Event Speakers

Chris Atkinson Chris Atkinson
Founder - Atkinson LLC

Chris Atkinson is the founder of Atkinson LLC, a consultancy in the area of advanced engine technology. He holds the degrees of B.Sc. Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, South Africa (1983), MSME from West Virginia University (1987) and Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (1991). He held the rank of professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University until 2012. His interests lie in the areas of advanced engine control, fuel efficiency improvements, emissions reduction, alternative fuel utilization, and hybrid electric vehicle development. He has conducted research on behalf of a number of government agencies and automotive companies, has authored 23 archival journal publications and over 65 conference presentations, and is co-inventor on two US patents. He has received awards for research and teaching from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has received funding support from a number of automotive companies, diesel engine manufacturers and Tier 1 parts suppliers, in addition to several federal and state agencies. For several years he was a member of the advisory board of a major international engine research center, in addition to currently advising an engine start-up company.

Tom Brotherton Tom Brotherton
Regional Director - CALSTART

Tom is responsible for program management of CALSTART advanced vehicle technology development and incentive projects. Current work includes managing voucher incentive projects for advanced technology trucks in California and New York, and developing a truck technology roadmap for the California Energy Commission. Tom works from CALSTART's Colorado office in Lakewood, CO.

Tom was Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office for 10 years. Tom has also taught Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Architecture-Engineering firms.

Tom has a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton (1982), and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1986). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.

Matthew Brusstar Matthew Brusstar
Center Director - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Matt Brusstar is the Director of the Advanced Powertrain Center at EPA's National Center for Advanced Technology in Ann Arbor, where he is leading the research, development and assessment of new and emerging automotive technologies. Matt has been with the U. S. EPA for nearly fourteen years, focusing mainly on advanced engine research, alternative fuels and hybrids, where he has produced several publications, presentations and patents. Prior to EPA, he worked in the automotive, power generation and aerospace industries. Matt holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Paul Chambon Paul Chambon
Research Engineer - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Paul Chambon is a research engineer with the Energy and Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). After graduation from Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, and Imperial College, London, U.K., in 1997, Paul joined Ricardo's Controls and Electronics group in England and in the U.S., before moving on to AVL. Over those years, he developed many control systems for various technology demonstrators in the fields of gasoline and diesel engines, hybrid powertrains and active drivelines. Since joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2009, Paul has focused on hybrid powertrain research. Through the years and variety of applications, Paul has gained significant experience with simulation tools, control techniques, Hardware-In-the-Loop and rapid prototyping controllers to demonstrate advanced technologies on powertrain test cells as well as actual vehicles.

Satish Chandra Satish Chandra
Director - Advanced System Integration - Cummins Inc.

Satish Chandra is the Director - Advanced System Integration department in the Research and Technology (R&T) division of Cummins Technical Center (CTC). He is currently leading a team focused on the Waste Heat Recovery efforts for on-highway heavy duty automotive application. This project builds upon the several years of prior WHR work at Cummins and is partly funded by the Department of Energy's SuperTruck program. Mr. Chandra holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He has extensive industry experience and has held significant roles at Cummins in the past in research, new product introduction, manufacturing quality, and, in functional leadership.

Mark Cooper Mark Cooper
Senior Research Engineer at Chevron Oronite Company LLC

Mark has a BSME from Texas A&M University. Mark worked at Southwest Research Institute for 5 years overseeing a variety of projects relating to automotive engine lubricant evaluation, driveline component, and coolant evaluation, including standardized industry tests and proprietary testing.

Since 1989 Mark has worked for Chevron Oronite Company in all areas related to engine lubricants, including additive technology development, engine oil formulating, field testing, industry engine lubricant tests, and proprietary engine lubricant evaluations. Mark's work touches all areas of engine lubricant performance including wear, deposit formation, oxidation, viscosity increase, fuel economy and exhaust after treatment.

Mihai Dorobantu Mihai Dorobantu
Director, Vehicle Technologies and Innovation - Eaton

Mihai "Mike" Dorobantu is with Eaton since 2005, currently serving as Director, Vehicle Technologies and Innovation, where he is responsible for the Vehicle Group's advanced R&D portfolio and driving its technology-based innovation. Prior to this assignment he was with the corporate Innovation Center leading the controls department. Prior to Eaton he led controls, modeling and simulation at the United Technologies Research Center, and before that he worked in the technical computing industry. His background is modeling and simulation of engineering and physical processes and holds a PhD from Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Zoran Filip Zoran Filip
Professor - ICAR

Dr. Zoran Filipi is the Professor and Timken Endowed Chair in Vehicle System Design at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) since January 2012. He was with the University of Michigan between 1994 and 2011, where he rose to the rank of Research Professor, and served as the director of the Center for Engineering Excellence through Hybrid Technology and the deputy director of the Automotive Research Center, a U.S. Army Center of Excellence for modeling and simulation of ground vehicles. Prof. Filipi received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Belgrade in 1992. His main research interests are advanced IC engine concepts, alternative fuels, alternative and hybrid powertrain systems, and energy for transportation. He published over 140 papers in international journals and refereed conference proceedings, and holds three patents. Dr. Filipi is an SAE Fellow, and the recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award (2009), the IMechE Donald Julius Groen Award (2010), IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering Best Paper Award (2012), and the UofM Research Faculty Achievement Award (2010).

