SAE 2014 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 17-19, 2014

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

Meet the SAE 2014 NAIPC Leadership Team

Andrew Smart Andrew Smart

Andrew Smart is the Director of Society Programs & Industry Relations and is responsible for all technical activities with the engineering community in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle sectors for SAE International and also serves as Managing Director of the SAE Industry Technologies Consortia. He has nearly 30 years of technical, program and management leadership experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, primarily with OEM and global technical consultancies with primary focus upon propulsion system technologies. Read more…

Bob Lee Bob Lee

Bob Lee is Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering for Chrysler Group LLC. He also was named to the position of Powertrain Coordination on the Group Executive Council (GEC) for Fiat S.p.A. on September 1, 2011. Read more…

Dana Hargitt Dana Hargitt

Dana Hargitt is Vice President, Components Engineering for the Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA). Before being appointed to this position, Hargitt was director, Supplier Quality Assurance. Read more…

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). Read more…

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. Read more…

Doug Patton Doug Patton

Doug Patton is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DENSO International America, Inc.'s Engineering Division, overseeing operation of development facilities, production engineering, testing and technical services, engineering administration and the company's product engineering. He is responsible for climate control; engine management systems and components; engine electrical; safety products; cluster, navigation and body electronics and small motor engineering. Read more…

Eric Tech Eric Tech

Eric Tech is senior vice president, Strategy and Planning, and president, Global and Specialty Businesses. Eric is responsible for our global truck, engine and parts businesses, including MWM International in Brazil and our China engine joint venture. He also oversees Pure Power Technologies and the Blue Diamond joint ventures. Read more…

Gary Rogers Gary Rogers

Gary W. Rogers is currently the Director of Research at the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science, having retired 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.

Gary Smyth Gary Smyth

Dr. J. Gary Smyth is Executive Director of Global Research and Development at General Motors Company.

Smyth began his career with GM in 1989 as a senior project engineer with GM Advanced Product Engineering in Warren, Michigan. He has held numerous positions in the Advanced Powertrain organization and was named Engineering Director, Advanced Propulsion System Controls in 1999, with responsibilities including advanced diesel and advanced emission development. In September 2004, he transferred to GM R&D as Director, Powertrain Systems Research Lab, where his responsibilities included directing all research and development globally for conventional and hybridized propulsion systems. In June 2010, Gary was promoted to Executive Director, North American Science Labs, GM Global Research and Development. Read more…

Takashi 'Jay' Aoyama Takashi "Jay" Aoyama

Takashi Aoyama has been a Board Member as well as President of Aisin Technical Center of America (ATC-A), Aisin Seiki's first independent product development company outside of Japan, since 2010. Aoyama leads the organization's expansion and reinforcement as the local Technical Center to ensure Aisin Group's continued success in the American marketplace. Read more…

Jeff Hemphill Jeff Hemphill

Jeff Hemphill is Vice-President and Chief Technical Officer of the Schaeffler Group in North America. Mr. Hemphill is responsible for new product development, analysis and testing of transmission, engine and chassis components and systems for conventional and hybrid vehicles. Read more…

Jeremy Holt Jeremy Holt

In his role as Vice president of TREMEC, a KUO group company, Jeremy is responsible for overall global sales, marketing and customer engineering activities. He is in charge of the strategic planning and development of the TREMEC businesses currently located in Belgium, India and Mexico as well as having specific responsibility for the US facilities and operations. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

Toshihiro Hirai Toshihiro Hirai

Toshihiro Hirai is the Corporate Vice President / Alliance Global Director for Powertrain Engineering Division in Nissan Motor Company / Renault SA.

Hirai is responsible for the corporative management for Powertrain Engineering organization of all Gasoline, Diesel, Hybrid and Drivetrain in Nissan / Renault and Alliance. Read more…

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. Read more…

Yo Usuba Yo Usuba

Yo Usuba is the President of JATCO Engineering Ltd. JATCO Engineering Ltd is a subsidiary of JATCO Ltd, which is providing engineering services such as automatic transmission application development and re-manufacturing. JATCO Ltd is the automatic transmission manufacturer with 49% share of global CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) production in 2012*. Read more…