SAE 2014 Government/Industry Meeting

January 22-24, 2014

Washington, D.C., USA

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Special Events

Plenary Session

Wednesday, January 22
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 145 AB

This year's plenary session will focus on the theme of "Continuing Collaboration for the Protection of all Road Users and the Environment". Government and industry efforts to foster collaboration on all aspects of vehicle safety and environmental issues have made great progress, but there is much left to be done. Panelists will discuss the challenges in these areas that lay ahead and the opportunities as well as barriers that exist to identify and work on these issues together. We anticipate a moderator to be confirmed within the next two weeks.

Jason Stein Gabe Nelson, Reporter, Automotive News

Gabe Nelson is the Washington correspondent for Automotive News, covering government policy as it affects the auto industry. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and English. Before joining Automotive News in 2012, Gabe was a reporter at Greenwire, a trade publication, where he covered environmental and energy policy. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Alberto Ayala Alberto Ayala, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Alberto Ayala was appointed as Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board at the end of 2012. In this capacity, Alberto is responsible for the Board's ambient monitoring and laboratories and mobile source control and operations programs. Alberto became a member of CARB's Research staff in 2000 and has since held various management assignments in programs such as Carl Moyer Incentives, AB 32 early actions, mobile refrigerant rules, diesel retrofits, and car, truck, and bus emissions research. Most recently he served as Chief of the Monitoring and Laboratory Division.

Alberto oversees the full range of policy, regulatory, and research efforts of over 400 professionals focused on achieving CARB's goals for clean, zero-emission, and low-carbon transportation; state-of-the-art monitoring for air and climate pollution; and a widely recognized motor vehicle emissions and fuels testing program. He contributed to the first car GHG emissions regulation in 2004 and is now directing one of CARB's most important efforts, the advanced clean cars program.

Prior to CARB, Alberto was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he now holds an adjunct appointment, and was an ordnance system design engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. His internships were with GE, the California Energy Commission, and the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at UC Davis. He has published extensively; been a speaker nationally and internationally, and lectured as a Visiting Professor in California and abroad.

Mitch Bainwol Mitch Bainwol, President and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing automakers in the United States.

The Alliance represents 12 automakers including BMW Group, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. Bainwol joined the Alliance in September 2011.

Bainwol is a strong advocate of automobility, manufacturing and auto industry jobs. "Autos drive America. We depend on cars for everything, from getting to work to going on family vacations; autos simply are interwoven in the fabric of American life. When you think about it, just about every car trip ends with either an economic transaction or some other benefit," said Bainwol. "There's a core belief that the destiny of this industry and the destiny of this country are linked, that we must have a vibrant manufacturing sector. There's no more important component to a vibrant manufacturing sector than the making of automobiles."

Bainwol previously served as President and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the nation's major music labels. During his eight years at RIAA (2003-2011), the music industry transformed to meet the new digital world, and Bainwol helped lead the music industry's campaigns to curb piracy, protecting intellectual property rights and securing needed Congressional reforms such as the PRO-IP Act, which updates the nation's anti-piracy laws. Bainwol also helped revitalize a coalition of music organizations that worked together on industry issues.

Bainwol came to the recording industry after a 25-year-long career in federal policymaking and politics. During his Capitol Hill time, Bainwol was chief of staff to two United States Senators, two political committees and several Senate leadership offices. He is also widely recognized for his campaign capabilities. Bainwol began his career as a budget analyst in President Ronald Reagan's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Washington Post called Mr. Bainwol a "Top D.C. Lobbyist and Man in Demand." Capitol Hill's Roll Call newspaper included him as one of the 50 most influential "politicos" in Washington. Campaigns and Elections magazine named him a "Mover and Shaker." Mr. Bainwol was born in Munich where his father was stationed. He grew up in Germany, the Canal Zone, Maryland, and Thailand before graduating from Frankfurt American High School. He obtained an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Rice University.

