Summit Speakers

Todd F. Mackintosh Todd F. Mackintosh
Technical Specialist
Global Vehicle Electrification Group General Motors

Todd Mackintosh has been in the battery business for over 17 years working first in lead acid batteries and then lithium-ion batteries. His battery career expands from GM's initial EV-1 launch through the recent launch of the Volt. He has held various positions in manufacturing and product development during this period. Currently, Mr. Mackintosh is a technical specialist working with General Motors in their Global Vehicle Electrification Group. In other roles, he chairs the SAE J2990 task force 'Hybrid and EV Recommendations for First and Second Responders', is program manager for the USABC recycling workgroup, and serves on The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) Board of Directors.


Kenneth R. Willette Kenneth R. Willette
Division Manager
Public Fire Protection National Fire Protection Association

Kenneth R. Willette has 35 years of experience in fire service and emergency preparedness planning. He has served as an airfield/structural firefighter for the Department of Defense and served the Wilbraham, MA. Fire Department for 26 years, rising through the ranks to serve 7 years as Chief of Department and Emergency Management Director.

In 2003, he accepted command of the Concord Massachusetts Fire Department, serving as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director until 2009. In 2010, he joined the National Fire Protection Association as Manager of the Public Fire Protection Division. He earned a BS in Fire Protection Administration from Empire State University, Stony Brook, NY and is a Past President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts.


Phil Gorney
US Department of Transportation

Phil Gorney has been in the automotive industry 34 years serving in various development, support and manufacturing roles. Currently he is Safety Research Engineer with the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His expertise is on electric propulsion and energy storage systems. Mr. Gorney earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University (Calumet).


Ken Boyce Ken Boyce
Principal Engineer, Manager - Energy
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Manager - Energy at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Ken has over 25 years of experience in safety engineering across a wide range of product sectors including industrial, high-tech, and innovative products. He is presently the technical manager for energy technologies, overseeing standards development and technical operations for electric vehicle, renewable energy, battery, and biofuel equipment. Mr. Boyce is also active in the code-development community, serving as a member of National Electrical Code Panel 1 and authoring several code proposals. He works closely with US National Laboratories, including the completion of a number of significant research projects.


Theodore Bohn Theodore Bohn
Senior Power Electronics Engineer
Transportation Technology R&D Center Argonne National Laboratory

Ted Bohn is Senior Power Electronics Engineer with the Transportation Technology R&D Center at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has extensive experience in electrical engineering in industrial and research environments, with an emphasis on power electronics, electric machines, and control systems. Prior to joining Argonne National Laboratory Mr. Bohn was an Electrical Engineer at General Motors. He has over a decade of experience in hybrid electric vehicle-related design projects, and was the recipient of the Grainger Outstanding Power Electronics Engineer Award in 2002.


Oliver Gross Oliver Gross
Energy Storage Systems Specialist
Chrysler LLC

Mr. Gross is an Energy Storage Systems Specialist, for High Voltage Energy Storage Solutions, at Chrysler Group, LLC, where he is responsible for the Battery systems technology roadmap for Chrysler and Fiat Group. He holds both a BS and a Master's Degree in Materials Science, for the University of Toronto. He has 20 years' experience in the advanced energy storage industry. Prior to Chrysler he was at Cobasys, where he was responsible for all Nickel Metal-Hydride cell and module development, as well as the development of their lithium-ion battery portfolio. Before Cobasys, Mr. Gross was at Valence Technology, where he was responsible for lithium-ion cell design and development, which included extended-term deployments to Northern Ireland, South Korea, and China. Before Valence, he was at Ultralife, developing lithium primary and secondary cells for extreme environment applications. Mr. Gross current chairs the SAE task force for Capacitve Energy Storage Devices.


Casey Grant Casey Grant
Research Director
Fire Protection Research Foundation

Casey C. Grant is the Research Director for the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with the National Fire Protection Association as its research affiliate. His responsibilities include oversight for the multiple research projects in support of the Foundation's mission to plan, manage and facilitate research on behalf of the NFPA mission to make the world safer from fire and related hazards.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both in Fire Protection Engineering. Casey is a Registered Professional Engineer in Fire Protection Engineering in the states of California and Tennessee.


Keith Wilson Keith Wilson
Manager, Technical Projects
Ground Vehicle Standards SAE International

Keith Wilson is Manager of Technical Projects for SAE International. He coordinates projects and standards activities related to advanced vehicle technologies and he is involved in developing innovative business strategies surrounding vehicle safety systems, electro-mobility, chassis systems and materials/processes. Mr. Wilson's role at SAE International also includes business development, ground vehicle standards support, cooperative research programs and marketing activities. He is also responsible for the development of technical proposals and technical project management.

Prior to joining SAE International, Mr. Wilson has served in automotive engineering and technical leadership positions, including Engineering Group Manager, General Motors Automotive Safety Center. In addition, he served as Manager, Vehicle Crash Test Operations, for GM Safety and Restraints Center.

