SAE 2013 Transmission & Driveline Symposium

October 16-17, 2013

Troy, Michigan, USA

Troy Marriott

Symposium Organizers

James Borgerson James Borgerson
Engineering Group Manager
GM Powertrain's Advanced Transmission Mechanical Group

Jim Borgerson is the Engineering Group Manager for GM Powertrain's Advanced Transmission Mechanical Group. Jim has more than 17 years of experience in a wide range of automatic transmission technology design and development, including CVTs, hybrids, planetary automatics, DCTs and other advanced transmission concepts. He has been involved in subsystem engineering, powerflow generation/evaluation, and/or transmission architecture for a number of GMPT transmission projects and programs, including GF6 (6T30) and the recently announced 8-speed RWD AT. He co-authored and presented the paper "Analytical and Test Evaluation of Planetary Gear Train Efficiency (Torque Related Losses) With Multiple Power Flow Arrangements" at the 2003 ASME International Power Transmission and Gearing Conference. He has more than 20 patents related to transmission subsystems and powerflow architectures. In 2007, he received the "Boss" Kettering Award, GM's top award for technical innovation, for his work in automatic transmission powerflow synthesis. Jim has a BSME from Tulane University and an MSE from Purdue University. Before coming to GM, Jim served as a Naval Flight Officer for four years in one of the US Navy's Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadrons.

Scot Halley Scot Halley
Global Product Manager
Automatic Transmission Fluids
Lubrizol Corporation

Scott Halley is the Global Product Manager for Automatic Transmission Fluids at The Lubrizol Corporation. He received his mechanical engineering degree from The University of Akron in 1992 and began is career at Lubrizol as a test engineer in their Mechanical Testing Laboratory. Scott's initial work was with engine oil testing but the majority of his time focused Automatic Transmission Fluids and their performance characteristics. After 11 years in Lubrizol's Wickliffe, Ohio test lab he had a 3.5 year assignment as the Manager of Lubrizol's Hazelwood, England Mechanical Testing facility. Upon his return he worked several years coordinating development activities with OEMs and Tier One/Two suppliers for all areas of lubricants and fuel additives before assuming his current responsibilities.

Jeremy W. Holt Jeremy W. Holt
Vice President

Jeremy W. Holt, Vice president is responsible for overall global sales, marketing and customer engineering activities of TREMEC. In addition plays a central role in the strategic planning and development of the TREMEC businesses currently located in Belgium, India, Mexico and having specific responsibility for US facilities and operations. He additionally has a leadership role in Business development activities including joint ventures, acquisition and divestiture activities. His wide experience in international business and network has been essential in his success in developing, manufacturing, selling or promoting of power train systems or components.

Prior to TREMEC, Jeremy held leadership roles in Advanced Powertrain and Engineering companies including Ricardo PLC (President US) a leader in engineering projects and services; Federal Mogul Piston Products ( VP Product Engineering and Marketing) a supplier of precision engine components; NxtGen Emission Controls ( CEO) a developer and supplier of patented syngas technology for emission after treatment; and Technology Management Consulting LLC ( President) a management consulting and project service company.

Jeremy has 30 years' experience in powertrain technology, operations, manufacturing, strategy, international business, engineering, and sales and marketing, in both mature public companies and start up technology firms. He is a graduate of the University of Bradford England, Holt holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with honors and also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford Management School with special focus on technology forecasting and its application to automotive powertrain.

He is a founding and active member of the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference Leadership Team and has served as a member of the SAE Fellows selection committee.

Hong Jiang Hong Jiang
Manager & Technical Leader, Transmission/Driveline Systems
Research & Advanced Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Mr. Jiang has over 20 years of experience in Transmission and Driveline Engineering at Ford Motor Company. As the department manager & technical leader of transmission/driveline systems in Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, Mr. Jiang is currently leading the global design & development of new transmission & driveline systems including hardware, controls & calibrations for conventional transmissions and hybrid transmission/ drivelines.

Mr. Jiang began his career with Ford in 1993 as a control engineer at Transmission Engineering in Livonia, Michigan. Later on he joined Transmission/Driveline Research and Advanced Engineering organization. During his tenure with Ford, he designed & developed a number of Ford advanced transmissions, including 5/6 speed automatic transmissions, CVT/IVT and PowerShift (wet & dry) automatic transmission, especially in the control & calibration area. Mr. Jiang also led the effort to design and develop the transmission / driveline systems & controls for advanced Hybrid vehicles.

Mr. Jiang has more than 35 pending & awarded patents in the area of transmission & driveline systems & controls for conventional & hybrid vehicles.