Bainwol serves on the boards of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the Bryce Harlow Foundation among others. He and his wife, Susan, have three children.

Tomiji Sugimoto Tomiji Sugimoto, Executive General Manager, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr. Tomiji Sugimoto serves as an Executive General Manager with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.

He is charged with Environment and Safety Planning in Corporate Planning Division at Headquarter of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Prior to this position, Mr. Sugimoto was an Executive Chief Engineer at the Automotive R&D Center in Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Tochigi, with responsibility for technology PR by October 2009, Mr. Sugimoto was a Vice President with Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) based in Southfield, Michigan, with responsibility for the Automobile Technology Research Division from 2005 to March 2009. Prior to joining HRA, Mr. Sugimoto was a Senior Chief Engineer with Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in charge of safety technology for Honda since 2001. In that role, he also had oversight of Honda's state-of-the-art Omni-directional Crash Test Safety Facility in Tochigi, Japan. Mr. Sugimoto first became engaged in Honda's crash safety technology development efforts in 1978. He joined Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 1977 and transferred to Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in 1978. For the next six years he played a major role in the research and development of Honda's air bag technologies. From 1985-89 Mr. Sugimoto worked at Honda R&D North America (Now Honda R&D Americas) in Torrance, California where he was actively involved in the effort to develop and introduce airbag technology in Honda and Acura automobiles in North America. Returning to Honda R&D Co. in Japan in 1989, he continued work in the safety area. In 1992 he was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1992 and became Manager of the Crash Safety Research Division 1994, where Honda has focused much of its efforts to improve passive safety technologies and including air bag systems and body structure developments. Mr. Sugimoto received the Pathfinder Award from Automotive Safety Council in 2012 due to his effort for Safety Activity.

Mr. Sugimoto was appointed as a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Fellow at the SAE World Congress in 2008 for his role in the development of Honda's advanced body structure and airbag systems. His research earned the Award for Safety Engineering Excellence from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the Amsterdam ESV Conference in 2001. He also has won the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE) Award. He has played a major role in industry efforts to establish the SAE Pedestrian Dummy Standard. His published articles with the JSAE include "Research of occupant injuries in frontal collisions between passenger cars"; "Innovative Body Structure for the Self Protection of a Small Car in a Frontal Vehicle-to-Vehicle Collision"; "Study of the test procedure for offset crash"; and "A Trend of SRS Air Bag System". He also served in a number of important industry organizations, including as chairman of the Traffic Accidents Analysis Experts Group of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Mr. Sugimoto graduated in 1977 from Aoyama Gakukin University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Christopher Grundler Chris Grundler, Director, Transportation & Air Quality, US EPA

Christopher Grundler is the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to being appointed Director, he served as the Deputy Office Director and Chief Executive of the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and a staff of nearly 400 employees strive to protect public health and the environment by reducing air pollution from transportation vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them.

Grundler and his team establish and implement national emissions standards for transportation fuels and vehicles, as well as a variety of off road equipment. These mobile sources include cars and light trucks, heavy trucks and buses, nonroad engines, marine vessels, and airplanes. OTAQ is also responsible for implementing important aspects of the Energy Independence and Security Act, including establishing national renewable fuel standards. OTAQ is continuously evaluating a wide variety of advanced technology strategies which have the potential to reduce harmful emissions and fuel consumption.

Since joining EPA in 1980, Mr. Grundler has held a number of senior leadership positions within the Agency including Director of the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement and Director of the Great Lakes National Program Office. Mr. Grundler has also served at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped create the Department's first environmental audit program. Mr. Grundler has been awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, EPA's highest honor. In 2008 he received the Presidential Award for Meritorious Senior Executives.

Mr. Grundler was part of the team that developed the nation's first greenhouse gas emission standards for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Prior to that, he helped bring a slate of clean diesel standards for cars, trucks, and construction equipment. In addition, he administered a five year modernization program for EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, the nation's premier facility for testing and evaluating clean automotive technology.

