SAE 2015 Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Technologies Symposium

February 10-12, 2015

Los Angeles, California, USA

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Event Organizers

Robert P. Larsen Robert P. Larsen
OboTech LLC

Robert P. (Bob) Larsen is the President of OboTech LLC, a consulting company focused on electric drive vehicle and renewable fuels technologies. Bob Larsen is the principal author of SAE J 2880 - the Green Racing Protocols - and one of the main architects of the Green Racing Initiative - a joint program of the U.S Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and SAE International. He is currently a consultant to the American Le Mans Series to develop and implement Green Racing 2.0, the centerpiece of their strategic vision for the future.

Mr. Larsen retired last November from the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) after a career that spanned over 32 years. He served as the Center's Director from 2001 to 2006 playing an instrumental role in building the programs and facilities at ANL for renewable fuels, advanced powertrain, and vehicle development. Bob began working on electric-drive vehicles in 1991 focusing first on hybrid electric vehicles and later encompassing plug-in electric and fuel cell vehicles. Under Bob's direction, ANL developed industry-leading vehicle simulation software Autonomie and specialized vehicle integration and testing capabilities represented by the Advanced Powertrain Research Facility.

Bob was instrumental in bringing the methanol class into Formula SAE, a collegiate design competition, in 1987. From there he developed the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored collegiate Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition program starting in 1989 using the full range of alternative fuels and electric drive technologies in modified production vehicles that continues to this day. Bob has been involved in organizing and operating over 40 collegiate vehicle competitions from solar cars to fuel cell vehicles. He also originated the Junior Solar Sprint, an STEM educational program for middle school students.

Bob is a long-time organizer of SAE's Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Symposia and serves on several SAE technical committees. He was elected to the Society's Board of Directors in 1997 and served on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. Mr. Larsen was also the Technical Director and later the Race Director for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-PRIZE 100 MPG vehicle competition.

Bob is also the Vice-President of Research and Product Development for Catalyst Energy Technologies, a start-up company working on distributed energy technologies. He earned a National Technology Transfer Award, an R&D 100 Award, the Top Competition Organizer of the 20th Century Award from DOE, and two Argonne Pacesetter awards.

Alex Cattelan
Vice President Advanced Battery
Johnson Controls

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.

Jodi Mashburn Jodi Mashburn
Electrification Business Development Leader

Jodi Mashburn joined AVL in 2008, working in aftertreatment, systems engineering, and management with a focus on system development and testing before switching to business development in 2014. Prior to joining AVL, she worked at Bosch in diesel aftertreatment after earning a bachelor's and master's of science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.

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
Senior Manager, Electrification New Products
General Motors Company

Mr. Tarnowsky joined General Motors in 1994 where he has worked in areas of propulsion systems, battery charging systems, electrical safety, validation and program management on numerous electric and hybrid-electric vehicle programs including the EV1 and eAssist. 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.

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.