Spotlight on India Panel: Providing Engineering Solutions for the Commercial Vehicle Industry

Organizers - Murli M. Iyer, SAE International

Moderators Rodica Baranescu
Rodica Baranescu, International Truck and Engine Corporation
Rodica Baranescu is currently Manager Fuels & Lubricants for International Truck and Engine Corporation. Previously she served as Chief Engineer in Engine Performance Analysis at the Technical Center of Engine and Foundry Division of International Truck and Engine Corporation where her responsibilities include leadership and coordination of research and development activities in diesel engines for truck applications, simulation and modeling of combustion, emissions, processes and systems in diesel engines, evaluation and development of alternative fuels for heavy-duty engines. She holds an M.S. and PhD. In Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania, where she started her engineering and academic career before coming to the united States in 1980 and joining International Harvestor Company. She has done graduate and post-doctoral work at the French Institute of Petroleum and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Atam Prakash Arya Atam Prakash Arya, Tata Motors, Ltd.
Mr. Arya has received his B.Sc. Engineering (Mech) with honours and 1st Divn from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (1964-68) and his MS in Manufacturing Technology and Project Management from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK, in 1979-80.

Mr. Arya Joined Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in 1969 as Management Trainee (Tech) and has had extensive working experience in manufacturing/planning & project management at different work assignments/locations, including Bangalore and Kanpur units of HAL. He had steady growth in the executive hierarchy before taking charge as Chief Production Engineer of HAL�s Kanpur Division in 1982.

During the next eleven years, he moved up in different capacities as Dy General Manager, Additional GM, before being moved to the HAL Corporate Office, Bangalore in August�93 as Officer on Special Duty (Civil Aircraft).

In January 1994, he took charge of the CEO (as General Manager), Kanpur Civil aircraft Division, responsible for the entire business operations, as the Profit Centre Head of the location.

In 1996, he moved to Bangalore, once again, as General Manager for the Advance Light Helicopter Project.

He took over as Vice President, responsible for the entire operations of Tata Motors , Jamshedpur Works (earlier known as Tata Engineering) on 11th July 1996. Promoted as Senior Vice President with effect from 18th January �99. Subsequently, additional responsibility of management of Tata Motor�s plant at Lucknow was also added to him. Promoted as President (Heavy & Medium Commercial Vehicles) of the CVBU Operations of the Company wef 1st September 2005.

He is on the Board of Directors of the following group Companies: Tata Cummins Limited; Tata Holset Limited; HV Axles Limited (Chairman of the Board); HV Transmissions Limited; Nita Motors, Bangladesh

He is a member of the Managing Committee of Tata Motors Ltd., and has been coordinating a number of Key turnaround and business transformation Initiatives of the company, including the Six Sigma and the World Class Manufacturing programme, to meet the emerging global challenges.

Other memberships include: Member, National Defence Committee of CII, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005; Past Chairman, Bihar (incl. Jharkhand) Council of CII, 1998-1999; Past President, Aeronautical Society of UP & Bihar Branch, 1994-96; Past President of Indian Institution of Industrial Engg, Kanpur Chapter; Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India); Member, Board of Governors of National Safety Council; Member, Governing Council of Indo Danish Tool Room, Jamshedpur.; Vice Chairman, Indian Cancer Society, Jamshedpur Branch.; Member & Trustee, Jamshedpur Eye Hospital.

Sunil K. Chaturvedi, NATRIP

Sujit Das, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sujit Das is a Sr. Research Staff member with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. He received his Batchelor of Technology (Hons.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 1979. After working for a year with Ford Tractors India Ltd., he went on to complete his MS and MBA degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He has been with Oak Ridge National Laboratory for more than 20 years where he has led several projects in the areas of resource modeling, energy/economic and policy analysis of numerous resource markets. Currently, he is supporting the DOE Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies in the areas of technology and cost assessments of advanced vehicle technologies, including lightweight materials technologies.

He has also been a visiting fellow with Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, India for a year. He has led several energy-related projects in India supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. The latest work has been on the prospects of inspection and maintenance of two-wheelers in India, done in collaboration with SIAM and USAID. More than 50 referred journal articles are to his credit, including a book. He is an active member of the SAE Sustainable Development Program Office, and has been responsible for chairing several SAE Congress sessions in the past. He�s an active paper reviewer of several journals and was awarded the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society�s (TMS) 2004 JOM Best Paper award last year.

Presentation Title: Environmental Challenges Facing the Indian Commercial Vehicle Industry

Presentation Synopsis: The Indian commercial vehicle industry is projected to continue to grow in parallel with the overall economic growth. Public transport which is key to leveraging change towards sustainable mobility is collapsing in most cities with the growth in personal transport. Numerous promising initiatives taken during this decade to introduce cleaner fuels and emissions technology including alternative fuel vehicles in major Indian metropolitan cities will be discussed. The concluding remarks will provide recommendations for viable technical and policy options for meeting the future environmental challenges.

Pawan K. Goenka Pawan K. Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd.
Dr. Pawan Goenka had earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Kanpur and then went on to complete his Ph.D (M.E.) from Cornell University, Ithaca, U.S.A. Graduate of Advanced Management Programme from HBS. He worked for General Motors R&D Centre at Warren, MI, U.S.A. from 1979 to 1993. Thereafter he joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., as General Manager (R&D). He was appointed COO (Automotive Sector) in April 2003, and appointed President (Automotive Sector) in September 2005.

Dr. Goenka received the Outstanding International Advisor Award from SAE in 1997, Charles L. McCuen Achievement Award for the years 1991 & 1995 from General Motors. Burt L. Newkirk Award for the year 1987, Extraordinary Accomplishment Award from General Motors in 1986, Distinguished Alumni Award from I.I.T. Kanpur in 2004. Fellow of SAE and of Indian National Academy of Engineers.

Dr. Goenka was Chairman of Emissions Committee of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers from 1999 to 2001. Chairman, Task Force on Alternative Energy Driven Vehicles of SIAM from 2001 to Aug.2003. Chairman, Task Force on Auto Oil Programme from Sep.2003 to Aug.2005. Chairman, Frontier Technologies, Styling & Design � Sep.2005 till date. He was the frirst Chairman of Western India Section of SAE. He is currently President of SAE India, and Vice President of ARAI Governing Council. Member of Executive Council of SIAM.

Deepak T. Kapur Deepak T. Kapur, International Truck and Engine Corporation
Dee Kapur serves as the president of International Truck and Engine Corporation�s Truck Group. International is the principal operating company of Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corporation (NYSE:NAV), the nation�s largest combined commercial truck, school bus and mid-range diesel engine manufacturer. Mr. Kapur reports directly to Navistar�s president and chief executive officer and serves on the company�s executive council, which is responsible for management�s strategic direction.