SAE 2011 North American International Powertrain Conference (NAIPC) Speaker Biographies

Joseph Bakaj Joseph Bakaj, Vice President, Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company
Joseph Bakaj is Ford Motor Company's vice president, Powertrain Engineering. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2011. In this role, he oversees all engine and transmission engineering worldwide.

In April, 2008, Bakaj was appointed vice president, Global Product Programs, Ford Motor Company and vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. Bakaj was previously vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe, a position he held since Sept. 1, 2005. Also, he was a member of Ford of Europe's Executive Operating Committee.

Before rejoining Ford of Europe in 2005, he was senior managing executive officer in charge of Design, Product Planning, Research and Development for Mazda Motor Corporation and responsible for the worldwide development of all Mazda products.

Bakaj has more than 20 years of product development experience at Ford Motor Company, working in Britain, Germany, Japan and the United States. His past experiences include powertrain engineering and extensive noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and chassis work. Notably, he was Vehicle Engineering manager for the 2000 Ford Mondeo, and was named Engineer of the Year in 2000 by U.K.-based Autocar magazine for his efforts on that vehicle project.

Immediately prior to his position at Mazda, he worked at Ford in Dearborn as vehicle engineering director for North American Truck product development. Upon his return to Ford of Europe in 2005, Bakaj managed the development and launch of all of the company's new products, including the 2006 Ford Galaxy and acclaimed S-MAX model, which was voted "Car of the Year 2007" in Europe, and the latest generation Ford Mondeo, new Ford Kuga crossover and all-new global Ford Fiesta small car.

Bakaj received a degree in mechanical engineering from City University in London before joining Ford of Britain in 1985. He is married with one child and is fluent in both German and English.

Kenneth Davis Kenneth Davis, President, Vehicle Group, Eaton Corporation
Kenneth F. Davis is President - Vehicle Group - Eaton Corporation, a global diversified industrial manufacturer, effective January 1, 2011. Since joining Eaton in 1986, he has held management positions of increasing responsibility including president - Americas for Eaton's Vehicle group, president of the company's light and medium-duty transmission business and vice president and general manager for Eaton's clutch business. Ken also held several sales and marketing positions in the Truck group, including territory manager, original equipment account manager, and North American sales and marketing manager.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree in management from Purdue University in Indiana and a master's in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Eric Ducharme Eric Ducharme, Vice President, Global Technology, GE Transportation
Eric Ducharme is Vice President, Global Technology of GE Transportation, a business providing propulsion system solutions for customers in the rail, off- highway mining vehicle, marine, and adjacent markets.

Dr. Ducharme joined GE's Aircraft Engine Business in 1987, where he led significant contributions in composite fan blade technology for large turbofan engines. He subsequently led engineering programs for the CFM56 and GE90 engines; and was the General Manager of Commercial Engines Engineering, with technical responsibility for GE commercial aircraft engines from development, certification and in-service support.

He also served as General Manager of Locomotive Engineering at GE Transportation, where he led the development and launch of the Evolution Series locomotive.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT.

He is GE's University Executive for MIT and chairs the ASME Industry Advisory Board.

Charles Freese Charles Freese, Executive Director, Global Fuel Cell Activities, General Motor Company
Charlie is Executive Director, Global Fuel Cell Activities. He leads GM's world-wide fuel cell development organization, with sites in Michigan, New York, California, Washington DC, and Germany.

Charlie has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. He began his professional career at Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1989, where he held multiple positions in the Advanced Engineering, Product Engineering, and Sales organizations. As chief engineer, he led a team that designed and prototyped the company's first North American light duty diesel engine concept in 228 days. Charlie also served as Director of Automotive Sales and Director of Advanced Programs.

In 2001 Charlie assumed the position of Chief Engineer - Diesel Engines, for Ford Motor Company. At Ford he was responsible for new and current product development and quality.

In 2003 Charlie moved to General Motors Corporation, as Executive Director for Global Diesel Engineering. At GM Powertrain, Charlie was responsible for establishing and leading the Global Diesel Engineering organization. In 2008, Charlie assumed responsibility for GM's Global Fuel Cell Activities, as Executive Director. He is responsible for fuel cell R&D, product engineering, development, manufacturing, and strategic planning. In 2010, Charlie was added to the Board of Directors for Giner Electrochemical Systems.

Charlie holds three degrees from the University of Michigan:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management

He has published multiple technical papers in the field of internal combustion engines, holds 10 patents, and was honored in 2000 by the Automotive Hall of Fame with the Young Leadership and Excellence Award.

