SAE 2017 Government/Industry Meeting

January 25-27, 2017

Washington, D.C., USA

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Featured Speakers

Christopher Grundler Christopher Grundler
Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Wednesday, January 25
9:00 am -10:00 am, Room 146 AB

Christopher Grundler is the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 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. OTAQ is continuously evaluating a wide variety of advanced technology strategies that have the potential to reduce harmful emissions and fuel consumption. Grundler holds a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Amy Myers Jaffe Amy Myers Jaffe
Executive Director, Energy and Sustainability
University of California, Davis

Wednesday, January 25
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Ballroom B

"Innovative Technology vs. Low Oil Prices: The Battle for the Future of Transportation in the New Millennium"—Computer-assisted technological innovation is radically changing the face of transportation, opening the possibility that government policy and emerging technology such as partially automated vehicles, digitally assisted logistics, and mobility services could dramatically alter the need for oil in transportation. But the geopolitics of lessening the need for oil could produce surprising results, such as incredibly low oil prices that will tempt consumers back to traditional technologies. Amy Myers Jaffe discusses the changing face of transportation and how the U.S. might protect the gains that have been made in advanced vehicles, ride sharing, and climate policy.

Amy Myers Jaffe is an expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as Executive Director for Energy and Sustainability at University of California, Davis and Senior Advisor on energy and sustainability at the Office of the Chief Investment Officer, University of California Regents. She is also a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Prior to joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as founding director of the Energy Forum at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe is widely published, including as co-author of “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” and co-editor of “Natural Gas and Geopolitics from 1970 to 2040.” She currently serves as a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council and chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil and Gas with the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Doug Sosnik Doug Sosnik
Former White House Advisor

Thursday, January 26
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Ballroom B

Having served as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton for six years, Doug Sosnik played a key role in the policy, strategy, and communications decisions made during the Clinton administration’s tenure. A consummate Washington insider and contributor to TV and digital news outlets including Politico, his speeches draw on many years spent in the political arena to take audiences inside the White House and behind the closed doors of Capitol Hill’s most powerful offices. Sosnik’s vast experience as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, White House political director, and Deputy Legislative Director allow him to advise prominent clients on leadership, adaptability, crisis management, and strategic planning. He currently advises U.S. Fortune 100 corporations as well as political candidates, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists. A graduate of Duke University, Sosnik is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling book "Applebee's America: What Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Can Learn from Each Other."

Nathaniel Beuse Nathaniel Beuse
Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Friday, January 27
9:00 am - 10:00 am, Room 146 AB

Nathaniel Beuse works as the Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is responsible for NHTSA’s vehicle safety research activities that are focused on achieving the agency’s mission of reducing fatalities and injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. This includes developing and conducting research on vehicle automation, cybersecurity, vehicle connectivity, and vehicle crash safety. Results of the research program support federal motor vehicle safety standards, consumer information programs, guidelines, and advance the state of the art on wide variety of vehicle programs. He is also responsible for the Vehicle Research and Test Center where a significant amount of laboratory testing and analysis occur. Prior to this role, Beuse worked as the Office Director for Crash Avoidance Rulemaking. Beuse has published and presented several technical papers dealing with occupant safety, consumer information, and vehicle design. He received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Marquette University.



Executive Leaders
  • Mitsubishi

Platinum Sponsors
  • Toyota

Gold Sponsors
  • Auto Alliance

Silver Sponsors
  • Bosch
  • Volkswagen

Bronze Sponsors
  • American Chemistry Council
  • Delphi
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Nissan
  • Novation

Conference Supporters
  • United States Department of Energy
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency

Friends of the Industry
  • Achates Power
  • Ameca
  • Automotive Safety Council
  • Borgwarner
  • Daimler
  • Diesel Tech
  • FCA Group
  • Ford
  • Global Automakers
  • General Motors
  • Magna
  • Mazda
  • Meca
  • MEMA
  • Subaru
  • Spirent
  • Takata
  • Westat
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