SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress

October 7-9, 2014

Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

NEW for 2014! Keynote Breakfast

Thursday October 9, 2014
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Rooms 29-31

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New for 2014! Join us at 8:00 a.m. and enjoy breakfast while listening to Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar, Director of Research and Advanced Engineering, Product Development & Global Technology at Caterpillar, as she discusses, "Off-Road Mobile Machinery Fuel Efficiency - A Total Systems Perspective."

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar
Director of Research and Advanced Engineering,
Product Development & Global Technology
Caterpillar Corporation

Keynote Title: Off-Road Mobile Machinery Fuel Efficiency - A Total Systems Perspective

Increasing the work per unit of fuel burned of mobile non-road equipment has positive economic and environmental implications through reduced owning and operating costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. To realize and drive these benefits the enormous diversity in the types and applications of non-road machines and the functions they perform must be considered. The optimization of fuel efficiency, productivity and cost while meeting emissions requirements for off-road equipment can be best achieved by taking a total systems perspective, considering applications, and appropriately tailoring technologies. This presentation will illustrate the benefits of systems optimization using a detailed example of a hybrid hydraulic excavator and examining the benefit of technologies at the component, engine, machine system, and worksite levels.

About Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar:

Lou is the Director of Research and Advanced Engineering for Caterpillar Inc. In her role as director, Lou is responsible for execution and governance of Caterpillar's technology strategy. She oversees technology development in the areas of Energy and Power Systems, Machine and Machine Systems, Automation and Enterprise Solutions, Advanced Materials, Virtual Product Development, and Advanced Manufacturing. In previous roles at Caterpillar, Lou led the introduction of diesel particulate filter products as part of the Aftertreatment & Cooling Product group and held the role of Product Manager for Caterpillar's Fuel Systems division. Lou currently serves as the Caterpillar representative on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Engine Manufacturers Association and has served on the Board of the Energy Technology Institute. She joined Caterpillar in 2001 following 7 years leading research efforts in the areas of materials and chemical engineering at the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Lou earned a BS in Engineering from Penn State University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. She has authored or co-authored over 40 technical publications. She is a member of the American Ceramic Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.