Mr. Grundler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan for which he is an avid sports enthusiast. He was raised in Michigan and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Daniel C. Smith Dan Smith, Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety, NHTSA

Daniel Smith is the Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a position he has held since October 2010. His office is responsible for rulemaking, research, and enforcement in the areas of vehicle safety and fuel economy and the collection, analysis and dissemination of all highway safety data. Dan received a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive in 2010.

Dan served as the Associate Administrator for Enforcement at NHTSA for the preceding five years. In that job he provided executive leadership to offices responsible for assuring compliance with the federal motor vehicle safety standards through crash tests and other methods; investigating possible defects in motor vehicles and equipment; ensuring that safety recalls occur; collecting penalties for violations of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; conducting criminal investigations of odometer fraud violations; and implementing the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). He has managed hundreds of successful investigations involving noncompliant or defective vehicles and equipment (including tires and child seats) that resulted in recalls.

In 2009, Dan led a NHTSA-wide team that developed and implemented the CARS program (known popularly as "Cash for Clunkers") within 30 days of enactment of the authorizing statute; processed nearly 700,000 transactions worth nearly $3 billion in 30 days; and paid over 99% of valid claims in the next 30 days. The program provided a significant boost to the nation's economy at a critical time and ensured the replacement of nearly 700,000 gas guzzling vehicles by more fuel-efficient models.

Just before joining NHTSA, Dan was the Associate Administrator for Safety at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). He provided leadership for the entire railroad safety program, including regulatory development, safety inspection, accident investigation, and enforcement actions. He led the development of the Rail Safety Action Plan, a comprehensive response to critical safety issues that reduced train accidents when implemented. Dan spent most of his 27 years at FRA as an attorney, first as a trial attorney and, for 13 years, as the Assistant Chief Counsel for Safety. In that role he managed a large division of lawyers that handled enforcement, rulemaking, litigation, and legislation for the safety program.

Dan attended law school at the University of San Diego and has a master's degree (from the University of Wisconsin) and bachelor's degree (University of Detroit) in political science. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia bar associations.

Breakfast Speakers

Wednesday, January 22
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Victor Mendez Victor Mendez, Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Victor Mendez is serving as the Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation. As Acting Deputy Secretary, Mendez is the Department of Transportation's chief operating officer with responsibility for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 DOT employees nationwide and overseas. Mendez is focused on transportation's key role in economic development and providing the foundation for America's future prosperity.

On July 17, 2009, Victor Mendez was sworn in as the Federal Highway Administrator - the 18th person to hold the position. In this role, he oversees the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2,900 employees in Washington and field offices across the country and provides executive guidance on strategic initiatives and policy.

As FHWA Administrator, Mendez directed the Agency's implementation of President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which made $26.6 billion available for bridge and highway projects across the country, helped revitalize the Nation's infrastructure and created jobs through more than 13,000 projects. Under his watch, states met all milestones outlined in the Act, which were very ambitious. In addition to putting people back to work, these projects helped make communities safer, greener, more livable, less congested and economically stronger.

Administrator Mendez parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative. He launched EDC early in his tenure - November 2009 - and identified three areas for initial focus: Shortening Project Delivery, Accelerating Technology and Innovation Deployment, and FHWA's Going Greener initiative, which is focused on how the Agency can improve the environment through internal operations. EDC gives states a range of tools to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective - all while drawing upon new and established technologies and working within current legal requirements. Prior to joining FHWA, Mendez served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Previously, Mendez served as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience, having worked at ADOT since 1985. As Director, Mendez worked to improve the Agency's customer service in its highway and motor vehicle divisions. Under his leadership, ADOT built the Regional Freeway System in the Phoenix area six years ahead of schedule and consistently delivered statewide construction programs on time.