David Greene David Greene, Corporate Fellow, Center for Transportation Analysis, Oak Ridge National Lab
David L. Greene is a Corporate Fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior Fellow of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy and a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee. He is an author of more than 250 publications on transportation, energy and related issues, including 100 refereed journal articles. He is an emeritus member of both the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the Transportation Research Board and a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He is currently a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels. He is a recipient of the TRB's Pyke Johnson Award, the Society of Automotive Engineers' Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis, the Department of Energy's 2007 Hydrogen R&D Award as well as its 2011 Vehicle Technologies R&D Award, the International Association for Energy Economics' Best Paper Award for his research on the rebound effect, and was recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for contributions to the IPCC's receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

Daniel M. Hancock Daniel M. Hancock, Vice President Global Strategic Product Alliances, General Motors Company
Dan Hancock was named GM vice president, Global Strategic Alliances on June 1, 2010. In this newly-created position, Dan is charged with building strong product alliance relationships and speeding development and implementation of joint ventures for winning vehicles and technologies.

Hancock's previous appointments included GM Powertrain vice president, global engineering and chief executive officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain, based in Turin, Italy.

After joining General Motors in 1968 he held various engineering positions within Allison Transmission Division, which later became Detroit Diesel Allison Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1994, he was appointed director, transmission engineering, GM Powertrain and in 1997, he returned to Indianapolis where he was named president, Allison Transmission Division.

Born in Indiana, Hancock received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a bachelor's degree also in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute, Michigan, in 1974.

Hancock served as chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2008. He served as president of FISITA, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, from 2004 to 2006.

Dan Kapp, Director-Ford Powertrain Research & Advanced
Dan Kapp has been with Ford since 1977 upon graduation from Michigan Technological University with a BSME degree. He has spent his entire 34 year career in the area of engine and powertrain product development.

From the late 80's through the mid 90's, Kapp was involved in the design and development of the "Modular" V8 and V6 engines as Ford revamped it's engine line-up to modern overhead cam designs. He was the Program Manager of the Triton V8 truck engines through their launch and then spent 3 years in the Truck Vehicle Center as the Powertrain Systems Manager for full size trucks and SUV's.

In 2001, Kapp was appointed to his first executive position as Director of Core and Advanced Powertrain Engineering responsible for powertrain controls, catalyst and emission systems, and calibration. One year later, he became Executive Director for Powertrain Operations and for five years to his present assignment led the product development for all engines and transmissions in North America during which time Ford transformed it's line-up of automatic transmissions and launched several new engines including the all new D35 V6 engine and the 2.5L hybrid engine .

In late 2006, Kapp moved to Ford's Research and Advanced activity to lead the development of advanced powertrain technologies such as EcoBoost.

Dr. Steven E. Koonin Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science
Dr. Steven E. Koonin was confirmed by the Senate on May 19, 2009 as the second Undersecretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Koonin brings to the post a distinguished career as a university professor and administrator at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as well as experience in industry.

Under Secretary Koonin joined the Caltech faculty in 1975, was a research fellow at the Neils Bohr Institute during 1976 - 1977, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow during 1977 - 1979. He became a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech in 1981 and served as Chairman of the Faculty from 1989 - 1991. Dr. Koonin was the seventh provost of Caltech (from 1995 - 2004). In that capacity, he was involved in identifying and recruiting 1/3 of the Institute's professorial faculty and left an enduring legacy of academic and research initiatives in the biological, physical, earth, and social sciences, as well as the planning and development of the Thirty-Meter Telescope project.

As the Chief Scientist at BP between 2004 and early 2009, Dr. Koonin developed the long-range technology strategy for alternative and renewable energy sources. He managed the firm's university-based research programs and played a central role in establishing the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Koonin was a member and past chair of the JASON Study Group, advising the U.S. Government on technical matters of national security. He has served on numerous advisory committees for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense, including the Defense Science Board and the CNO's Executive Panel. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission and a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 1985, Dr. Koonin received the Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award and, in 1998 the Department of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award for " his broad impact on nuclear many-body physics, on astrophysics, and on a variety of related fields where sophisticated numerical methods are essential; and in particular, for his breakthrough in nuclear shell model calculations centered on an ingenious method for dealing ,with the huge matrices of heavy nuclei by using path integral methods combined with the Monte Carlo technique." He was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences in 2010.

Dr. Koonin's research interests have included nuclear astrophysics; theoretical nuclear, computational, and many-body physics; and global environmental science. He has been involved in scientific computing throughout his career and is a strong advocate for research into renewable energies and alternate fuel sources. His academic research in computational and nuclear physics has impacted the direction of science both nationally and internationally. He has supervised more than 25 PhD students, produced more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications, and authored or edited 3 books, including a pioneering textbook on Computational Physics in 1985.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Koonin received his B.S. in Physics from Caltech in 1972, worked as a summer graduate student at Los Alamos from 1972-1975 and received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1975. Dr. Koonin married his wife, Laurie, in 1975. They have three grown children, Anna, Alyson, and Benjamin.

