SAE 2012 World Congress

Chats with the Experts

Chats with the Experts were designed to encourage small groups to explore subjects of interest to them, pose questions, and share ideas and practical solutions in an informal setting. The subject matter experts will provide brief opening statements on the topic to kick things off and will facilitate an interactive dialogue. Chats with the Experts will feature additional technology topics such as safety, powertrain controls, and hybrid and electric vehicles.


Performance of Thermoplastic Composites, Bridging the Gap Between Virtual Predictions and Actual Measurements, Effect of the Fiber Orientations
Rani Richardson Marios Lambi,BASF Corp
(April 24; 4:00 PM)

CAE predictive tools for fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials exhibit significant differences upon comparison of standard techniques, utilizing available mechanical data generated from ASTM or ISO type tensile bars assuming isotropic behavior, versus anisotropic material data resulting from the reinforcing fiber orientations.

The designer/analyst responsible for predicting the response of a part utilizing a plastic material faces the difficulty of accurately assessing the part performance and then quickly adjust the design to maximize performance. Analysis predictions are depended on the orientation of fibers whenever a reinforced material is utilized. The dependency of performance to processing parameters and thus fiber orientation effects is highly depended on inherent part properties such as geometry and thickness.

This "Chat With the Expert" session will explore the discrepancies and gaps that exist between predictive CAE methodologies and actual performance in a collaborative interactive discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives and opinions. The discussion will be framed by the author's own viewpoint

  • Why gaps exist between CAE and testing? Virtual reality predictions versus real life surprises? Thin line between success and failure.
  • Does it really make a difference which technique I use?
  • How can I get there? What kind of information do I need?
  • CAE to test correlation examples

Concept Vehicle Proof Statement - Bamboo Car
Bernhard Pfeiffer Bernhard Pfeiffer, Ticona R&D
(April 25; 4:00 PM)


Ticona, the Celanese Corporation manufacturer of high-performance plastics, is supplying important materials for a Rinspeed concept car for the second time in succession. Ticona markets a broad range of specialized plastics and has supported innovation processes and advances in the automobile industry for many years. Ticona produced components made from Celstran tapes for the underbody, tailgate and for parts of the interior of the BamBoo. There are also applications made from Hostaform MetaLX for the roll bar and the 3-spoke steering wheel in the car. Celstran Tapes excel due to their low weight, high degree of stiffness and toughness as well as environmentally friendly processing and excellent recyclability. Ticona collaborated with Oxeon from Sweden as well as Kringlan Composites from Switzerland in manufacturing the components.

Apart from Celstran tapes, highly specialized Hostaform grades were also used: Ticona's new product Hostaform MetaLX (XT) was used in the roll bar of the lifestyle vehicle. This material sets new standards in impact resistance and weldline strength compared with other impact modified POM materials. Hostaform MetaLX also provides lightness with metallic look in the stylish 3-spoke steering wheel.

The roller interior covers concealing the glovebox are a further visual highlight; made from Hostaform polymer and glass fibers they feature drawings by the pop artist James Rizzi, giving the new concept car a fresh, lifestyle look.


Bernhard Pfeiffer joined Ticona Research and Development in Germany in 1990 to develop long fiber reinforced thermoplastics Celstran for Automotive industry. Subsequently, he worked in Sales, Application Development and Marketing and he took over the group lead for automotive marketing in 2002. 2005 - 2008 he was the leader of the Testing and Process Laboratories in Ticona Kelsterbach. Today he is the global automotive manager for Ticona located in Germany.

Bernhard has Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Dusseldorf University as well as undergraduate degree in Marketing from Management Institut St. Gallen

Tire Model Validation and Application - A User Perspective
Xiaobo Yang Xiaobo Yang, Oshkosh Corp.
(April 25; 4:00 PM)


Tire model research and development activities have been performed by researchers and engineers world wide for decades, simply for tires' significant impacts on vehicle development. Till now, the discussions about tire model validation and prediction are still very active. From user perspective, this presentation will highlight the following topics about tire model used for vehicle dynamics related simulations:

  • Challenges;
  • Applications;
  • Testing for parameterization;
  • Accuracy requirements and their impact on vehicle model simulation;
  • Validation procedure development.


