SAE 2015 Government/Industry Meeting

January 21-23, 2015

Washington, D.C., USA

Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Plenary Session

Thursday, January 22
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Future Vehicles: Integrating Safety, Environment and Technology In this plenary discussion, experts will discuss the future state of vehicle development based upon challenges that will be faced in implementing future technologies on a mass deployment basis in 5,10 and 15 years. What will the active driver assist systems (ADAS) look like and how will it be integrated in the future powertrain to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Do consumer understand these technologies and their value proposition? Will a systems perspective be needed from these technologies in order to meet 54.5mpg? What will be the role of regulation and standards in enabling the application and implementation of these technologies? This panel will also address additional challenges such as consumer acceptance, costs benefits, the role of car dealers in future vehicles and dealing with unintended consequences of technology.


Joe White Joe White
Transportation Editor

Joseph White is Transportation Editor for Reuters, based in the Detroit bureau.

Mr. White joined Reuters in January 2015 as editor overseeing coverage of the auto, airline and rail industries. He joined Reuters after a 27-year career at the Wall Street Journal. Mr. White joined the Journal in July 1987 as a reporter in Detroit and became deputy bureau chief in July 1990. He moved to Brussels in August 1994 as news editor and chief of correspondents for The Wall Street Journal Europe. He returned to Detroit in 1996 and In November 1998 was named bureau chief in Detroit. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. White worked in the Journal's Washington, D.C. bureau as an editor overseeing coverage of business regulation and energy policy.

In 1993, Mr. White and then Detroit bureau chief Paul Ingrassia were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting for their 1992 coverage of the management turmoil at General Motors Corp. They also received a 1993 Gerald Loeb Award in the deadline/beat writing category for their General Motors coverage.

Mr. White began his journalism career as a reporter with the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown, Mass. He joined the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times as a reporter in 1982 and moved to the Connecticut Law Tribune as a reporter in the Hartford bureau in 1986.

Mr. White and Mr. Ingrassia's book, "Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry," was published by Simon & Schuster in September 1994.

Born in New York City, Mr. White received a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University.


John Bozzella John Bozzella
President & CEO
Global Automakers

John Bozzella, a veteran auto industry executive, is the new president and CEO of Global Automakers, effective April 1, 2014. Since 2009, he served as a Senior Operating Executive for Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, LLC, where he worked with the firm and its portfolio companies on a range of public policy and economic development matters.

John served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy at Chrysler Group in 2009, and Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009. In this capacity, he mobilized government support to significantly restructure Chrysler.

At Chrysler, John worked closely with the federal government and other automakers on a substantial advanced technology vehicle loan program and on the development of new fuel economy standards. In addition, he worked with state governments to gain funding for restructuring, training and development.

From 2005 to 2007, John spent two years with DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy for the Americas. John was with Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2005 in positions in public policy, and government and community relations, and labor relations.

Prior to joining the automotive industry, John served as New York City's director of state legislative affairs under Mayor David N. Dinkins. He began his career in public policy as the Director of Legislative and Political Action for the United Federation of Teachers. John is a graduate of Cornell University.

John DeCicco John DeCicco
Research Professor, Energy Institute
University of Michigan

John M. DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) where his work examines transportation energy use and its associated climate mitigation challenges. His research addresses vehicle-fuel systems, petroleum demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transportation energy policy as well as broader issues related to national energy and climate strategies.

Prof. DeCicco's past studies of vehicle efficiency were instrumental in establishing the technical basis for updates to automobile fuel economy and GHG emissions standards. He pioneered consumer-oriented green car ratings in the United States by developing original evaluation methodologies, serving as the first author of ACEEE's Green Book (launched in 1998), and most recently starting Current areas of focus include fuel-related CO2 emissions, particularly the methodological challenges that surround policies for liquid transportation fuels including biofuels, and the role of automated mobility systems in addressing the sector's energy challenges. Prof. DeCicco sits on the executive committee of the university's Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) and also directs the University of Michigan Energy Survey.

