Keynote Speakers

Raymond A. Morris "Role of Engineering Societies in Serving the Mobility Industry in the Asia-Pacific Region"
Monday, August 6, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Raymond A. Morris, SAE International Executive Vice President and COO
Mr. Ray Morris joined the SAE International staff in 1974 and has held several positions in the organization ever since. In January 2002, he was named Executive Vice President and also holds the position of President of the Performance Review Institute (PRI), a not-for-profit organization that exists to advance the interest of the mobility industry.

In 1990, he was selected as the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives'Outstanding Association Executive. Currently, Mr. Morris also holds board positions on the Automotive Hall of Fame, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is the Vice President of Americas for the FISITA (International Federation of Automobile Engineering Societies) Council, as well as being a Certifi ed Association Executive (CAE) and Past President of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.


Richard O. Schaum "Powertrain Trends Past and the Outlook for the Future"
Monday, August 6, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Richard O. Schaum, 2007 President, SAE International
General Manager, 3rd Horizon Associates LLC
Executive Vice President, Product Development, DaimlerChrysler Corporation (retired)
Mr. Schaum is a 40 year veteran of the automotive industry, having risen through the ranks at DaimlerChrysler Corporation to the position of Executive Vice President, Product Development and Quality, a position he held from 1999 to 2003. He was responsible for all matters pertaining to Engineering, Regulatory Affairs, Product Planning, and Quality.

Mr. Schaum currently serves on the Board of Directors of BorgWarner Inc., the Board of Directors of SAE International, and the Advisory Board for the SAE Automotive Resources Institute. In addition, he works as an automotive consultant as General Manager, 3rd Horizon Associates LLC, a company involved in technology assessment and development.

Mr. Schaum received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 1969, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1971, and completed the Executive Program - University of California at Berkeley in 1989.


Dr. Sumantran "The Road, Less Traveled..."
Monday August 6, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
10:30 - 11: 00 a.m.

Dr. Sumantran, Chairman, Sumantran Consulting
Dr. Sumantran consults on Business and Market strategy, Technology and Manufacturing for a limited number of clients in the global and Indian auto industry. Dr. Sumantran is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India and also serves as Scientific Consultant to the Government of India for Manufacturing Technology. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Dr. Sumantran was also elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.

Previously, he served as chief executive of Tata Motors' car business between 2001 and 2005, where among other things, he also supervised the concept phase of the low-cost car. Dubbed a "car guy", with an amateur racing driver's license, he also had a role in the entry of Tatas into the world of Formula One racing sponsorship. He also served as President of the Automotive Research Association of India, the country's leading research and homologation organization for 2004-05.

Dr. Sumantran holds MS and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering (Princeton University and Virginia Tech) and a Master's degree in Management of Technology (Renssalaer Polytechnic). Prior to joining TATAs in 2001, Dr. Sumantran had a 16-year career with General Motors in the R&D Centre in Detroit and subsequently served on deputation in Europe as Director, Advanced Engineering, SAAB Automobile AB.

Dr. Sumantran has had a long association with SAE is a Fellow of SAE International and served on the board of SAE International from 2003 until 2006. He also served as Editor, SAE Transactions, Passenger Car Journal, between 1995 and 2000 and chaired the SAE Land and Sea Group between 1998-99.


Herbert A. Fishel "The Great Race of the 21st Century"
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Herbert A. Fishel, CEO, Herb Fishel Company
Recognized repeatedly by RACER magazine as one of the dozen most influential people in racing, Mr. Fishel began his career at General Motors and in 1969 joined the Chevrolet Product Performance Group where he was responsible for the design of high-performance engines. In 1991 he was named the Executive Director of GM Racing.

His career has seen many accomplishments: Mr. Fishel helped form the Indy Racing league, Hot Rod magazine named him one of the 100 most infl uential people in hot rodding, he was bestowed the Sprit of Le Mans Award from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, and inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Hall of Fame.


Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird "Reinvention of the Automobile"
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird, Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts, General Motors Corporation
Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird is one of the world's leading fuel cell experts. He is the driving force behind GM's AUTOnomy vision and is Director for this "Reinvention of the Automobile" program, which also includes the Hywire and Sequel vehicles. These are the fi rst vehicles designed from the ground up around a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system, embodyingthe skateboard philosophy and are the first to combine fuel cells with by-wire technology, which allows steering, braking and other vehicle systems to be controlled electronically rather than mechanically.

Prior to joining General Motors, Borroni-Bird was in technology management at Daimler-Chrysler and led an effort to develop fuel cells that run on gasoline. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as a Young Leader in 2000.


Andre Metzner "The Global Hybrid Cooperation - Expanding Into The Future"
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Hollywood Ballroom
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

André Metzner, Manager Strategy and Communications, Hybrid Development Center, DaimlerChrysler AG
Mr. Metzner has developed his broad knowledge of alternative powertrain technologies through many years of experience within the DaimlerChrysler organization. His vast experience includes viability studies and strategic planning for numerous innovative products and services such as fuel cell, hybrid, and other powertrain technologies.

Mr. Metzner currently manages the Strategy and Communications group within the DaimlerChrysler Hybrid Development Center. Mr. Metzner joined the company in1996 as a Researcher working in DaimlerChryslers Society and Technology Research Group and has since held a variety of positions of responsibility in corporate research and product development.

Significant elements of his professional and academic background include:

  • Manager Strategy & Communications, Hybrid Development Center Programs, 2005
  • Project Manager Research, 2000
  • Program Manager Clean Energy Partnership - Mobility Group, 2000
  • Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, 1995

Metzner was born April 18, 1971in St. Petersburg, Russia.