John Lucci John Lucci, Partner, Global Automotive Practice
John Lucci is a Partner/Vice President in Oliver Wyman's Troy, Michigan USA office and a member of the Global Automotive Practice part of the Manufacturing, Transportation and Energy Division. Since joining Oliver Wyman in 2006 he has worked on assignments in the transportation sector specializing on strategy, due diligence, process redesign, manufacturing strategy and reorganization. His project experience includes:

  • Organizational redesign and strategy deployment for leading motorcycle manufacturer
  • Strategy and performance KPI definition and deployment for leading automotive OEM greenfield assembly plants
  • Operational Excellence assessment for multiple automotive OEM's and tier I suppliers
  • Manufacturing plant turnaround strategy deployment focused on optimization of quality and logistics
  • Operational due diligence for a private equity specializing in leveraged buyouts and distressed securities
  • Operational "Lean" transformation and process optimization for manufacturing OEM's and suppliers
Prior to joining Oliver Wyman Mr. Lucci spent 5 years as the Director of launch management & process engineering for a growing automotive supplier and 15 years with a leading automotive OEM in various engineering, operations and competitive manufacturing leadership roles. He has lead the start-up of multiple JIT assembly and material sequencing facilities supporting Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. He has lead numerous corporate-wide lean transformation programs; spearheaded a multi-facility MIS infrastructure project; developed and implemented flexible assembly strategies which reduced lead time, improved responsiveness to model mix fluctuations and improved overall throughput capacity. His scope of responsibility has included P&L, strategic planning, program management and the execution of capital and start-up budgets.

Mr. Lucci holds a Masters of Science in manufacturing management from Kettering University, Bachelors of Science in systems engineering from LSSU, and certification in lean manufacturing from the University of Michigan. He also holds three US Patents.

Greg McAdoo
Greg works with IT systems, internet services, mobile and energy companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2000, Greg was President and CEO of Sentient Networks (CSCO). Previously, Greg held senior engineering and executive level management positions at Cisco Systems, Sourcecom, Micom Communications and Datability Systems.

Xavier Mosquet Xavier Mosquet, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Xavier Mosquet is a Senior Partner & Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group which he joined in 1985 in London. He later moved to Paris and now leads BCG's Global Automotive Practice and BCG's Detroit office.

His clients are OEMs, suppliers and dealer groups pursuing their expansion through geographical development, service and operational performance. He has supported his clients in North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, Korea, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

He notably led the BCG team in support of the President's Automotive Task Force for the restructuring of GM and Chrysler. In June, 2010, Xavier Mosquet received the Turnaround Consultant of the Year Award from the Global M&A Network as well as 5 other Awards for his consulting work in the Automotive industry with US Treasury.

He has also contributed to several BCG publications on electric cars, powertrains and the BRIC markets.

Xavier Mosquet has a general engineering degree from the French Ecole Nationale des Mines and holds a Master of Solid State Physics from Paris University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. Prior to joining BCG he worked for four years with Total Fina Elf as department head in renewable energy. He currently serves on the Board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

Eric M. Tech Eric M. Tech
Eric Tech is president of Navistar's Engine Group, where he is responsible for setting the group's strategic vision, driving profitable growth and customer diversification. He was named to this role in 2008 after leading Engine's light, medium and heavy-duty engine business.

Under Eric's leadership, Navistar launched its 2007 emissions-compliant engines with unprecedented quality and performance, and brought to market the MaxxForce 11/13, the company's entry into big bore engines.

Eric joined the Engine Group in 2006 after almost two decades with Ford Motor Company. At Ford, he was most recently chief engineer for Super Duty Truck Programs. Prior to that, Eric held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, quality, product planning, and vehicle and program management positions.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

John Wall John Wall, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Cummins
John was named to this position in March 2000, and has responsibility for Cummins global research and engineering organizations and energy and environmental policies. Since joining Cummins in 1986, John has held positions in Research and Development, Advanced Engine Engineering and Technology Planning. Before joining Cummins, John was employed by Chevron Research Company in fuels and lubricants research. John studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he received his SB and SM in 1975 and ScD in 1978. He currently serves on Purdue University advisory councils for Discovery Park, the Energy Center, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and on the Board of Advisors of Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. He has served as an industry advisor to the California Air Resources Board and is currently a member of the US EPA Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee. He serves on the Steering Committee for the Health Effects Institute Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study. John is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has been awarded the SAE Horning Memorial Award and Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for research in the area of diesel fuel effects on emissions, and the SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition to industry activities, John serves on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Opera and is a member of the MIT Educational Council.

Bruce Yandle Bruce Yandle, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Clemson University, and Dean Emeritus of Clemson University's College of Business and Behavioral Science
Bruce Yandle is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Clemson University, and Dean Emeritus of Clemson University's College of Business and Behavioral Science. He is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and teaches regularly in the Center's Capitol Hill Campus program. Yandle served on White House staff during the Ford and Carter administrations and was Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He has taught in graduate programs in France, Italy, Germany and Czech Republic. He is a Senior Fellow with PERC in Bozeman, MT, Senior Fellow with Clemson's Thurmond Institute, and trustee with Clemson's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. Yandle served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, as Chairman of the S.C. State Board of Economic Advisors, and as Chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees. Author, coauthor or editor of 16 books, including his most recent, Regulation by Litigation, he writes a quarterly newsletter on the economy, which is posted on Clemson's Strom Thurmond Institute web site. Prior to beginning a career in university teaching, Yandle was in the industrial power transmission machinery business for 15 years.