SAE 2016 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 21-23, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

Meet The SAE 2016 NAIPC Leadership Team

Dave Baxter Dave Baxter

Dave Baxter is Executive Project Manager in the Corporate Strategy Office at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC), located in Saline, Michigan. TTC, Toyota's North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).
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Brian Bolton Brian Bolton

Brian Bolton is Senior Manager of Powertrain Engineering for the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA). His roles include Chief Powertrain Engineer for the USA based manufactured QR and VQ engines and also leads the Regulatory Affairs for the USA market. Bolton joined Nissan in 2004. Earlier in his career he led the advanced engineering department at Detroit Diesel Corp.

He holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign.

Ray Corbin Ray Corbin

Raymond W. Corbin currently serves as Vice President, AVL North America. In his current role, Ray is responsible for strategic planning and industry relations for AVL North America. From 2003 to 2012, Corbin served as President of AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. where he was responsible for the Company's powertrain engineering consultancy activities and the growth of the Company's North American simulation software sales.
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Chris Cowland Chris Cowland

Chris Cowland is currently Director of Advanced and SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Powertrain at FCA US LLC, where he is responsible for future powertrain technology and high performance powertrains for the SRT brand, including the 707 horsepower supercharged HEMI® Hellcat engine - winner of a 2015 Wards 10 Best Engines award.
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Bob Fascetti Bob Fascetti

Robert Fascetti is Vice President, Powertrain Engineering, Ford. As part of his position, Fascetti is responsible for powertrain engineering around the world.

Fascetti has more than 25 years of powertrain and product development experience at Ford Motor Company. Prior to this role, Fascetti served as director, Global Engine Engineering. In this position, Fascetti worked to make Ford a global leader in fuel economy and performance. The entire EcoBoost engine line up, as well as the best-in-class 6.7-liter diesel engine, were designed and developed under his leadership. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been named the International Engine of the Year for three consecutive years.
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Charlie Freese Charlie Freese

Charlie is Executive Director, GM Powertrain Engineering, responsible for GM's Global Fuel Cell Activities. He leads GM's worldwide fuel cell development organization, with sites in Michigan, New York, California, Washington DC, Hawaii, and Germany.

Charlie has over 22 years of experience in the automotive industry. He began his 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 2009 Charlie was appointed to the Board of Directors for Giner Electrochemical Systems. In 2011, Charlie chaired the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Conference.

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 9 patents, and was honored in 2000 by the Automotive Hall of Fame with the Young Leadership and Excellence Award.

Denise Gray Denise Gray

Denise Gray is President/CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI), the North American subsidiary of lithium-ion battery maker, LG Chem (LGC), Korea. In this position, she has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, engineering, and business development activities for the North American Market.

Prior to joining LGCPI, Gray served as Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Electrification at AVL List, GmbH, located in Graz, Austria. In this position Denise was responsible for leveraging AVL's Global design and development capability to provide Powertrain Electrification Engineering Solutions and Services to the industry. Her prior professional experience includes Vice President Business Development for Atieva, an Electrified Powertrain Battery Startup Company in Silicon Valley, California. The targeted market was China Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicles working with the local and global suppliers. The majority of her professional career, nearly 30 years, was spent at General Motors in the USA. Director of Battery Systems Engineering, Director of Transmission Controls Engineering, Director of Powertrain Controller Engineering, Director of Powertrain Software Engineering, and development of powertrain and vehicle electrical systems were her core engineering responsibilities. Denise received her MS Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000 and BS Electrical Engineering Degree from Kettering University in 1986.

Jeff Hemphill Jeff Hemphill

Jeff Hemphill is Chief Technical Officer of the Schaeffler Group Americas. Mr. Hemphill is responsible for new product development, analysis and testing of transmission, engine and chassis components and systems for conventional and hybrid vehicles.

Jeff has a BSME from The University of Akron, an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT, and 28 years of experience in automotive powertrains. This includes manufacturing, product design, testing, and vehicle development experience. Mr. Hemphill has more than 90 patents filed or issued.

Chris Hennessy Chris Hennessy

Chris Hennessy is the vice president of Powertrain Systems at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for business development and program execution for the North American powertrain market, managing the future needs of the market in relation to the company's services, and supporting the future growth of IAV in North America.

Prior to joining IAV in 2011, Hennessy spent eight years at AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc., most recently as chief technologist, but also as a skill area manager and skill team leader. As a chief technologist, he led business development for AVL's North American electrification activities, developed strategic business plans, worked on program execution and profitability for all North American electrification programs and oversaw research and development efforts. In his positions as skill area manager and skill team leader, Hennessy developed battery test facilities and a battery development team, as well as established a controls engineering team and a powertrain development team, and led several engineering projects. He also worked as engineer at both Quantum Technologies, Inc. and Ford Motor Company, where he had emissions and OBDII certification sign-off responsibilities and developed release calibrations for alternative fuel vehicles.