Dr. Xiaobo Yang is currently a chief principal engineer at the department of advanced products in Oshkosh Corporation, responsible for vehicle modeling and simulation activities. Before joining Oshkosh Corporation, Dr. Yang worked for Chrysler, General Motors, Concordia University and Jilin University as an engineer and professor, respectively. With more than twenty years of experiences in the automotive industry and university research related to vehicle dynamics, chassis system development, suspension system analysis, and durability road loads simulation, Dr. Yang has published more than forty technical papers, one book chapter and given numerous technical presentations or keynote speeches at international conferences and colloquiums. Dr. Yang currently serves as the associate editors of International Journal of Vehicle Performance and SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, and guest editor for International Journal of Vehicle Design, respectively. In addition, Dr. Yang is currently serving on the SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee, the SAE Materials Modeling and Testing Committee and SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress-Chassis and Suspension Committee. Dr. Yang was the chair of the SAE Tire Tests for Road-Load Tire Model Parameters Task Force tasked to develop the SAE tire model validation standard. Dr. Yang has been co-organizing the SAE World Congress Loads Simulation and Analysis in Automotive Engineering Program since 2005. Dr. Yang received his Bachelor degree from Sichuan Institute of Technology, Master degree from Jilin University of Technology, and Doctorate degrees from Concordia University, respectively.

Challenges in Sheet Metal Forming Technologies and Simulation Methods
Z. Cedric Xia Z. Cedric Xia, Ford Motor Company
(April 25, 4:00 PM)
New Generation of Cathode and Electrolyte Materials
Phillip Hanefeld Phillip Hanefeld, BASF Corp.
(April 26; 1:00 PM)


Two factors that could enable even better market adoption of battery-powered vehicles going forward are the longer driving range associated with higher energy density batteries and improved lifetime of the batteries in automotive applications. New generations of cathode and electrolyte materials are key to the performance and safety of batteries, provide much higher energy density and longer battery lifetime than materials used today. This enables increased driving distances and better customer satisfaction for full electric, plug-in, or hybrid vehicles. In addition, BASF is working on solutions for battery packs such as weight reduction, crash protection and thermal management solutions. For example, saving weight in the battery pack through the replacement of metal with engineering plastics can also improve range."


Education and Jobs

  • Senior Manager "global Marketing and Strategy", Battery unit, Catalyst division, BASF in New Jersey
  • Team Leader 'Advanced Batteries cross-business team' for BASF in North America
  • Past positions
    • Senior Manager for scouting and project management for "energy management' at BASF Future Business, Germany (subsidiary of BASF)
    • Staff to President of global polymer research BASF, Germany
    • Lab manager and scientist at global polymer research, BASF in Germany
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, specialized on polymer chemistry, from Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
  • Diploma in chemistry, same university
  • Executive MBA from Mannheim Business School, Germany and ESSEC Paris, France (dual degree)
  • Studied and lived in Melbourne, Australia (2000)


  • Inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 international patents
  • Author or co-author of 12 peer reviewed publications in international journals

Integrated Design & Manufacturing

What Does Government Want from Industry? What are the Implications for Engineering?
Michael Kirschner
Michael Kirschner, Design Chain Associates, LLC
(April 25; 4:00 PM)
Computer Model Validation and Verification (V&V) in Design
Ramesh Rebba
Ren-Jye Yang
Zissimos Mourelatos
(April 24; 4:00 PM)