Previously, DeCicco was senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF, 2001-2009) and transportation director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE, 1990-2000). He has three books and over 100 published papers, reports, and formal public comments to his credit, and holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University.

Anne Ferro Anne Ferro
President & CEO
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Anne S. Ferro was named President & CEO of AAMVA in September 2014 after a 5-year assignment as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In her AAMVA role, Ferro leads the North American association that provides solutions and services to government agencies in the United States and Canada who are responsible for driver licensing, vehicle registration & title services, and traffic law enforcement. Through best practices, model programs, and a state of the art technology network that connects its members, the association supports member agencies to deliver safe drivers, safe vehicles, and secure identities.

In addition to leading the continued improvement of core member services, Ferro is providing strategic direction to AAMVA's key initiatives, including creating a technology solution for driver licensing authorities in the United States to ensure every driver can only have one license and driving record; developing a mechanism for government partners and businesses to validate a driver license when they accept it for identity purposes; and expanding public access to the national title car title system that protects consumers and fights fraud in the used-vehicle market.

Before joining AAMVA, Ferro was the longest serving Administrator of FMCSA after being appointed by President Obama in 2009. As Administrator, Ferro led the agency's aggressive efforts to strengthen motor carrier safety and is credited with raising the safety bar for the industry's operations across the country. Under her leadership, FMCSA implemented key measures, such as limiting the risk of tired truck drivers behind the wheel and prohibiting commercial drivers from texting or talking on hand-held mobile devices while driving. Ferro has strengthened the agency's partnerships with state and local governments to leverage aggressive, data-driven enforcement leading to the most dramatic reduction of industry violation rates in over a decade.

Ferro championed an agency-wide response to make FMCSA a great place to work in the Federal government for its 1,100 employees nation-wide. These efforts have resulted in FMCSA ranking first in 2012 in the Department of Transportation on the Office of Personnel Management Job Satisfaction index.

Prior to her appointment to FMCSA, Ferro led the Maryland Motor Truck Association as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2009; served as the State of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Associate Administrator and Administrator from 1992 to 2003; and served as fiscal counsel to the Maryland General Assembly from 1986-1992. She received a B.A. from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa. Upon her return to the U.S., she earned a Master's in Public Management from the University of Maryland.

Reuben Sarkar Reuben Sarkar
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Reuben Sarkar is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, He oversees EERE's Sustainable Transportation sector, which includes the Vehicle, Fuel Cell, and Bioenergy Technologies offices, all with a focus to reduce our oil dependence, avoid pollution, and create jobs by designing and manufacturing alternatives to petroleum fuels and more energy efficient cars and trucks. Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Sarkar was leading business development and strategy for Proterra, a manufacturer of electric buses and fast charging stations, with prior leadership roles in engineering. Previously, he worked at General Motors where his most recent role was as the lead design release engineer on the first generation electric drive system of the Volt. Reuben holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering, as well as an MBA all from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Ravi Shanker Ravi Shanker
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley Research

Ravi Shanker is an executive director and lead analyst covering the North American Autos & Auto-Related industry. Ravi joined Morgan Stanley's global Autos team in 2004 as a research associate before picking up lead coverage of NA Autos in 2009. Ravi holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Management (Finance) degrees from the University of Mumbai, India. Ravi has been recognized by The Financial Times/StarMine as a top-10 stock picker, and been named a "Rising Star" by Institutional Investor.

Dan Smith Dan Smith
Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety

Dan 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 for the collection, analysis and dissemination of all highway safety data. Dan received a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive in 2010.

Dan headed the team that developed the technical support for the agency's decision to move forward on vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) in 2014, and later that year signed the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that began implementation of that decision. Dan led the development of and was the primary author of NHTSA's Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles in 2013.

