SAE 2014 All-Wheel Drive Symposium

October 14-16, 2014

Plymouth, Michigan, USA

The Inn at Saint John's

Keynote Address

Tuesday, October 16, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Michael Olechiw Michael Olechiw
Director, Light-duty Vehicle and Small Engine Center
Assessment and Standards Division
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Michael Olechiw has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2009. During his tenure with EPA Mr. Olechiw was one of the primary authors of the first greenhouse gas rule for light-duty vehicles and the vehicle team leader for the recently finalized Tier 3 criteria pollutant rule for light-duty vehicles.

Mr. Olechiw is currently the Director of the Light-duty Vehicle and Small Engine Center, and is responsible for regulatory development and research at EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to that, Mr. Olechiw served as Director of the Data and Testing Center responsible for conducting test programs in support of rule makings, modeling and test procedure development. Previous to working at the EPA, Mr. Olechiw was employed by Chrysler Corporation for 17 years. Mr. Olechiw's career at Chrysler focused on vehicle product engineering including powertrain controls, vehicle development, program management and active chassis systems. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Electric Vehicles and Environment Informal Working Group under the UNECE Group of Pollution Experts (GRPE).

Mr. Olechiw earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. Mr. Olechiw lives near Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address

Tom Murphy Tom Murphy
Executive Editor
WardAuto World Magazine

Tom Murphy is executive editor of WardAuto World magazine and senior editor of, with an emphasis on technology and suppliers. He leads selection each year of the Ward's 10 Best Engines and Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Formerly a daily newspaper reporter for 13 years, he joined Ward's in 1997. He oversees magazine production, travels often, tests drives and reviews new vehicles throughout the year, helps organize the annual WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Detroit and writes a blog.