Ramesh Rebba, GM
Ramesh Rebba is a Project Engineer at General Motors, Warren MI in Product Development Division. His primary interests include uncertainty quantification, model verification and validation (V&V), robust design and reliability methods. In his latest assignment, he applies V&V techniques in the areas of battery multi-physics modeling and upper interior occupant safety. He has published over 30 journal and conference papers, and also actively participates in professional societies such as NAFEMS, ASME Committee on V&V, Society of Experimental Mechanics and Society of Automotive Engineers. He received Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from IIT, Madras, India; MS and Ph.D from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Ren-Jye Yang, Ford
Dr. Ren-Jye Yang received his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the National Taiwan University at Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1984. He is currently a Senior Technical Leader in the Passive Safety Department at Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, responsible for the development of MDO and Safety Optimization and Robustness Methods. Before he joined Ford in 1988, Dr. Yang was a Staff Research Engineer in the Engineering Mechanics Department at GM Research Laboratories. His research areas of interest include: MDO, CAE, Model Verification and Validation, Numerical Optimization, Probabilistic and Statistic Methods, etc. Dr. Yang has received numerous awards, including three Henry Ford Technology Awards, which is the highest technical award at Ford. Dr. Yang has published more than 50 referred Journal papers. He is a Senior Advisor and associate editor of the Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization Journal and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, and International Journal of Vehicle Structures & Systems. He is an ASME and SAE fellow and had been a committee member of the ASME V&V 10. In 2004, Dr. Yang was elected as an Industry Advisor for the ASME Design Automation Executive Committee. He is the recipient of 2005 ASME Design Automation Award, 2010 SAE Forest R. McFarland Award, and 2011 SAE Forest R. McFarland Award. Dr. Yang has also served on the University/Industry Advisory Board for a number of Universities, e.g., UM ARC and Oakland U ME External Advisory Board. He is currently a guest professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Zissimos Mourelatos, Oakland Univ.
Zissimos P. Mourelatos is a Professor and the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, USA. Before joining Oakland University, he spent 18 years at the General Motors Research and Development Center. He conducts research in the areas of design under uncertainty, structural reliability methods, reliability analysis with insufficient data, Reliability-Based Design Optimization (RBDO), vibrations and dynamics, and NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). Dr. Mourelatos has published over 120 journal and conference publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and a SAE Fellow.

Flying Car
Branko Sarh Branko Sarh, Boeing
(April 24; 4:00 PM)


Dr. Branko Sarh is a Senior Technical Fellow specializing in the development of advanced structures, assembly systems and processes at Boeing Research & Technology in Seal Beach, California. He received his Masters in Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering from the University of Aachen, Germany, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hamburg. His 42 years of technical and international manufacturing experience includes a broad scope of research, engineering, and project management assignments for leading Aerospace companies including MBB, Airbus, Rohr, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.

Accurately Predicting Quality, Reliability, and Durability
Lev Klyatis Lev Klyatis, Sohar Inc.
(April 25; 4:00 PM)


Dr. Lev Klyatis is Senior Consultant, SoHaR, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arts & Sciences in New York. His scientific/technical expertise is in reliability, durability, maintainability. He created new approaches for accelerated solution of reliability/ durability/ maintainability problems, through innovation in the fields of accurate physical simulation, accelerated reliability/durability testing, and accurate prediction of quality/reliability/durability/maintainability. He developed methodology of complaints and recalls reducing. He has three doctors degrees: Ph.D. in Engineering Technology, a high level of East European Doctor's degree (Sc.D.) in Engineering Technology, and q high level of West European doctor's degree in Engineering (Habilitated Dr.-Ing.).

Normalization of Deviance - Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Aerospace and Automobiles
Joe Nieberding Joe Nieberding, Aerospace Engineering Assoc.
(April 25; 4:00 PM)


Normalization of Deviance. What is this phenomenon? Why was it so catastrophic for NASA, resulting in two, and almost three, human mission losses? What went wrong? Could it happen again? How can we avoid repeating it? No one knows like the people who have actually experienced flight failures, and have the scars to prove it. History has shown that the majority of aerospace mishaps can be traced to easily recognized, preventable root causes resulting from human error and a lack of quality somewhere in the system. Examining and understanding the root causes of aerospace mission failures is critical to helping today's designers of any complex systems identify system specific lessons. Among the root causes of failure, one of the most insidious is the "Normalization of Deviance', where failed design expectations are consciously allowed to persist, or even get progressively worse, over time. With each recurrence, the deviations are rationalized and justified, until eventually a catastrophe results. The loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia is presented as an example, but many other space mission failures are discussed. With hindsight, we ask "how could we have possibly let this happen?" Sometimes, even in the face of dire warnings after earlier failures. Understanding this fundamental, human phenomenon is critical to its elimination from any future high tech systems, from aerospace to automobiles.


After earning a B.S in physics in 1966 and an M.S. in Engineering Science in 1972, Mr. Nieberding has acquired over forty five years of management and technical experience in the aerospace industry. In his early career, he was a launch team member on over sixty five NASA Atlas/Centaur and Titan/Centaur launches at Kennedy Space Center. He is a widely recognized expert in launch vehicles and advanced transportation architecture planning for space missions. Later, he led and participated in many independent program review teams for NASA Headquarters. Before retiring from NASA Glenn Research Center in 2000, under his direction the Advanced Space Analysis Office led all exploration advanced concept studies for Glenn, including transportation, propulsion, power, and communications systems for many advanced NASA mission applications. In addition, Mr. Nieberding is co-founder and President of Aerospace Engineering Associates, and co-author and presenter of a highly acclaimed class titled "Mission Success First: Lessons Learned". Mr. Nieberding is the father of four children and a husband of forty five years.