Mr. Wilson earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Cleary University.


Lt. Jason Emery Lt. Jason Emery
Waterbury FD, Connecticut, USA

A 22-year veteran of the fire service, Lt. Jason Emery has been with the Waterbury FD (CT) for 18 years, currently assigned to their Rescue Company. He has lectured extensively on hybrid and electric vehicles, and has published numerous articles on the subject. Lt. Emery is a Subject Matter Expert for the NFPA, and the lead instructor for their Hybrid and Electric Vehicle safety training program. He is a member of the SAE 2990 Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Task Force. He also instructed as part of the Chevrolet Volt training team for first responders throughout the country. Lt. Emery holds a B.S. in Fire Science from the University of New Haven.


Samit Ghosh Samit Ghosh
CEO and President
P3 North America, Inc.

Dr. Ghosh is CEO and President of P3 North America, Inc., a Professional Management Service and Engineering Solutions company. Since 2005, he has been responsible for leading the company's growth in the US automotive industry, especially in the fields of alternative powertrain and vehicle electronics.

In his prior roles as a Senior Consultant and Principal at P3 offices in Germany, Canada and the US, Dr. Ghosh has consulted for leading automotive companies in the fields of process management, product development, technology and innovation management. He has been closely involved with the early eMobility programs of top European and US OEMs and continues to be actively involved in this field.

He is experienced in automotive product development, advanced propulsion systems (hybrid, fuel cell and electric), infotainment systems, aviation, management processes and international development cooperation.

Dr. Ghosh holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Dipl.-Ing. Maschinen bau (the German equivalent to an MSME) from RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. He is a member of the SAE International, German American Chamber of Commerce and the Alumni Association North America for RWTH University in Aachen. He was awarded the Crain's Detroit Business 40 under 40 award in 2010.


Colin Casey Colin Casey
Chief Engineer, Hybrid and Electric Powertrains Navistar, Inc.

Mr. Casey is Chief Engineer of Hybrid and Electric Powertrains at Navistar, Inc. He is responsible for the development and ongoing support of hybrid and electric powertrains for Navistar's product family of commercial trucks and buses.

Mr. Casey holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a 12-year member of SAE International and chairman of the SAE Truck and Bus Hybrid Safety committee.

He is the inventor of 7 U.S. patents.


Domenico Gabrielli Domenico Gabrielli
Principal Engineer
Automotive Safety Office Ford Motor Company

Mr. Gabrielli is a Principal Engineer in the Automotive Safety Office of the Ford Motor Company. He has been with the company for over 30 years holding positions in product engineering/planning and product safety strategy/compliance activities. Among his current responsibilities is support of vehicle programs utilizing electrified propulsion systems. Mr. Gabriellis is a registered Professional Engineer (Michigan), a 6-sigma Black Belt, and received BSME and MBA degrees from the Lawrence Technological University.


Ronald E. Moore Ronald E. Moore
EV Training Project

Division Chief Ron Moore retired from a more than 32-year fire service career in 2011, serving as the Chief Training Officer of the McKinney (TX) Fire Department. Chief Moore is the author of now over 200 published articles in his renowned University of Extrication series, featured each month in Firehouse Magazine and is the moderator of the University of Extrication interactive section of the Firehouse.com website. Ron currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the NFPA EV Safety Training program.


Jennifer Tomilin Jennifer Tomilin
Global Head and Chief Underwriting Officer
Commercial Lines Motor Zurich General Insurance

Jennifer Tomilin is the Chief Executive in charge of Zurich's Global Commercial Motor Line of Business. In this role, she leads and provides executive leadership over underwriting and portfolio management for Zurich's Commercial Lines Motor worldwide. Ms. Tomilin joined Zurich in 2005 with more than 30 years of underwriting and product management experience in the Commercial Lines marketplace. She has also held other executive leadership positions Zurich and with CNA and AIG, among others. During her career, Ms. Tomilin was actively engaged in the development and deployment of predictive analytics in the underwriting environment for Workers Compensation and Commercial Auto. Ms. Tomilin is a recognized industry authority within the workers' compensation line, speaking frequently on a variety of issues, including underwriting trends and emerging issues. She is a regular speaker and panelist at the Florida Workers' Compensation Education Conference, the Casualty Actuarial Society, ISO and RIMS. She has served on several industry committees and served as chairperson of the National Workers Compensation Reinsurance Pool.


Jeff DeFrank Jeff DeFrank
Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of Engineering
CTO ALTe LLC

Jeff DeFrank utilizes his 26 years of engineering expertise covering the nuclear and mechanical disciplines. His experience includes 11 years of EV/Hybrid expertise along with complete vehicle development with heavy emphasis on predictive simulation methods. He worked at Ford, MSX, MDI and Tesla Motors where he was the Sr. Manager of Vehicle Engineering responsible for 3 vehicles throughout his tenure there. He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York.