Joseph Lemieux Joseph Lemieux
Director of Transmission, Hybrid and Electrification
IAV Automotive Engineering

Joe Lemieux is the business unit director of Transmission, Hybrid and Electrification at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for all aspects of the division in North America, including sales, operation, technology development, profit and loss. Lemieux oversees the rapid growth of the department and strategies to meet the growing fuel efficiency requirements of the automotive industry.

Prior to joining IAV in 2011, Lemieux was a senior manager at GETRAG Transmissions Corporation, where he created and led the controls, software, electronics and calibration organizations. He worked as chief engineer at Ricardo Inc., more than doubling the number of engineers, leading a team that developed electrical and control systems and developing global management strategies, among many other initiatives. As a chief technologist and system architect at Electronic Data Systems, Lemieux developed technical solutions that won new business in the automotive, medical and aerospace industries globally. For a brief time, he was principal engineer at Lucas Varity, where he created new tools that reduced development time for new Anti-lock Brake System applications and developed custom microcrontrollers. Lemieux also spent time as a program manager at both Johnson Controls Inc. and Ford, and as a senior engineer at General Motors. He has a strong background in engineering consulting for global customers and design and development of multiple hybrid systems and components. Lemieux is a member of SAE International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University). Lemieux also earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In addition, he is currently working on his PhD in automotive systems with a focus on electric, hybrid and fuel cell propulsion systems from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Berthold Martin Berthold Martin
Senior Manager/Specialist Advanced Transmission Engineering
Chrysler Group LLC

Berthold Martin is Senior Manager, Advanced Transmission Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. Martin holds over 30 years in automatic transmission design/development at Chrysler as Product Engineer, Supervisor and Senior Manager/Specialist. He holds 31 Patents in automatic transmission technology and has authored 7 SAE technical papers. Martin is the Chair of the SAE Transmission & Driveline Committee and Chrysler Principal, USCAR Transmission Working Group. He is also the winner of the inaugural SAE/Timken Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award and the USCAR Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joseph Mueller Joseph Mueller
Driveline Systems Engineer
Magna Powertrain of America

Joe Mueller is an engineer within the Driveline Systems team at Magna Powertrain of America, a global automotive supplier of powertrain systems and components.

Joe has nearly 20 years of professional engineering experience. In his current role as Senior Manager, Product Definition, he leads a team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers in the advancement and commercialization of automotive driveline systems. He has been with Magna Powertrain since 2006 in various engineering roles, including Engineering Manager of Product Architecture and Director of Research and Technology for North America. He also has prior engineering experience from Plug Power Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems and New Venture Gear.

Joe graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and then went on to receive an Executive Master of Business from Syracuse University. His educational experiences include a two-week seminar in Hong Kong, China and prior trainings include a focus on System Engineering following the "V" process, Six Sigma Green Belt and DFSS as well as a focus on Design for Assembly and Manufacturing.

Steven Thomas Steven Thomas (retired)
Manager, Global Transmission & Driveline
Research & Advanced Engineering

Prior to retirement,Steve Thomas was Manager, Global Transmission & Driveline, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company. Mr. Thomas was responsible for all Ford Motor Company future technology development in the areas of automatic, manual and hybrid transmissions and also for driveline. Mr. Thomas has held numerous management and technical positions in all key areas of Transmission & Driveline Engineering during his 36 years at Ford Motor Company.

Hamid Vahabzadeh Hamid Vahabzadeh
Deputy Vice President
Global Transmission Operations
AVL Powertrain Engineering

Dr. Hamid Vahabzadeh is the Deputy Vice President, Global Transmission Operations at AVL Powertrain Engineering. He is responsible for the AVL transmission technology development. Prior to joining AVL in February 2013, Dr. Vahabzadeh spent 30 years with General Motors. He began his career at the General Motors Research Center working on CVT and hydrostatic transmissions. Later, he took over responsibility for the entire research activities on transmissions at General Motors. In 2000, Dr. Vahabzadeh assumed worldwide responsibility for the Advanced Engineering of all transmissions and for the transmission technology strategy at General Motors Powertrain.

Dr. Vahabzadeh received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He has published numerous technical reports and patents. He is also a member of the technical committee of the SAE and CTI transmission symposiums.

Joachim Wolschendorf Joachim Wolschendorf
Vice President Vehicle & Driveline Engineering, Chief Technical Officer
FEV Inc.

Jochem Wolschendorf is currently Vice President Vehicle & Driveline Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, FEV, Inc. He is responsible for all vehicle and drivetrain activities for FEV in the US, including hybrid and electric vehicle developments. Mr. Wolschendorf initiated and executed the development of FEV's Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development Center in Auburn Hills, MI. This state-of-the-art development center includes electric motor test rigs, battery testing facilities, electric vehicle charge stations, as well as hybrid powertrain test cells.

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