Electronics Architecture (Panel)

Organizers - Steve W. Hartwig, Delphi Corp.; Richard E. Kleine, Cummins Inc.

Moderators Paul M. Menig
Paul M. Menig, Freightliner LLC
Paul Menig is presently responsible for all electrical and electronics activities at Freightliner. Prior to joining Freightliner he worked at several locations of Eaton Corporation and at two locations of General Electric. Paul's career has always involved developing teams of people to implement distributed microprocessor controls with communications. He has worked in smart guided bombs, life-saving medical equipment, factory automation and truck electronics.

Mr. Menig is presently responsible for all electrical and electronic activities at Freightliner. This includes daily production problems, field problems, custom work orders, and advanced engineering for electrical and electronic items such as engines, transmissions, brakes, and safety devices. Mr. Menig joined Freightliner in July of 1994 and initially lead the development of electronics for the new Freightliner Century Class truck product line.

Prior to joining Freightliner, Mr. Menig spent seven years with Eaton Truck Components, leading a team as large as sixty-five people in the development of electronic products for automated mechanical transmissions, brakes and tire pressure control. These activities included some world-wide responsibility and coordination with engineering in Europe and joint venture development with Japanese companies. Prior to that, Mr. Menig worked for the industrial automation part of Eaton known as Cutler-Hammer. During those 8 years he lead teams working on sensors, factory communications, programmable and motion controllers and vision inspection equipment. Prior to Eaton, Mr. Menig worked 5 years for General Electric in the areas of medical equipment for hospitals, remotely guided military vehicles (smart bombs) and charge coupled device imagers and signal processors.

Mr. Menig graduated from MIT in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He participated in the ABC program of General Electric, completing the A and B portions. Masters degree work in electrical engineering was completed with the exception of a thesis at Marquette University. In addition, Mr. Menig has participated in numerous training programs such as Total Quality Management, Software Development, Strategic Planning, Finance for the Non-Financial Manager, ISO 9000, Vehicle Dynamics, etc.


Kevin R. Carlstrom Kevin R. Carlstrom, International Truck and Engine Corp.
Kevin Carlstrom is the Chief Engineer for Vehicle Systems in Electrical & Electronic Systems for International Truck and Engine Corporation at its Truck Development and Technology Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Since joining International in 1999, Carlstrom has held a variety of management positions in Electrical and Electronic Systems. Prior to International, he had an eight year career with the Ford Motor Company in powertrain control system development. He also spent two years with Medtronic in pacemaker conductor development.

Carlstrom holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Science in Engineering from Wayne (Mich.) State University. His areas of expertise include truck electrical system development, systems engineering, powertain controls, combustion systems and modeling and simulation.

He is a member of SAE International and the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council.

Daniel Henderson Daniel Henderson, Caterpillar Inc.
Dan Henderson is a Technical Manager in the Cat Electronics business unit of Caterpillar Inc. His principal responsibilities include leading the organization responsible for the development and deployment of systems architecture and software development technologies used by Caterpillar for electronic control systems product development across all product lines. Dan holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (with a control systems focus) from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Over Dan's 20-year career at Caterpillar, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in electronics research and product development engineering spanning the Caterpillar product line including machine drivetrain and implement control systems, information products, engine control systems (ACERT) and electronic service tools.

James Lenz James Lenz, John Deere & Co.

Christopher A. Lupini Christopher A. Lupini, Delphi Electronics and Safety
Mr. Lupini has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University. He is a registered Professional Engineer and an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician. He has worked in the data communications industry for 19 years, currently for Delphi Electronics & Safety, and has also been consulting and teaching public classes on serial data communications worldwide for 13 years. Past accomplishments include assisting in the design and development of the General Motors Class 2 and GMLAN protocols, as well as the specification and test of numerous J1850 and CAN integrated circuits. He is currently the lead engineer for the Delphi Serial Data Center of Expertise and has authored many technical papers and magazine articles and has one awarded patent with several others in process. He is the author of the book "Vehicle Multiplex Communication" published in 2004 by SAE.