Symposium OrganizersMarc Rosenmayr, Ph.D.
Vice President of Program Management
HELLA Electronics Corp. Dr. Marc Rosenmayr has been Vice President of Program Management for both North and South America with HELLA Electronics Corp. since November of 2011 and is responsible for profit & loss (P&L) in these regions and realizing annual sales of $350M. Dr. Rosenmayr supervises acquisitions, developments and launches of all HELLA electronic products in the US, Mexico and Brazil for both passenger car and truck customers. Prior to his current position, Dr. Rosenmayr served HELLA from 2007 to 2011 as Product Director responsible for the product strategy of all HELLA Energy Management and Body Electronics products in NAFTA. Dr. Rosenmayr holds a Doctorate Degree in Engineering as well as a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Rosenmayr currently holds six patents and is an active member with SAE. Don Christian
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Tech Expert
Director of Powertrain Engineering
Coda Automotive Don Christian works as Director of Powertrain Engineering at EV startup Coda Automotive, where he's responsible for design, integration, and test of propulsion and cooling systems. He has engineered power and control systems for crash-tested production passenger cars, combat-tested military tracked vehicles and hybrid wheeled trucks, field-proven agricultural harvesters and aircraft support vehicles, and factory proven autonomous robotic vehicles for clean-room material transport. Mr. Christian is an inventor of 22 US and many foreign patents, and has internationally taught a variety of technical courses and publications. He's a senior member of IEEE and SAE, is an elected Fellow of SME, and is a voting member of SAE's J1772 conductive charging standards task force for plug-in electric vehicles. C. Richard Owens
Assistant Manager - Principal Engineer
Electrical Systems Architecture / Powertrain
Honda R&D Americas Richard Owens currently serves as the Assistant Manager of the Electrical Systems Architecture Powertrain division of Honda R&D Americas. Mr. Owens has worked with Honda in various capacities since 1994. He has over 12 years experience in product design, development and test from concept to mass-production. Mr. Owens has experience with audio systems, telematics, safety systems and power devices. However, he has spent the most recent decade working on electrical powertrain components and batteries. He has also served as the electrical project leader for several year models of the Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline and Acura MDX. Mr. Owens is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Nizar Trigui, Ph.D.
Global Chief Engineer for Sustainable Mobility
Ford Motor Company Nizar Trigui is the Global Chief Engineer for Sustainable Mobility at the Ford Motor Company. He has global corporate responsibility for one of the four Ford product foundation product pillars - "Go Green." Dr. Trigui leads a team of about 400 global employees, accountable for the development and delivery of a coherent global product strategy and business plan, an aligned vehicle platform migration strategy, and supporting commodity plans and technology roadmaps. He is responsible for total vehicle system engineering, the integration of enabling technologies, support of product launches and commercialization. Dr. Trigui joined Ford in 1991 and has held positions in Product Development, Program Management and Manufacturing. As Manager of Advanced Powertrain Engineering, he developed the first Ford Diesel Particulate Filter System to meet EU stage V Emissions and developed the combustion system and control strategies for the Ford EcoBoost engine family, generating several patents in design and control features. In 2000, Dr.Trigui joined Jaguar and Land Rover, leading the effort to develop the state-of-the-art AJ-V8 Gen III family of engines, and in 2004 returned to Ford North America to launch the fourth generation iconic Explorer, generating a "North American Truck of the Year" award nomination. Since 2007, Dr. Trigui has led the Sustainable Mobility effort, establishing the strategy to align the global product cadence, commodity business plans and technology deployment plans to improve engineering efficiency and reduce part/prototype design churn. To date, his organization has delivered a major improvement in the global product fleet's environmental footprint, showroom competitiveness and in brand-favorable perception. The quality of delivery has enabled a substantial improvement in Ford global market share and margins. Dr. Trigui is a graduate of The Ohio State University earning both BSME and MSME degrees, as well as a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Ford Executive Learning Program focusing on Advanced Management and Managing in the Global Economy. He is the recipient of the 2001 Henry Ford Technology Award and the 2010 Alan Gregory Loofbourrow Business Achievement Award. Dr. Byungo Lee