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David Johnson David Johnson
President &CEO - Achates Power

David Johnson joined Achates Power, Inc. in August 2008 as president and CEO. Johnson is utilizing his 20 years of industry experience to accelerate development of revolutionary internal combustion engines that provide superior fuel efficiency at lower cost and, ultimately, further the company's goal of enabling a more sustainable future. He is responsible for technical, commercial and business development as well as sales, financials and operations. Johnson also serves as a member of the Achates Power board of directors.

Johnson was previously vice president of product operations for military and export markets at Navistar. As program manager for the MaxxPro™ line of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles, he delivered the vehicles in record time and record quantities for deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan to better protect U.S. soldiers.

Prior to Navistar, Johnson worked for General Motors and Ford Motor Company. At GM, he was program manager and chief engineer for multiple clean-diesel engine programs for Opel, Saab and Renault passenger vehicles. At Ford Motor Company, Johnson led the development and launch of the SuperDuty, equipped with an all-new diesel engine. This remains the highest volume diesel-powered pickup truck on the market.

Johnson earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

Volker Kegel Volker Kegel
Engineer Advanced Engineering - John Deere Werke Mannheim

Volker holds a Diploma in Physics from Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He joined John Deere in 2010 working for the Advanced Engineering department of John Deere Werke Mannheim. He is working on hybridization and electrification projects.

C. Christopher Kellum C. Christopher Kellum
Supervisor of Product Engineering - John Deere

Chris Kellum is a Supervisor of Product Engineering working for John Deere in Waterloo, IA where he leads a group developing technology for high levels of automation in tractors. Prior to his current assignment, he was a development lead for drivetrain controls on large tractors. Before joining John Deere in 2008, he worked in the automotive industry focused on active safety, driver assistance, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Systems. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University.

Tobias Knichel Tobias Knichel
Commercial Manager - Flybrid Automotive Ltd

Tobias Knichel is the Commercial Manager at Flybrid. In his current role Tobias is responsible for Marketing, Sales and the Project Management of all internal and external Flybrid projects. Tobias has a strong engineering background, having previously worked as Lead Engineer LMP1 as well as Design and Development Engineer at Flybrid. Before joining Flybrid, Tobias worked for Opel in Germany on their Touring car project in the DTM racing series.

Ashok Nedungadi Ashok Nedungadi
Principal Engineer - Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Nedungadi completed his Master's degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut in the U.S. During his 25 years at Southwest Research Institute, he co-developed a comprehensive vehicle modeling and simulation toolbox to assist in designing and analyzing custom hybrid electric/hydraulic and conventional powertrains. Currently, he is involved in advanced concepts such as hardware-in-the-loop and advances control strategy development for heavy duty vehicle applications.

Joe Redfield Joe Redfield
Principal Engineer - Southwest Research Institute

With over 30 years of experience in research and development, Joe Redfield specializes in energy systems engineering and has extensive design and project management experience in the development and application of advanced technologies for vehicular propulsion systems.

At Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Redfield manages and provides engineering leadership to project teams involved in the development and systems integration of electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid drive trains including parallel and series hybrid configurations, and advanced vehicular energy storage systems. The vehicles involved in these projects have included passenger car, heavy duty truck, off road equipment, and locomotive.

Prior to joining SwRI, Mr. Redfield developed high-power electromechanical and energy conversion devices at the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mr. Redfield received his undergraduate and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. He is member of SAE, AIAA, and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Keith Richards Keith Richards
Owner & Co-founder - Convergent Science Inc.

Keith Richards is an owner and co-founder of Convergent Science Inc, a company that develops and sells computational fluid dynamics software for simulating the flow, spray and combustion within an internal combustion engine. Keith graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1996 and received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in 1999. Keith co-founded Convergent Science Inc. in 1997 to provide CFD consulting services for engine designers. In 2008, Convergent Science released CONVERGE CFD software, which was designed specifically to handle the technical challenges associated with simulating engines. Keith works in the Convergent Science headquarters located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mike Roeth Mike Roeth
Executive Director - NACFE

Mike has worked in the commercial vehicle industry for over 27 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the newly created North American Council for Freight Efficiency. As Principal of ROETH, LLC, he focused on helping companies be successful in the commercial truck and bus marketplace. His specialty is brokering green truck collaborative projects to move technologies into the real world. As Director, Global Advanced Engineering for Navistar International, he led the advanced engineering efforts for the Navistar family of vehicle brands; International trucks, Navistar Defense, IC buses and Workhorse Custom Chassis. These efforts included fuel economy improvement, emissions reductions, driver comfort and efficiency as well as quality, cost and performance breakthroughs. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology. Mike is a 27 year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, served as a Board member of the Automotive Industry Action Group and as Chairman of the Board for the Truck Manufacturers Association. He also has been heavily involved with the 21st Century Truck Partnership, a collaborative effort between industry and the United States Government and the Hybrid Truck Users Forum of CALSTART. He understands the customers, operations and intricacies of the commercial vehicle industry having held various positions in product development, engineering, reliability and quality, sales, materials and plant management with Navistar and Behr.