Dan's current activities include developing the agency's next steps on active crash avoidance technologies such as automatic braking, overseeing research on vehicle electronics and battery technology, managing the development of various rulemaking actions (including the second phase of the agency's medium and heavy vehicle fuel economy standards), participating actively in regulatory harmonization efforts, providing executive direction of a number of enforcement investigations, and overseeing the agency's long-term data modernization efforts.

Dan served as the Associate Administrator for Enforcement at NHTSA from October 2005 until 2010. He provided executive leadership over hundreds of successful investigations involving noncompliant or defective vehicles and equipment that resulted in recalls; collection of penalties for violations of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; the agency's thorough study of and report on unintended acceleration; and the conduct of criminal investigations of odometer fraud violations.

In 2009, Dan led a NHTSA-wide team that developed and implemented the Car Allowance Rebate System (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 significantly 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 graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law 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 21 - 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Public Polling Presentation:

Mitch Bainwol Mitch Bainwol
President & 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.

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 serves on the board of the Bryce Harlow Foundation among others.

Wednesday Featured Keynote Speaker:

Mark Rosekind Mark Rosekind

Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on December 22, 2014. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Administrator Rosekind is a passionate safety professional dedicated to enhancing transportation safety for the traveling public. In his role as Administrator, Dr. Rosekind will pursue NHTSA's core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes through all of the tools at NHTSA's disposal-including enforcement authority, public awareness campaigns, support of technical innovation, and research into human behavior.

Before becoming NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Rosekind served as the 40th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He was nominated to the NTSB by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was the on-scene Board Member for seven major transportation accidents and participated in numerous NTSB public events on diverse safety topics. Dr. Rosekind advanced the agency's advocacy goals on substance-impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety, and rail mass transit.

Administrator Rosekind is an internationally recognized expert on human fatigue, credited with leading the field in innovative research and implementing programs in all modes of transportation. His work has been widely published, and his awards include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and six other NASA group/team awards; the Mark O. Hatfield Award for Public Policy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; two Flight Safety Foundation honors: the President's Citation for Outstanding Safety Leadership and the Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award; and Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, Dr. Rosekind founded Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that specialized in fatigue management, and served as the company's first President and Chief Scientist. He previously directed the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at the NASA Ames Research Center and was chief of the Aviation Operations Branch in the Flight Management and Human Factors Division. He launched his professional career as the Director of the Center for Human Sleep Research at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders and Research Center.

Administrator Rosekind earned his A.B. with Honors from Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School.

Dr. Rosekind is married and has two children.

Friday, January 23 - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Mike Carr Mike Carr
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of EERE
U.S. Department of Energy

In his role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of EERE, Mike provides leadership direction on cross-cutting activities in EERE's portfolio. In particular, he is using his experience in policy development to help ensure that EERE's activities align with national priorities and that policymakers have the best information possible about the opportunities presented by the EERE technology portfolio.

Since 1996, Mike has advised on law and policy both inside and outside of government, with a particular specialization in environment and natural resources law. Prior to taking on the Principal Deputy position, from 2004 to June 2012 Mike served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. His portfolio primarily focused on technology development programs, including vehicle technology as well as financing and early commercialization of emergent energy and energy efficiency technologies. In that influential role, he conducted significant work drafting and guiding legislation through Congress that now directs major Department of Energy programs and efforts.

Mike holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder

Lunch Speakers

Wednesday, January 21 - 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Janet McCabe Janet McCabe
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environment Protection Agency

Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as OAR's Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator. Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, 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, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.

Thursday, January 22 - 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Scott F. Belcher Scott F. Belcher
Chief Executive Officer
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). He is responsible for managing TIA's overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC. Scott serves on the Boards of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the University of Redlands Alumni Association. He serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands.

Pre-Registration for lunch tickets is strongly encouraged.

Cost per lunch ticket is $50

Paid SAE Members and Non-Member categories (package 1) will receive one (1) lunch ticket for Wednesday and Thursday with their registration.

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.