Vehicle Technology Team Manger
US Environmental Protection Agency Dr. Byungho Lee is a Vehicle Technology Team manager at the US Environmental Protection Agency. He is responsible for leading vehicle technology programs to make an assessment on future powertrain and vehicle technologies and their impact on Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in support of developing GHG standards and regulations in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also responsible for leading a vehicle modeling team to develop full vehicle simulation capabilities at EPA to support the future technology assessment. Before joining the US EPA in 2010, Dr. Lee had worked in General Motors in the area of advanced powertrain modeling and controls development. Dr. Lee holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University. David Volker
Global Technical Expert & Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Mass Properties & Weight Engineering
Vehicle Engineering, Product Development
Ford Motor Company David Volker is the global Technical Specialist, Weight Engineering and Mass Properties for Ford Motor Company. He has corporate responsibility for all tools and processes utilized for the reduction and control of mass and mass properties in Ford and Lincoln vehicles worldwide. Mr. Volker leads a global network of experts dedicated to the delivery of mass efficient vehicles with optimized mass properties, including center-of-mass, front-to-rear distribution, payload capacity and trailer tow capacity. He is responsible for global regulatory compliance, certification and homologation masses as well as the corporate mass reduction strategy that enables the delivery of future required fuel economy and emissions levels worldwide. Mr. Volker joined Ford in 1989 and has held positions in Product Development, Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He implemented the analytical methods that allowed the F-Series Truck to attain and maintain class-leading Payload and Trailer Tow, launched the first Product and Value Benchmarking center in support of cost and mass analysis of competitive vehicles and the first fully integrated PD processes for the management of mass and mass properties on a global scale. Mr. Volker also led a team of Climate Control and NVH Six Sigma Black Belts that eliminated 15 corporate weighted TGWs and $20 Million in annual warranty costs. Mr. Volker is a graduate of Wayne State University earning a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Engineering Management. He is also a Level 2 Six Sigma Master Black Belt and certified Six Sigma instructor as well as a multiple patent holder in the areas of Climate Control Systems, Attribute Target Setting, Product Futuring and Customer Satisfaction Analysis. Mr. Volker previously worked for General Dynamics Land Systems and BASF Inmont Division, and is a past Vice President of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Great Lakes Division. Varsha K. Sadekar
Engineering Group Manager
General Motors Co. Dan Boxeth
Global Performance Feel and Fuel Economy Manager
Ford Motor Company Dan Boxeth is the Global Manager for Performance Feel and Fuel Economy at the Ford Motor Company. He has global execution responsibility for one of the four Ford product foundation product pillars - "Go Green." Mr.Boxeth leads a team of about 60 global employees, accountable for the delivery of the global product strategy for performance and fuel economy, an aligned fuel economy technology migration strategy, and supporting commodity plans and technology roadmaps. He is responsible for vehicle energy system optimization and engineering, integration of enabling technologies, support of product launches and commercialization. Mr. Boxeth joined Ford in 1992 and has held positions in Product Development, Product Planning and Program Management. He led the development some of the new technologies in the new 2013 MY Ford Fusion, like Ford's first automatic transmission start stop system and full face AGS system. He has also led development of global performance and performance feel requirements as part the globalization of Product Development at Ford. Since 2011, Mr. Boxeth has led the globalization of performance and fuel economy engineering process, methods, and tools to support the Product Strategy and Sustainable Mobility efforts. To date, his organization has reshaped how the company manages energy consumption including an overhaul of the weight management and electrical energy management processes to support improved fuel economy while maintaining fun to drive. The improvements have supported successful execution of the EcoBoost technology which is one of the cornerstones of Ford Motor Company's global product and sustainability strategy. Mr. Boxeth is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (BS) and University of Michigan (MS) in Mechanical Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ford Motor Company Diversity and Inclusion Award.