. It truly gives the calibrator a creative aspect that is not present in most other positions. I was lucky enough to get the SRT programs and haven't looked back since. The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT was the first vehicle I was a major part of that launched, and am currently working on the 2015 SRT programs which will be launching this coming year".

During Ben's time at Chrysler, he has also been named President of our Young Professionals Group at Chrysler, and Lead for On-Campus Recruiting at Purdue University for Chrysler. In these roles, Ben has been able to improve my leadership and networking skills.

David Sherman David Sherman, Bosch
As a millennial, David Sherman innovates with Fiat, General Motors, Ford, and Mercedes Benz Research and Development. With entrepreneur's spirit, he has worked with ten engineering groups, five oems, consulted, and worked as recruiter. Currently a "Factory Tuner," Sherman calibrates exciting Fiat products in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Detroit. His passion lies in: Greener Tailpipe Emissions and Sport-Tuned Transmissions. Sherman has been featured in USA Today, the Sacramento Bee, and CNBC as well as recognized as an Emerging Leader by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Beyond engineering, David mentors and inspires young leaders through the German American Chamber of Commerce.

Sherman studied in Europe at Università degli Studi di Padova through the International Studies Program in Management. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Cammi Siu Cammi Siu, GM
Cammi Siu is an advanced propulsion battery engineer at General Motors. Cammi is currently responsible for the design and release of high voltage battery module components for the Chevrolet Volt. Her career began in displays validation which included the Chevrolet Volt reconfigurable instrument panel cluster, a first for GM. She has also worked as a validation and test engineer for high voltage battery packs, developing GM's low voltage electrical validation test plan. Cammi has been a lead in the GM JumpStart employee resource group for engaging, developing, and connecting new hire employees as well as the 2012 SAE Convergence Future Leader Program Team. Cammi recently obtained her master's degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, previously earning her bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Kim Ziomek Kim Ziomek, Panasonic
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.

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.