SAE 2015 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 16-18, 2015

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:10 p.m.

Daniel Sperling Daniel Sperling

Director
Institute of Transportation Studies - U.C. Davis

Dr. Daniel Sperling is an international expert on transportation technology, fuels and policy, with a focus on energy and environment. He is a Distinguished Professor of Transportation Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He also holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board and in 2015 is serving as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. In June 2013, he was named a recipient of the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation, described as the Nobel Prize for the environmental sciences. He has testified 10 times to the US Congress and state legislatures, and provided 40 keynote presentations in the past five years. He has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 12 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is widely cited in leading newspapers, has been interviewed many times on NPR radio, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation and Fresh Air, and in 2009 he was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.

Sheryl Connelly Sheryl Connelly

Manager, Global Trends and Futurist
Ford

Sheryl Connelly has served as Ford's corporate futurist for over a decade; as such she is responsible for identifying global consumer trends that feed into functions across the entire company, including design, product development and corporate strategy. Fast Company magazine named her the 24th Most Creative Person in Business in 2013. Connelly has been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan and Wharton School of Business and a featured speaker at TED Global. She has been profiled in The Atlantic, Forbes, and Delta's Sky magazine. Before working for Ford, she practiced law. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, she holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in business administration. She has taught design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.