Symposium Chair & Guest Speakers

Marc Winterhoff Symposium Chair
Marc Winterhoff
Automotive Competence Center
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Marc Winterhoff is a Partner and member of the Management Team of Roland Berger's North America operations. He is leading the Roland Berger Automotive Competence Center in North America.

Winterhoff studied electronic engineering and business in Darmstadt, and started his career in the software industry in the United States. He then worked for Arthur D. Little for over 11 years, focusing on the automotive industry. In 2007 he became head of the company's European automotive business and in 2010 was appointed Global Head of Automotive. He has worked extensively for most of the leading European premium and volume car manufacturers on key strategic topics. His functional focus is on sales and marketing, business model innovation and future of mobility.

He joined Roland Berger in October 2011 and assumed his responsibility for the North American automotive market beginning January 2012.

Alexander Schey Keynote Speaker
Alexander Schey
Vantage Power

While studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, Alex found his passion in energy and the future of transportation. He realised that the technology for sustainable transportation was already present, but that the public were ill-informed about its potential. In January 2009, Alex set up Racing Green Endurance; a project aimed at designing and building the world's longest range electric car, and then proving this technology to the world by driving it the 26,000km long Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina! Documented by the BBC, the project was well received throughout the world, and helped change public perception about electric cars forever.

Mr. Jack Lifton Jack Lifton
Founding Principal
Technology Metals Research, LLC

Jack Lifton is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals.

Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals.

Today, after 48 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market.

His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture.

Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

Mr. David A. Fulton David A. Fulton
Director, Advanced Engineering
Remy International

David A. Fulton received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University and Northwestern University, respectively. He joined Delco Remy Divison of GM in 1986, as a product engineer in starters. After moving to Remy International in 1993, he worked as quality manager and design analysis manager. In 2000, he became Remy's director of advanced engineering, responsible for development of starters, alternators, and electric machines for hybrid and electric vehicles.

David has 11 patents in the area of electric machines. He is also a licensed professional engineer, and a member of SAE.

William Cai William Cai, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Jing-Jin Electric Technologies Co., Ltd.

William Cai, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer of Jing-Jin Electric Technologies Co., Ltd. His experience includes the design, control and modeling of electrical machines and drives for vehicular electrification, numerical computation of electromagnetic fields, and mechanical structures, vibration, and noise of electrical machine systems. Dr. Cai is a leading expert in the HEV/EV motor industry and has designed two mode HEV motors for a number of HEVs including the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz ML450, BMW X6, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen, Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck etc. He has also co-designed Allison hybrid transmission motors and is currently working on the design, development and manufacturing of the hybrid electric vehicle drive systems, pure EV traction motors, integrated starter alternator damper (ISAD), belt-driven starter generator (BSG) and high power alternator and starters for automotive applications. Under his technical leadership, Jing-Jin is developing e-motors for a number of China's leading vehicle manufacturers including: Geely, FAW, BAIC, SAIC, Futon, Hege and Yutong. Dr. Cai's JJE manufacturing team built the first volume production line of EV/HEV motors in China.

Dr. Cai is an IEEE senior member and stands in both US SAE and China SAE Standard Committee of Electric Machines for New Energy Vehicles. He has organized and presented at many international conferences and chaired electric motor and drive sessions. He is reviewer of China National Natural Science Foundation and editor of several global technical journals. He is a scholar professor at Harbin University of Science and Technology and is chief scientist of China Education Ministry Automotive Electronics Engineering Center. Dr. Cai has nearly 20 European and American as well as Chinese patents (including pending patents), published two books and over 40 technical papers.

Chris Mi Chunting (Chris) Mi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Michigan, Dearborn

Dr. Chris Mi is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of DTE Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

Dr. Mi a leading expert in electric and hybrid vehicles, and has taught tutorials and seminars on the subject of HEV/PHEV for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the IEEE, National Society of Professional Engineers, major automotive OEMs and suppliers, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Delphi. He has offered the tutorials in six countries including the US, China, Korea, Italy, Singapore, and Mexico. Dr. Mi has conducted extensive research in EV/HEV space and has published more than 100 articles and delivered more than 50 invited talks and keynote speeches, and served as panelists.