Structural Reliability under Random Time-Varying Excitations
Efstratios Nikolaidis
Zissimos Mourelatos
Efstratios Nikolaidis, Univ. of Toledo


Efstratios Nikolaidis is a Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. His research is on reliability analysis and optimization of aerospace, automotive and ocean structures, and on structural dynamics. He has published three books, three book chapters, and over 100 journal and conference papers, mostly on probabilistic methods, possibility, evidence theory and imprecise probability. Since the middle 1990's, he has focused on decision under uncertainty with limited information.

Zissimos Mourelatos, Oakland Univ.


Zissimos P. Mourelatos is a Professor and the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, USA. Before joining Oakland University, he spent 18 years at the General Motors Research and Development Center. He conducts research in the areas of design under uncertainty, structural reliability methods, reliability analysis with insufficient data, Reliability-Based Design Optimization (RBDO), vibrations and dynamics, and NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). Dr. Mourelatos has published over 120 journal and conference publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and a SAE Fellow.

(April 25; 4:00 PM)
Challenges and Opportunities facing Driver Visibility
Rajiv Mehta
Michael Flannagan
John Manoogian
(April 25; 4:00 PM)
Rajiv Mehta, General Motors Company
Recent styling trends (sleeker profiles, smaller windows) together with Safety and Aero requirements are all challenging an important vehicle attribute - Visibility. Join our panel of Industry experts to hear what customers are telling us about the vehicles they are driving. Learn how we can quantify Visibility, a largely experiential attribute. Understand the role technology can play to enhance visibility, and how OEM's are balancing seemingly conflicting requirements to offer an attractive, cost effective and functional product.

Michael Flannagan, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
John Manoogian, College for Create Studies


Automotive Recycling - A Success Story of Sustainability
Richard Paul (April 24; 4:00 PM)
Richard Paul,LKQ Best Automotive Corp
Automobiles are the most highly recycled products in the world. In the U.S., vehicle recycling is a well established, market driven system with multiple industries participating in a successful, profitable infrastructure. Internationally, many countries and regions around the world are developing regulations to address the recycling of cars at end of life. Discussion points will include facts and figures about car recycling, reuse and remanufacturing of automotive parts, design for environment considerations, international regulation and policies, and other issues of interest.

Richard Paul is the Manager, Environmental and Sustainability Projects at LKQ Corporation. Prior to joining LKQ in 2008, Richard was an environmental consultant to automotive manufacturers, recycling companies, trade associations and others. From 1983 to 1998 he worked in environmental management for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.

At LKQ Richard's efforts focus on corporate environmental management activities, sustainability, new recycling technologies, increasing recycling and decreasing landfill from LKQ operations.

Richard has a bachelors degree in Biology from Oakland University and a Masters degree in industrial toxicology from Wayne State University.

LKQ Corporation is the nation's largest provider of alternative to original equipment manufacturers collision products and a large provider of mechanical replacement parts used by collision and mechanical automobile repair businesses.

Thermal Systems Modeling and Simulation
Richard Sun (April 24; 4:00 PM)
Richard Sun, Chrysler

Dr. Richard Sun is the Senior Manager of the Aero/Thermal Development Lab and Center of Competence at the Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In his current position, he is responsible for the establishment of vehicle development and evaluation (including digital simulation and experiment testing) best practices as related to the Aero/Thermal systems. He has over twenty five years experience in developing and implementing the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation processes for automotive industry with special emphasis in vehicle aerodynamics, underhood/body thermal management systems and powertrain systems.

Richard received his PhD degree in Fluid Mechanics from the Imperial College of Science and Technology at London, England in 1982. He also held a master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and Batchelor Degree of Mechanical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Richard has also completed the executive education programs at Harvard Business School and DaimlerChrysler Corporate University.