He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute.

Jeremy Holt Jeremy Holt

In his role as Vice President - Global Business Development of TREMEC, Jeremy Holt is responsible for global sales, marketing, application engineering, strategic, market and product planning activities. The company has current operations in Mexico, Belgium, US and India and he has specific responsibility for the U.S. facilities and operations.
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Ken Howden Ken Howden

In the Vehicle Technologies Program under the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, Mr. Howden is Director for the 21st Century Truck Partnership with four federal agencies and fifteen heavy-duty truck OEMS and major suppliers. He also manages several cooperative R&D agreements with USCAR OEM partners and the national laboratories and is the government chair of the USDRIVE Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Tech Team. Mr. Howden has worked as a mechanical engineer in vehicle technology R&D for 29 years with DOE and the U.S. Army. He holds a BSME from Virginia Tech and an MEA from George Washington University.

Patrick Hupperich Patrick Hupperich

Dr. Patrick Hupperich is President and Chief Executive Officer of FEV North America, Inc. Hupperich's FEV career spans a period of 25 years. Dr. Hupperich has extensive experience in the performance development, design and validation of powertrains for automotive and commercial applications, including diesel, gasoline as well as alternative fuels.
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Neville Jackson Neville Jackson

Neville Jackson is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Ricardo plc, He is responsible for developing the future global vision of automotive and energy technology at Ricardo and for the strategy and planning for internally funded research and development. A graduate of Imperial College, London, his career has included 31 years at Ricardo focused on research and technology demonstration programmes covering advanced combustion engines, hybrid systems and energy recovery technologies. His work at Ricardo has included many initiatives to create new innovative technologies and research collaborations with government, academia and industrial partners. A key focus in recent years has been the development of technology roadmaps in a range of sectors and the associated R&D agenda to deliver them.
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Sujit Jain Sujit Jain

Sujit Jain is regional president of the gasoline systems division, North America for Robert Bosch LLC, a position he has held since December 2006. As regional president, Jain is responsible for all gasoline systems business activities, including hybrid and transmission controls in North America, and he oversees manufacturing, engineering, finance and sales for the division. Previously, Jain was senior vice president, powertrain - gasoline and transmission systems, Robert Bosch Corporation Automotive Group.
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John Juriga John Juriga

Director of Powertrain North America, oversees North American
  • Production powertrain tuning focusing on Emissions, Driveability and Fuel Economy
  • Concept hardware design and development emphasis on Fuel Economy development
  • Engine and Transmission Validation and vehicle Certification support
  • Engineering and Quality support for North American Manufacturing
Powertrain operations include conventional Powertrains as well as Eco friendly vehicles such as HEV/PHEV/EVs and Fuel Cell electric vehicles.

John began his professional career at General Motors Chevrolet Engineering in 1983 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BSME focusing on Internal combustion engine design. He spent the first 9 years at GM in the engine development laboratories and design teams. In 1992 he became the V8 passenger car design and development manager. Over the next 6 years he would hold several positions focusing on the Powertrain development and integration into the vehicle. In 1999 he was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief Engineer for the Passenger Car V8 engines at General Motors. In 2003 Mr. Juriga joined the Hyundai Motor Group as Sr. Manager for Engine Development at the Hyundai/Kia America technical center in Ann Arbor Michigan. In 2006 he was promoted to Director of Powertrain at Hyundai/Kia. He oversees the Powertrain development activities in North America including the Michigan labs as well as the development labs in California and supports the North American manufacturing plants in Alabama and Georgia. As Director of Powertrain his engineering teams goal is focused on the develop of innovative technology that meets the customers desire for Fuel Efficiency Value and Performance for Hyundai Kia Powertrains.

Dimitri Kazarinoff Dimitri Kazarinoff

AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. (PEI)

Kararinoff joined AVL in September of 2011, and assumed his current position of President, PEI, in January 2012. Prior to AVL, he held the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Hybrid Power Systems Division at Eaton Corporation. Prior to Eaton, Kazarinoff was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company where he worked with industrial clients on strategy, growth, and M&A opportunities. Kazarinoff began his career with General Motors in a number of progressively responsible powertrain engineering and engineering leadership positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master of Management degree from Northwestern University.

Bob Lee Bob Lee

Bob Lee is Vice President and Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering for FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC. In this capacity, he has responsibility for directing the design, development and release of all engines and electrified propulsion systems for Chrysler Group products. The latest innovative products include the 707-hp Hellcat engine which has made global headlines and the diesel engine in the Ram 1500 which has earned the highest mpg ever given to a full-size pickup. Both of these engines were winners of the 2015 Ward's Ten Best Engines
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Masaki Matsuura Masaki Matsuura

Masaki Matsuura is the president at AW Technical Center USA Inc., AISIN AW.