Dr. Mi is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Research Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2007 SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation (also known as E2T) Award for Innovative Education and Training Program in Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles, the 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Engineer Award, and IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Outstanding Professional Award. He is also the recipient of the National Innovation Award (1992) and the Government Special Allowance Award (1994) given by the China Central Government. In December 2007, Dr. Mi became a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, for being a leader in education and an example of good moral character.

Dr. Mi holds a BS and an MS degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, and a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. He was the Chief Technical Officer of 1Power Solutions from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Mi worked with General Electric Company from 2000 to 2001. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the faculty of Northwestern Polytechnical University. From 1994 to 1996, he was an Associate Professor and an Associate Chair with the Department of Automatic Control Systems, Petroleum University, China.

Dr. Mi is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics C Letters; editorial board of IET Transactions on Electrical Systems in Transportation, associate editor of Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers (2007-2009); the editorial board member of International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles; a guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Special Issue on Vehicle Power and Propulsion (2009-2010); and guest editor of International Journal of Power Electronics, Special Issue on vehicular Power Electronics and Motor Drives (2009-2010). Dr. Mi served as the Vice Chair (2006, 2007) and Chair (2008) of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section. He was the General Chair of the Fifth IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference held in Dearborn, Michigan, September 7-11, 2009. Dr. Mi served on the review panel for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy (2006,C2010), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2010).
Dr. Mi is one of the two Topic Coordinators for the 2011 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge Competition.

Matthew Laba Matthew Laba
Engineering Group Manager
General Motors Company

Matt serves as Engineering Group Manager of GM's Electric Motor Development and Validation department and is responsible to oversee the development of all of GM's high voltage traction motors. For the past 10 years, in various roles, he has managed the development of a number of electric traction systems for a number of GM's hybrid systems. Matt has worked on electric vehicle systems since 1996. Prior to his current assignment, Matt started his career with General Motors by working on GM's EV1 and Electric S-10 pickup truck as a release engineer for the Electric Drive Unit. In the past, he has worked at General Dynamics Land Systems in various engineering roles.

Matt holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.

Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson
Business Unit Manager
Gear Heads & Motor
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Parker Hannifin's Rotary and Gearhead Business Unit is responsible for the design, manufacturing and commercialization of Parker Hannifin's e-Motors. Mr. Wilson leads this Business Unit and through his implementation of Parker Hannifin's Win Strategy has increased Parker's global presence within the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle marketplace as it relates to e-motors. He has achieved significant and sustainable results to increase the Business Unit's bottom-line.

The e-motor portfolio of the Business Unit includes traction motors, auxiliary motors and other vehicle-duty motors that directly couple to Parker Hannifin's global mobile hydraulic actuation systems. These e-motors are being tested, used and integrated into some of the world's most recognized on- and off- and above road OEMs to achieve their electrification goals. More information on motors and Parker Hannifin's ability to provide complete hybrid solutions can be viewed at

Pat's 23 year career with Parker Hannifin started in 1988 in the R&D lab for the development of Parker's first digital Servo Drive. 1992 Operations manager Rohnert Park, CA 2003 Division Lean Manager / Operations Manager for Motors, New Ulm, MN 2008 to Present Business Unit Manager (Gear head and Motor) New Ulm, MN

Patrick Wilson graduated cum lade with his Bachelor of Science, Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco, in 2002.

Malcolm Burwell Malcolm Burwell
North American Director of Technology Development and Transfer
The Copper Alliance

Malcolm Burwell is the North American Director of Technology Development and Transfer for the International Copper Association (ICA), part of The Copper Alliance. The ICA is the industry association for the worldwide copper production industry. It has, for 15 years, been leading hands-on development of copper-rotor die-casting and induction-motor design. Mr. Burwell leads the ICA's program to develop and transfer those technologies to the supply-chain. Before joining ICA, Malcolm founded and led four electric-technology businesses, including Absolute Sensors which supplied under-hood throttle-sensing products. Earlier in his career he specialized in developing automated manufacturing equipment and designing medical devices. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge.