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations
Rita Schenck (April 24; 4:00 PM)
Rita Schenck, Inst. For Environmental Research & Education
Dr. Schenck is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Environmental Research and Education, a not for profit that develops and disseminates fact-based research for the use in the development of responsible environmental policy, programs and decisions. Most of what IERE does is related to Life Cycle Assessment. The American Center for Life Cycle assessment is the flagship program of IERE: It is the professional society for LCE in the United States. Dr. Schenck, an environmental scientist, represented the US in negotiating the ISO standards on LCA. Over the last three years she has been primarily working on building capacity for LCA and Environmental Product Declarations in the Americas. She sits on the scientific committee for the LCA of Foods Conference, on the sustainability round table for the General Services Administration, and on the PCR Roundtable (a group working on harmonizing PCRs internationally).

Current and Future Vehicle Emissions Challenges
Timothy Johnson Timothy Johnson, Corning
Cecile Favre, AECC, Future European Regulatory Considerations and European Vehicle
Take KamimotoTokyo Inst. of Technology, Japanese LD and HD Technology and Regulatory Trends
Joseph Kubsh, MECA, Gasoline Emissions Control and US LD and HD Technology Directions
Joseph McDonald, US EPA, Future LD Regulatory Considerations and Opportunities for CO2 Reductions
Charles Roberts, SwRI, Future HD and LD ICE Technology Directions Andy Walker
Johnson Matthey, Diesel Emissions Control and HD Technology Directions
(April 24; 4:00 PM)


The Promise and Challenge of LTE In-Vehicle Services Panel
Phil Magney
Evan Jones, Sierra Wireless
Eric Berkobin, Hughes Telematics
Richard Kreifeldt, Harman Intl Industries
Phil Magney, IHS Automotive
(April 24; 5:00 PM)

Connectivity in cars is rapidly becoming necessary for meeting customer expectations for safety and infotainment. The demand is driven largely by consumer demand for seamless connectivity while traveling by car. Additionally, connectivity to the car is necessary to support OEM requirements for vehicle diagnostics and prognostics.

In this panel we will discuss the transition to LTE connectivity and the benefits this brings to consumers, OEMs, and networks who serve them. We will discuss the benefits of high bandwidth cellular connectivity and the challenges associated with embedding these modules in the car.

U.S. DOT's V2V and V2I Technology Bed Update
(April 25; 4:00 PM)
Walton Fehr Walton Fehr, U.S. DOT
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is exploring the development and deployment of a fully connected transportation system. As part of this effort, the U.S. DOT has established a Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Technology Test Bed that is a real-world, operational environment that offers the supporting vehicles, infrastructure, and equipment to serve the needs of public and private sector testing and development activities. Come hear the latest updates on the V2V and V2I Technology Test Bed and connected vehicle research including the an expansion within the Detroit area that will include Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) and Geometric Intersection Description (GID), and extensions outside of Michigan. The V2V and V2I Technology Test Bed is available for anyone to use in testing their safety, mobility and environmental applications, services, and components in an environment using interoperable equipment consistent with the U.S. DOT's connected vehicle research program.

Greg Krueger Greg Krueger, MI DOT

Greg Krueger is the Connected Vehicle Program Manager for SAIC. He is presently the deputy manager of the US DOT V2V and V2I Technology Test Bed where he oversees te day-to-day operations and technology enhancements for the original Proof of Concept facility. Greg is also leading SAICs efforts supporting UMTRI for the Safety Pilot Model Deployment effort in Ann Arbor and is supporting a variety of the US DOT Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) programs. Prior to joining SAIC, Greg served as Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT's) Program Manager for the statewide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, overseeing all development, deployment, operations and maintenance of ITS throughout the State of Michigan.

Greg Krueger is the 2008 AASHTO President's Award recipient for Highway Traffic and Safety, the former chair of the ITS America IntelliDrive Task Force and is working within the TRB ITS Committee to develop a Connected Vehicle sub-committee, focused on documenting independent connected vehicle resources from around the country. Mr. Krueger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and his Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on Traffic Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH); Diesel Engines Noise
Thomas Reinhart Thomas Reinhart, Southwest Research Inst.
(April 25; 4:00 PM)

Mr. Reinhart will be available to discuss the issues involved in reducing the noise of diesel engines while achieving performance and emissions requirements. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and problems to the discussion.

Thomas Reinhart is an Institute Engineer in the Engine Design and Development Department at Southwest Research Institute. At SwRI, he is responsible for management of diesel engine and powertrain design and development projects, in addition to engine noise reduction. Mr. Reinhart has been involved in efforts to reduce engine noise while achieving performance and emissions requirements for over 30 years.