Kambiz Salari Kambiz Salari
Senior Researcher - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Dr. Salari is a senior researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He leads the Department of Energy (DOE) effort in improving the fuel economy of heavy vehicles and tanker trailers (class 8) through the use of improved aerodynamics. He has conducted significant wind tunnel, track, and on the road tests to study and validate the performance of existing and new aerodynamic devices for both active and passive systems. Dr. Salari's expertise is in numerical solution of partial differential equations, error estimation, and verification and validation. He has extensive experience in developing algorithms for highly complex flow fields.

Ben Saltsman Ben Saltsman
Engineer Manager - Eaton Corporation

Mr. Saltsman is an engineering manager at Vehicle Technology and Innovation at Eaton Corporation. Based in Detroit, Michigan he leads a group focusing on development on new hybrid and powertrain automation concepts.

Mr. Saltsman graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science degree in System Design and Management in 2002. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow Automechical Institute, Moscow, Russia.

Sandeep Singh Sandeep Singh
Development Engineer - Detroit Diesel Corporation

Dr.Singh received his Ph. D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003; M.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 2000; and B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1996. Before joining Detroit Diesel Corporation, Dr. Singh was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Singh has expertise in the areas of heavy duty diesel engine technology, diesel exhaust aftertreatment and waste heat recovery technologies, on-board diagnostics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and combustion modeling. Currently, Dr. Singh is part of the Super Truck development team at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and has the lead responsibility to develop a vehicle based exhaust waste heat recovery system. Previously, Dr. Singh has been part of the development team for EPA10 and EPA07 diesel engines at the Detroit Diesel Corporation's engineering department.

Steven Sokolosky Steven Sokolosky
Senior Project Manager - CALSTART

Steven Sokolsky is a Senior Project Manager at CALSTART. His primary responsibilities are centered on the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) where he leads the Military Installations, Telecommunications, and Commercial Construction Equipment working groups. He also administers U.S. EPA grants for airport equipment re-powers and retrofits and the installation of class 8 trailer aerodynamics. Steve is an advisor to the California Clean Airport Fleets Partnership - a group that promotes the deployment of clean airside and landside vehicles. He also leads CALSTART efforts to develop a highway of retail biofuels stations in California. He serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition.

Prior to joining CALSTART, Steve developed natural gas vehicle infrastructure specifications and assisted airports in the deployment of alternative fuels programs while employed by Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc., Resource Dynamics Corp., and the California Energy Commission. He has a Bachelor's degree in International Business from California State University Sacramento.

Don Stanton Don Stanton
Director of Engine Business Product Line Architecture - Cummins Inc.

Dr. Stanton is the Director of Engine Business Product Line Architecture at Cummins Inc. He is responsible for establishing engine system technologies for worldwide markets. This position focuses on Engine Business strategy, product planning, and advanced technology development.

Don Stanton has been with Cummins 15 years. He has held positions in Research and Technology as Director of Advanced Engine Development, Program Leader for Automotive Engines, and Director of Thermal and Fluid Sciences.

Don received degrees in: BS Mathematics (1992), BS Mechanical Engineering (1993), MS Chemistry (1995), MS Mechanical Engineering (1995), and Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (1997).

Ken Webster Ken Webster
Manager, Project Operations - Transportation Research Center Inc.

Ken has over 23 years of experience in managing vehicle and transportation test programs to evaluate: durability, dynamic, crash, and emissions. His experience includes supervision of resources required to complete tests in accordance with government certification standards, industry procedures, and manufacture specifications. For commercial vehicles, Ken has been directly involved in evaluating durability, handling, braking, and fuel economy. He is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and received Forest R. McFarland award for organizing the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) technical session AE309. He has a B.Sc., in Mechanical Engineering Technologies, from Franklin University and has overseen the successful completion of many large scale programs at TRC Inc. including: a 40 vehicle four-million mile fuel additive evaluation program in 1996, a series of four consecutive bridge parapet crash tests in 2000, and a 200 vehicle evaluation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems in 2012.

Miin Yan Miin Yan
CTO - Yan Engines, LLC

Dr. Miin J. Yan, inventor of the D-Cycle™ (Differential-Stroke Cycle) technology, is a co-founder and the CTO of Yan Engines, LLC, and is the Principal Investigator of a DOE SBIR Phase II project to retrofit existing heavy diesel engines in military vehicles with the D-Piston™ (differential-stroke cycle) design for substantial fuel efficiency and propulsion improvements. Yan Engines, under his guidance, has developed a D-Cycle™ 50cc gasoline scooter with indicated average 82% mpg and 203% propulsion gains (at same horsepower) from its retrofit baseline 125cc scooter engine in preliminary (uncertified) laboratory tests. His previous experiences include the technical leadership on the HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) diesel engines for Chrysler's PNGV project when working for DDC/DaimlerChrysler. Earlier, he had worked on aircraft engines and nuclear reactors after his PhD from Princeton University