In 2006, Mendez was elected president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, its national counterpart. He chaired its Standing Committee on Research, the Operations Council of the Standing Committee on Highways, and the oversight group for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Long-Term Pavement Performance program.

Mendez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University.

Friday, January 24
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Janet McCabe Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation

Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as the OAR's Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator. Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, Janet McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids' Environment, Inc., a children's environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. From 1993 to 2005, Ms. McCabe held several leadership positions in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Office of Air Quality and was the office's Assistant Commissioner from 1998 to 2005. Before coming to Indiana in 1993, Ms. McCabe served as Assistant Attorney General for environmental protection for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review. Ms. McCabe grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

Lunch Speakers

Wednesday, January 22
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Room 150 AB

David Friedman David Friedman, Deputy Administrator, NHTSA

David J. Friedman was sworn in as the Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 15, 2013.

As Deputy Administrator, Mr. Friedman is NHTSA's chief operating officer with responsibility for day-to-day operations of the agency's Traffic Injury Control and Vehicle Safety offices and the work of more than 600 NHTSA employees nationwide. In addition, he assists the Administrator in the execution of the agency's mission to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.

Before becoming NHTSA's deputy administrator, Mr. Friedman worked for 12 years at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a senior engineer, research director, and finally as the deputy director of the clean vehicles program co-managing an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, advocates, and outreach specialists. Mr. Friedman engaged in research and policy issues regarding conventional fuel economy technology, mass-size-safety interactions, and the energy and environmental impacts of hybrid, battery, and fuel cell electric vehicles. In 2007, his team's efforts on fuel economy helped lead to the first legislative increase in NHTSA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards since their creation in 1975. In recognition of that and other work, Mr. Friedman was named an Automotive News All-Star and one of Washingtonian Magazine's 30 People Changing the Environment in Washington in 2008.

Between 2006 and 2011, Mr. Friedman served on several National Academies committees covering the topics of fuel economy, low-rolling resistance tires, and both fuel cell and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. He also served on the Energy Secretary's Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining UCS in 2001, Mr. Friedman worked for the University of California, Davis, in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling Program and also volunteered on the UC Davis FutureCar team that built a plug-in hybrid electric family car that doubled its fuel economy.

A Rhode Island native, Mr. Friedman earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at the University of California, Davis, with a focus on modeling and optimizing automotive fuel cell vehicle systems and their fuel efficiency.

Mr. Friedman, his wife Betsy, and their son live in Arlington, Virginia.

Thursday, January 23
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 150 AB

Frank Markus Frank Markus, Technical Director, Motor Trend

Frank Markus began evaluating cars as a five-year-old by begging for rides home from church with various parishioners each week. He got his first taste of driving other people's new cars for money at the age of 16, working at an Oldsmobile dealership in Memphis, Tennessee. He discovered he liked driving lots of new cars without paying for them, so he sought employment in the car biz. With two mechanical engineering degrees, he set about helping to design the Chryslers that rose from the K-car's ashes, including the Neon, the original LH cars, and the second-generation minivan before running away to join the automotive circus at Car and Driver magazine. Motor Trend lured Frank away in 2003, and ever since he's toiled to ferret out all technical errors of fact and logic in the brand's many outlets. He also strives to inform readers about the latest developments that promise a bright future for auto mobility through his monthly Technologue column. The cars Frank pays to own and drive are all vintage and sporty, including a 1967 Sunbeam Alpine roadster and a 1967 Maserati Ghibli coupe. If the tree in front of his garage ever dies, freeing real estate for an extension, he plans to indulge his station-wagon fetish, preferably with a late '60s big-block Chevy.

Luncheon Cost: $50
All paid SAE Members and Non-Member categories (package 1 categories) will receive one (1) lunch ticket for Wednesday and Thursday luncheons with their registrations. Government Employee Tickets are $20 (one ticket per Government Employee). Government ID required. Students admitted at no charge (one ticket per student). Full-time ID required.