Previous roles include Senior Manager for NVH at Visteon Chassis Systems, where Mr. Reinhart was responsible for the NVH analysis and development of axles, driveshafts, and power steering systems. From 2001 to 2004, he was the powertrain NVH department manager at Roush Industries, Inc. where he was responsible for NVH testing and development of diesel and gasoline engines, as well as transmissions, axles, and accessories. Diesel fuel system noise was a special focus of this work.

Prior to Roush, Mr. Reinhart was Director of Noise & Vibration Technology at Cummins, Inc., where he was involved in solving noise and vibration issues in engines as well as in a wide variety of engine applications, including light and heavy duty trucks, construction equipment, generator sets, and marine applications. Mr. Reinhart has developed noise reduction features for diesel engines, four of which have been patented. He has published 16 technical papers on Powertrain NVH topics, and holds 4 patents.

Mr. Reinhart received his B.S and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He also spent a year studying automotive engineering at the Technical University of Hannover, Germany. His master's thesis, under Prof. Malcolm Crocker, was on the application of acoustic intensity measurements to diesel engines.

Motorsports Chat
(April 26; 4:00 PM)
David Finch

David Finch, RAETECH Corp
David Finch, MSME is president of RAETECH Corporation, an engineering firm he founded. RAETECH has over twenty five years experience developing production and motorsports drivetrains, chassis and full vehicles for OEMS worldwide. RAETECH most recently developed the E85 engine for the EDISON2 team to win the 2010 Progressive Automotive X-Prize 100 MPG-E Challenge. RAETECH's engineering programs currently support NASCAR teams and team in various road racing organizations. RAETECH engineering has contributed significant efforts to OEM championships in the North American Super Touring Car Series, ALMS, FIA GT with victories in both Le Mans and overall at the Daytona 24 Hour races.
David, as well as a racing car design engineer, is a six time National Champion road racing driver and a trackside race engineer. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the SCCA's President's Cup, the distinctive Al Holbert Memorial from Porsche and the Mark Donohue Award from the U.S. Road Racing Drivers' Club. The USRRDC also inducted David as a member. He is a thirty year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a technical judge for the Formula SAE series. David is an instrument rated pilot who flies gliders and airplanes.
Raymond Leto

Raymond Leto, Total Sim
Ray Leto, a 25 year veteran of open wheel racing, received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 1985 and began his career by working his way up through the motorsports ranks as a mechanic and engineer.
Ray joined Truesports Company Racing in 1988 as an engineer and worked there until it's closure in '92. For the next 15 years Ray worked within the Team-Rahal and Rahal-Letterman organization in many roles including Race Engineer, Aerodynamicist, Chief Race Engineer, Technical Director, CART Team Manager, and Acting General Manager. Ray helped guide several Rahal drivers to wins while retaining a focus on aerodynamics and simulation throughout his varied career with the team.
Ray brings this 25+ years of high pressure racing experience to his role as President of Total Sim USA, a CFD consulting business based in Dublin, Ohio. Total Sim USA is partnership between Total Sim Ltd. in Brackley UK formed in 2007 by Dr. Rob Lewis, Naethan Eagels, who spent the last 10 years building the CFD Department at WilliamsF1, and Ray . With a UK staff of 16, 5 engineers in the US, and with over 1000 of cores of compute power, Total Sim continues innovation and leadership by lending their extensive experience to clients in motorsports, automotive, and other fields where rapid change is essential.
Ray is also serves on the SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference Committee, and hosted the inaugural Aerodynamics Conference at IMIS in 2010, 2011 and he will again for 2012.

Wiley R. McCoy

Wiley R. McCoy, McLaren Performance Technologies
Wiley McCoy is retired as president of McLaren Performance Technologies, and currently serves as a technical advisor to McLaren. McLaren is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linamar Corp. a provider of powertrain and driveline systems to the global automotive world. Besides his 35 years in the McLaren organization, Wiley has served the SAE Motorsport activity for + 15 years, and as a FSAE design judge for +10 years.

Michael J. Royce

Michael J. Royce, Albion Associates, Inc


Formula SAE
Formula SAE and its sister events, Formula Student and Formula Hybrid, now has teams from over 500 universities and more than 50 countries competing in the seven (7) officially recognized events every year. These competitions are recognized by industry as being an excellent training ground for young engineers entering the workplace, giving them experience and perspective that cannot be taught in the classroom. The discussions will cover the aspects of the competitions, the Rules and the rationales behind the Rules.

The Safety Challenges of Hybrid Race Cars
The automotive companies have introduced and are continuing to introduce advanced powertrains in their products. These include hybrids of various types, electric vehicles, fuel cells, and internal combustion engines running on gaseous fuels such as hydrogen. Motor sport is coming under pressure from various sources to show its relevance to environmental issues. Therefore there is pressure to incorporate into motor sports some, or all, of these new technologies. Incorporating any new technology into motor sports brings challenges in terms of "fairness" and safety. The latter is of prime importance as it affects not only the competitors, but also the officials, workers and spectators. The technical details of these new technologies are largely unknown to motor sports personnel who need to understand the designs and materials being used. Only with this understanding can sensible decisions be made relative to which new technologies can and should be incorporated into motor sports, the technical and sporting regulations that need to accompany them, and the safety and training systems that are also required.

Royce is a consultant with Albion Associates LLC, having retired from Chrysler after almost 41 years within the Chrysler family. During that time he held a number of management positions, primarily in Engine Development and Powertrain Program Management. Between 1992 and 1994 he was the Technical Director at Lamborghini Engineering in Italy, managing the Chrysler-Lamborghini Formula 1 engine program. His last assignment at Chrysler was that of Senior Manager of Advanced Engine Technologies.
He has been a licensed scrutineer for over 35 years working everything from local autocrosses to Formula 1. He has been actively involved in Formula SAE since 1986, was a member of the Formula SAE Rules Committee from 1996 to 2009, and its Chairman from 2000 to 2009. He is currently on the Formula Hybrid Rules Committee.
Royce received bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge University, England, and master's degrees in Automotive Engineering from the Chrysler Institute of Engineering and in Management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Bob Welge

Bob Welge, Robert Engineering Development
Bob Welge is a Manager/Engineer for advanced technology and new concept development programs. His area of specialization is Aerodynamics and he is currently Chief Engineer at Robert's Engineering Development. Bob is the author of 31 professional papers and reports and co-author of the text "Applied Computational Aerodynamics" (AIAA). Bob has received several industry/government awards, lectured at UCLA, University of Illinois and Cal Tech and served on NASA's Aeronautics Advisory Council. He is an SAE Fellow, Associate Fellow AIAA, member of the SAE Motorsports Engineering Committee, Activity Chair for Motorsports on the SAE Land and Sea Group and member of the SAE Engineering Meeting Board. He has a Master of Science Degree from UCLA.

John Melvin

John Melvin, Tandelta
Dr. Melvin's major research interest is the biomechanics of impact injury and its application to the protection of vehicle occupants in crashes. He received his B.S.(1960), M.S.(1962) and Ph.D.(1964) degrees in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois. As a Research Engineer and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, from 1968 to 1985, he was involved in the planning and implementation of research projects dealing with the mechanical properties of biological tissues; injury mechanisms of the organs and structures in the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and lower extremities; development of test dummy components; and the development and evaluation of advanced restraint systems for children and adults. From 1985 to 1998 he was a Senior Staff Research Engineer at the General Motors Research Laboratories where he conducted research on head and neck injury, and, most recently, racing car crashes for the purpose of improving both racing car and advanced passenger car crash protection. He retired from General Motors in September 1998 and is currently an independent consultant on the biomechanics of crash injury, racecar driver crash protection, and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University.
John has been conducting and publishing research on the biomechanics of impact injury and its application to the protection of vehicle occupants in crashes for over 42 years. His research on racecar driver safety over the past 18 years has made him one of the world's foremost authorities on racecar driver crash protection. Since retiring from General Motors in 1998, John has served as a consultant to many racing organizations such as CART, IRL, NASCAR and the SFI Foundation. He is a Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.

Naethan Eagles

Naethan Eagles, Total Sim

Naethan graduated in 1993 with an honors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from City University London. He joined a small R&D company that same year which provided experimental and CFD consulting services to the HVAC industry. He moved to Rolls-Royce PLC in early 1997 working on the development of the Trent series of gas turbine engines, using a combination of CFD and FEA technologies.

He joined Advantage-CFD in late 1998 initially to work with BAR F1 on their aero development programme. but together with Rob Lewis went on to spearhead the aero consultancy arm of ACFD, working on projects as diverse as Champ-Car and IRL aero development to alternative power generation systems.

Naethan left ACFD in the summer of 2001 to start the CFD Department at the BMW-Williams F1 Team. Over the next ten years he grew the size and scope of the department, integrating the use of CFD fully into the aerodynamic design process, placing CFD at the heart of all aero development, and the primary tool for all conceptual aero work, cooling work and structural load determination.

Naethan has extensive experience in Fullscale WT testing and track testing, including instrumenting, data capturing and data reduction. His experience of successfully taking designs from concept through CFD and model scale WT testing, to implementation and verification on the actual vehicle gives him a rare combination of advanced modeling skills and practical understanding of racecar development.

Kirk Russell


Implementing Wireless Power Charging
John Miller John Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratories
(April 25; 4:00 PM)

This chat session aims to take the mystery out of wireless power transfer (WPT) and magnetic resonance coupling and cast this technology into more familiar terms for those now working on conductive charging. Also known as inductive power transfer (IPT), the idea is to provide the plug-in and battery electric vehicle owner with a charging option that is convenient, safe, flexible and most important autonomous. This hands-free charging option places high emphasis on wireless communications to negotiate with the infrastructure, assist in alignment with a charging pad, manage the power transfer process and handle contingencies. Vehicle implementation brings a host of challenges not the least of which is connecting into the regenerative energy storage system. The format is one of open dialogue and interactive discussion. Experimental results obtained from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory WPT apparatus are presented in order to inform and to act as focal points for participants.

John M. Miller earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in 1976 before joining Texas Instruments (TI) Equipment Group. While there he earned a MS degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1979, then left to pursue a PhD at Michigan State University. Granted the degree in 1983, Dr. Miller launched a productive career with Ford Motor Company where he held numerous leadership roles in automotive electronics and electric and hybrid drive train development programs.

After retiring from Ford in 2002, Dr. Miller went into private practice as an industry consultant, expert witness, author, and guest lecturer. In 2006, he joined Maxwell Technologies, as VP with global responsibility for application engineering, training on modeling, simulation, and experimental work on customer applications.


Dr. Miller joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010 as principal investigator of electric machine innovations, wireless power transfer, and power electronic systems. Currently, his work on electric machines is focused on material and process innovations that can reduce their dependence on rare earth permanent magnet materials, increase continuous power and overall efficiency. His work on wireless power transmission is focused on stationary charging systems suited to residential and public parking at level 2 power levels of 3 to 7 kW using high frequency magnetic resonance power conversion.

A registered professional engineer for more than 31 years, Dr. Miller holds 53 patents and has written more than 180 scientific and technical papers, three books, and portions of two others. He is a Fellow of SAE and IEEE and member of NSF-FREEDM consortium Scientific Advisory Board.

What Approaches will Advanced Diesel Engine Air Path Controllers utilize in the Future?
(April 25; 4:00 PM)
John Shutty John Shutty, BorgWarner Inc.

The level of hardware sophistication in the air path of high performance diesel engines continues to rise. Along with this hardware comes a need for advanced control systems which optimize the operation of these components. We will hold a discussion around actuator performance, sensor technology, in-cylinder feedback, ECU design considerations, algorithm approaches and calibration trends. In order to provide a broader insight, two experts will participate in this chat. One from an OEM and the other from an air system supplier.

John Shutty, Senior Technical Specialist, BorgWarner, Inc. - John received his Master Degree in Systems Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He has over 25 years of experience leading efforts to develop engine controls and diagnostics for vehicles. He is currently a member of the corporate Advanced Development group at BorgWarner leading a number of engine system projects. Prior to this he spent 18 years at Cummins where he was a director of engine controls.

Yue-Yun Wang Yue-Yun Wang, General Motors Company

Dr.Yue-Yun Wang is a staff researcher leading advanced diesel controls development with Propulsion Systems Research Lab at General Motors R&D. Before joining GM in 2005, he spent 10 years in Cummins Inc. as a technical advisor leading various next generation engine projects in powertrain control and diagnostics. He also spent 8 years in research and teaching at several academic institutions. Dr.Wang is granted 40 US patents and many international patents for automotive applications. He is a member of SAE and a senior member of IEEE.