Jon Hykawy, Ph.D. Jon Hykawy, Ph.D.
Head of Global Research
Byron Capital Markets

Dr. Hykawy is Byron's Head of Global Research. He has extensive experience in the solar, wind, and battery industries, having conducted significant research in the area of the economics of rechargeable batteries (including rechargeable alkaline, lithium-ion and flow batteries) and wind power technologies. Jon began his career in the investment industry in 2000 when he began work as a research analyst broadly covering the technology sector. His focus was later refined to clean technologies and alternative energy companies, and at Byron has become further refined to the materials and technologies surrounding the electrification of transportation. The Byron "Electric Metals" team (a term coined by Byron Capital Markets in 2009), headed by Dr. Hykawy, has become one of the leading sources of new insight and deep levels of analysis within the financial industry on materials such as lithium, vanadium, cobalt, rare earths, uranium and graphite. Education

  • Ph.D. (Physics), University of Manitoba, 1991
  • MBA, Queen's University, 1997

Larry Thomas Larry Thomas
President & CEO
Primet Precision Materials

Larry Thomas is the President and CEO of Primet Precision Materials, a process technology company focused on meeting the auto industry's need for world-scale production of high-performance battery materials. Larry joined Primet in January, 2008, guiding the company through its transformation from a science experiment in nanotechnology to the world's process technology leader in low-cost production of highly-engineered materials.

A career professional in the specialty chemical industry, Larry has served in a variety of general management and leadership positions at Air Products & Chemicals and Dow Chemical. Throughout, he has created profitable growth strategies in both high-volume mature businesses and new growth platforms through combinations of R&D, external collaborations, licenses and investments. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University.

Larry has served on the Boards of Directors of technology start-ups Solicore (Lakeland, FL), NovaCentrix (Austin, TX) and Nanogate Advanced Materials (Saarbrucken, Germany), and for Lehigh Valley philanthropic organizations Hispanic American Organization and Child Advocacy Center of Lehigh County.

Yucong Wang, Ph.D., FASM Yucong Wang, Ph.D., FASM
Department of Materials Technology General Motors Company

Dr. Yucong Wang is Manager for the Department of Materials Technology in General Motors. He leads GM's materials technical specialist team to develop corporate materials technology strategies and implementation, and support current and advanced product development and manufacturing. Dr. Wang has been working for GM in R&D, advanced manufacturing engineering, quality and product assurance as well as materials engineering since 1990. He received numerous honors and awards in his career, including Fellow of ASM (2004), honorary award from the U.S. Department of Energy as well as the highest technical honor in North American die-casting industry - the Herman H. Doehler Award (2005), and "Asian American Engineer of the Year" (2006)

Dr. Wang has over 50 patents and authored or co-authored over 70 refereed technical publications. He served as president of Detroit Chinese Engineer Association, chairman of ASM Saginaw Valley Chapter, vice-chairman of Tri-City Chinese Association, as well as president, GM Chinese Affinity Group.

Dr. Wang obtained his B.S. and M.S., both in Materials Science and Engineering, from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. He taught in that university for three years before coming to the U.S. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech, and his MBA from CMU. He was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma - honor society for top scholars in AACSB accredited business programs.

Voiko Loukanov, Ph.D. Voiko Loukanov, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
D&V Electronics Ltd.

Voiko Loukanov is the founder and CEO of D&V Electronics, a Canadian capital equipment manufacturer that offers advanced automotive testing systems. Voiko's extensive academic and professional background in electronics R&D lends him credence to becoming a key player in tester development for starters, alternators and traction drives as well as e-motors. Mr. Loukanov has a wide breadth of experience in the fields of electronics, data processing, control systems, process measurements and analysis. As an innovative, dynamic entrepreneur, Voiko Loukanov has brought D&V forward to become a leading supplier of automotive testing equipment within aforementioned markets.

Voiko Loukanov earned his M.Sc. and PhD in Electronics Engineering from the Technical University of Sofia in Bulgaria. During his professorship at University of Sofia, Mr. Loukanov had the honor of teaching Electronics Engineering for a number of years before founding D&V Electronics in Toronto, Canada. Under his academic tenure, he had the opportunity to champion numerous scientific research projects resulting in authorship of 50 published journal articles and 3 notable design patents.

Tom VanderLaan Tom VanderLaan
Vice President, Global Automotive
Remy International

Tom is responsible for the $450M global automotive electric motor, starter and alternator business. He has 25 years experience in the automotive supply base in sales, business development, program management and engineering. Prior to joining Remy International, he held positions at Visteon, AutoNeural Systems, and Delphi.

Tom holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Michigan State Executive MBA Program.

Also, Tom is on the Board of Directors for TG Manufacturing, serves on the OESA Sales Council Board of Governors, and serves as President of the Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit.