Opening General Session

Monday, September 19
My Brakes Are Better Than Your Brakes! (or maybe not)

Salon DE
8:00 a.m.

This panel of distinguished experts will explore the parameters they use to characterize brake components and systems. Which characteristics define a "good" or "bad" brake system? How are they measured? How important are they? What do vehicle owners expect from their brake system? Be sure to join us for these informative presentations and discussion. Be sure to bring your questions!

Panelists -
Mike Austin, Technical Editor, Car and Driver
Andrew Markel, Brake & Front End Magazine
Eugene A. Petersen, Consumer Reports
Andy Bernhard, J D Power and Associates

Mike Austin Mike Austin
Technical Editor, Car and Driver

Mike joined Car and Driver as Technical Editor in 2006. Along with the other members of the technical department Mike conducts instrumented tests on every vehicle reviewed in C/D, about 200 every year. Prior to joining Car and Driver, Mike worked at mph Magazine, Car Magazine, and Automobile Magazine. Mike is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

Andrew C. Bernhard Andrew C. Bernhard
Director, Global Automotive
J.D. Power and Associates

Andrew Bernhard is the Director of Global Automotive at J.D. Power and Associates. He is responsible for automotive supplier business, which includes consulting, customer relations and market research, with a focus on supplier performance and component quality.

Prior to his current position at J.D. Power and Associates, Mr. Bernhard served as the research lead on all supplier component quality studies. He led the efforts to lead business strategies, developing new process and product to better measure and improve component quality for the automotive supplier base.

Prior to joining J.D. Power and Associates Mr. Bernhard held multiple positions with tier 1 automotive supplier. Mr. Bernhard has also consulting with numerous automotive suppliers in efforts to improve product, process and quality.

Mr. Bernhard earned a bachelors degree in marketing from Oakland University.

Andrew Markel Andrew Markel
Brake & Front End Magazine

Brake & Front End Editor Andrew Markel is an expert in undercar service and repair and has been with the magazine for more than 11 years. He is a technician and former service writer and holds several automotive certifications from ASE and aftermarket manufacturers, bringing a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to his position. Markel has produced many technical training and marketing pieces for several aftermarket manufacturers. He has also authored more than 100 articles on brake repair, brake friction and repair shop management. He has also helped launch the first Spanish language magazine targeting technicians, and advises companies on how to interface with this growing demographic. He has been quoted in several national media outlets including SmartMoney, CNN and Crain's Business on various automotive repair topics. He is also the owner of a consulting firm assisting law firms with class action litigation.

Eugene A. Petersen Eugene A. Petersen
Consumer Reports

Eugene A. Petersen graduated from Norwich University as a member of the Corps of Cadets with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He has over thirty-three years of experience in tire testing, working for Armstrong Rubber Company and Pirelli Tire, and now at Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports for that last sixteen years. Gene works out of the Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut. His current position is Tire Program Leader, where he is directly responsible for tire testing. He is also one of the engineers evaluating new cars and trucks, and oversees the stopping performance of these vehicles. He is a member of SAE and a working member on the SAE Highway Tire Committee.