Masaki Matsuura started his carrier at AW as Mechanical Engineer developing FWD 5sp A/T. In 2004 he was assigned as Project engineer in AW Technical Center USA in Ann Arbor Michigan and contributed to AW's new products launch for US market until 2006.

More recently he held the position of Project Manager of Group V, Product Engineering Department since 2007 in order to assume general management of development for FWD 6sp & 8sp A/T for car makers all over the world.

Matsuura is a graduate of Shinshu University of Mechanical Engineering in Japan.

Dan Nicholson Dan Nicholson

Dan Nicholson was appointed Vice President, Global Powertrain in December 2014. Dan was the Executive Director for Global Powertrain Embedded Controls at GM. He has held this role since April, 2011. He was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the global engineering team responsible for all powertrain controllers and software as well as calibrating all powertrains, providing customer-pleasing drive quality and ensuring compliance with tailpipe emissions standards and on-board diagnostics.
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Tony Ockelford Tony Ockelford

Tony Ockelford has served as Director of Global Powertrain Planning and Strategy for Ford Motor Company, a position he has held since Dec 2007.

Ockelford has over 29 years of Powertrain experience with Ford and has held positions in Powertrain calibration, installation components, Performance Fuel Economy and Emissions systems development, Project management, relationship management and also product / business planning.
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Doug Patton Doug Patton

Doug Patton is executive vice president of Engineering and chief technical officer of DENSO International America, Inc. (DIAM), and senior director of DENSO Corp. Located at DENSO's North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, he oversees all North American product engineering and development, campus facilities and operations, all testing and technical services, and engineering administration. He is responsible for climate control; engine components and systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) and body electronics, and small motor engineering.
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David Porreca David Porreca

David Porreca is the Director of Automotive Business for SAE International. Dave is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of positive and productive working relationships with key automotive executives at corporations, government entities and sister engineering societies around the world. Additionally, Dave is responsible for identifying new products and business opportunities for SAE.
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Gary Rogers Gary Rogers

Gary W. Rogers is currently Vice President, Advanced Engineering at Roush Industries, Inc. He was previously, Director of Research at the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science, following his retirement after an almost 29 year career as President and CEO of FEV, Inc. He also served as Executive Vice President of FEV GmbH, Aachen Germany. He sits on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Academies and has served on many technology assessment committees for the National Research Council of the National Academies. He is an SAE Fellow and was a founding member of the NAIPC Executive Leadership Team.

Dietrich Sneideraitis Dietrich Sneideraitis

Dietrich Sneideraitis is the Senior Sales Manager for Powertrain Systems Business Customers and is responsible for all BMW Powertrain Systems sales in North America. Dietrich joined the BMW Group in 2009.
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Eric Tech Eric Tech

Eric Tech is senior vice president, Strategy and Planning, and president, Global Business. Eric successfully developed the blueprint for Navistar's strategic direction following a significant restructuring and refocusing of our business. Going forward he is responsible for defining meaningful and transformation growth opportunities as well as identifying combinations and potential global alliances for Navistar.

Before joining Navistar, Eric spent almost two decades at the Ford Motor Company. He has BSME and MBA from the University of Michigan and has served as a past chair of SAE North American International Powertrain Conference. He is also a Midwest Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club and a member of the Salvation Army Chicago Advisory Board.

Wolfgang Warnecke Wolfgang Warnecke

Dr.Wolfgang Warnecke appointed to as Shell's Chief Scientist for Mobility since early 2011.

The 10 Chief Scientists in the Shell organisation, reporting directly to the CTO, are leading the Shell Group Technologies, ranging from Geology to finished Fuels and Oils. The Chief Scientist role for Wolfgang Warnecke is covering all technology developments in transport, related to fuels and lubricants and all issues on Mobility directions, ranging from Marine, Rail and Aviation to Off- and On-Road incl. Motorsport.
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Kregg Wiggins Kregg Wiggins

Kregg Wiggins is Senior Vice President of Continental's Powertrain Division and is responsible for overseeing the five business units in North America: Engine Systems, Sensors & Actuators, Transmissions, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Fuel Supply. Wiggins is located in Auburn Hills, Mich., where the team focuses on aligning innovative and efficient system solutions that impact every aspect of a vehicle's drivetrain.
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Platinum Sponsors
  • AVL
  • BMW
  • FEV
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GM
  • Hyundai
  • Nissan
  • Ricardo

Gold Sponsors
  • Aisin
  • BASF
  • Bosch
  • Delphi
  • Denso
  • Denso
  • Mahle
  • Roush
  • Schaeffler
  • ZF

Silver Sponsors
  • Honeywell
  • Nemak
Bronze Sponsors
  • Federal Mogul
  • Jatco
  • Means
  • Timken
  • Tremec

Conference Supporters
  • BorgWarner
  • Continental
  • Horiba
  • Navistar
  • Novation
  • KSPG Rheinmetall
  • Toyota
  • Victrex