SAE 2014 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium

February 11-13, 2014

La Jolla, California, USA

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

Event Organizers

Ming L. Kuang Ming L. Kuang
Technical Leader, Vehicle Controls
Controls Engineering
Research and Innovation Center
Ford Motor Company

Ming Kuang is a Technical Leader in vehicle controls at Research and Innovation Center of Ford Motor Company, leading the development of global vehicle control architecture and advanced hybrid vehicle controls. He started his career at Ford as a control engineer in electric vehicle programs in 1991. He has worked in both research and production organizations in the area of vehicle dynamics and controls, electric and hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles technologies, and vehicle controls. In his prior and current positions, Mr. Kuang played an instrumental role in the development of hybrid vehicle controls for both the first Escape Hybrid and the Fusion Start-Stop vehicles. He was recognized by the company with Henry Ford Technology Awards in 2005 and 2012 for his contributions to both developments respectively. His current responsibilities and interests range from developing and implementing global vehicle controls architecture, establishing vehicle control system development and implementation methodologies, to advancing vehicle control algorithms for Electrification.

Mr. Kuang has authored and co-authored over 41 technical papers published on IEEE journal, ASME, ACC, CDC, DSCC, SAE and other engineering conferences. He holds 59 U.S. patents and 14 oversea patents. He has received major awards from both internal and external of Ford, Technical Achievement Award in 2008 and 2011, SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering in 2007, and Henry Ford Technology Awards in 2005 and 2012, to name a few.

Mr. Kuang is a member of SAE International. He holds a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from South China University of Technology in the People's Republic of China.

Robert P. Larsen Robert P. Larsen
OboTech LLC

Bob Larsen is the Technical Lead for the DOE/EPA/SAE International Green Racing Initiative, a position he has held since 2008. He was the driving force in establishing the Green Challenge program within the American Le Mans Series, overseeing the scoring system that establishes winners of the season-long OEM Green Challenge Championship and the Michelin Green X Challenge awards at each ALMS race. Bob is the principal author of SAE J2880, the Green Racing Protocols, newly revised and published in 2013.

Bob has over 34 years' experience in advanced automotive technologies and renewable fuels spending most of his career at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) where served as Director of the Center for Transportation Research. Highlights include establishing the collegiate-level Advanced Technology Vehicle Competition series 25 years ago, building ANL's alternative fuel and HEV vehicle R&D capabilities, and founding the vehicle simulation program that produced Autonomie, DOE's principal vehicle simulation software tool that has become an industry-standard. Adding to his vehicle competition experience, Bob was first Technical Director and then Race Director for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize. Bob retired from ANL in 2011 and established OboTech LLC consulting company to continue his love of motorsports, advanced vehicle technologies, and renewable fuels.

Bob served on the SAE Board of Directors, the SAE Finance Committee, several other SAE technical and management committees, and is the recipient of a National Technology Transfer Award, two Argonne Pacesetter awards and numerous other recognitions.

Oliver Schmidt Oliver Schmidt
General Manager EEO
Volkswagen Group of America Inc.

Oliver Schmidt began working in Volkswagen engine development in 1997, after receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, from the University of Applied Sciences, in Hanover, Germany. Throughout his career at Volkswagen, he held various positions in development, marketing, and production; all within the field of powertrain development.

Schmidt was the Head of Powertrain Product Management, for the VW brand, before moving to the United States, in March of 2012.

Currently, he is responsible for everything that is related to tailpipe emissions; starting with regulatory, leading to certification and in the end, taking care of the defect reporting, up to 15 years in a cars life.

Heraldo Stefanon Heraldo Stefanon
Manager, Advanced Powertrain - Gasoline Hybrid Group
Toyota Technical Center

Heraldo Stefanon is a Manager in the Advanced Powertrain - Gasoline Hybrid Group (APT-GHV) of Toyota Technical Center (TTC), the R & D arm of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (TEMA). Since entering Toyota in 1993, Mr. Stefanon has dedicated his time to the development of the Tundra in the US, being responsible for the emission development and compliance. In 2009, he transitioned to the APT GHV Group to assist with the development of local calibration for hybrid vehicle projects. He is now in charge of hybrid powertrain related software development for North America. Prior to joining Toyota in 1993, Mr. Stefanon's engineering career started with the marine industry at Volvo Penta of Brazil with a brief stint at the Southern CA Rapid Transit District where he supported the development of the emission laboratory for heavy duty vehicles.

Mr. Stefanon received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1989. He enjoys outdoor sports and promoting environmentally friendly and healthy ways of living.

Steven A. Tarnowsky Steven A. Tarnowsky
Engineering Group Manager, Electrification Architecture
General Motors Company

Mr. Tarnowsky joined General Motors in 1994 where he has worked in areas of battery charging systems, electrical safety, validation and program management on numerous electric and hybrid-electric vehicle programs including the EV1 and eAssist. Mr. Tarnowsky is currently the Engineering Group Manager for Electrification Architecture.

Prior to joining General Motors, Mr. Tarnowsky was employed by GM Hughes Electronics Corporation. While at Hughes, he spent four years as a Senior Systems Engineering Consultant to General Motors and four years as a systems engineer on the NASA Magellan mission to Venus.

Mr. Tarnowsky earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.

Mr. Tarnowsky has been happily married for the past 28 years and has three children. When not working or with his family, Mr. Tarnowsky spends his spare time on his passion for music as a guitarist and singer / songwriter.

Owen W. Thunes Owen W. Thunes
Nissan Technical Center NA

Owen Thunes is a Manager with Nissan's Zero Emission Research Group. Thunes joined Nissan in 2004, where his first assignment was in development and testing of the Altima Hybrid, based at the Arizona Proving Ground. After model launch in 2007, he transferred to the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento, CA. Here he continues to work in R&D and testing of electric-based vehicles including EV, HEV and FCV. Thunes is also a veteran of the US Navy, retiring in 2010 after a career spanning twenty-one years of active and reserve duty, with tours across the globe. He holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science from University of Maryland (1997) and Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University (2002). His first graduate work at UC Davis specialized in Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, where he earned an MSME (2004); he later returned to UC Davis, completing an MBA (2010).

Justin Ward Justin Ward
General Manager
Powertrain System Control Department
Toyota Technical Center
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North American, Inc.

Justin Ward is the General Manager of Toyota's Powertrain System Control (PSC) department at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), located in Gardena, California. TTC, Toyota's North American R&D center, has been a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA) since 2006. PSC responsibilities include suitability testing of advanced powertrain technologies in North America, coordinating development of new or improved powertrain software, coordinating Toyota's contributions to North American Codes & Standards related to advanced powertrains, and supporting technical outreach.

Mr. Ward began his career at TTC in 2001, when he joined the company to support the opening of Toyota's first facility in North America dedicated to Fuel Cell Vehicle development, located at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) in West Sacramento, California.

Mr. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis in 1999.

In Memory of: Craig Childers California Air Resources Board
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