SAE 2013 International Natural Gas Symposium

March 12-13, 2013

Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Clemson Univ - ICAR


Stephen Abernathy
Manager of CNG Design and Construction
Piedmont Natural Gas

Stephen V Abernathy, PE, CEM is Manager of CNG Design and Construction for Piedmont Natural Gas. He is responsible for oversight of the design, construction and maintenance of Piedmont's company owned and operated CNG stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and also stations that Piedmont designs and constructs for third party operators. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. He is an Associate Member of NFPA 54/ASC Z23 Committee, a Member of the AGA Building Energy Codes and Standards (BECS)Committee and the International Green Construction Code Committee.

Michael Bargende Michael Bargende


  • 1991 PhD at the TU Darmstadt (Prof.Hohenberg) and the TU München(Prof. Woschni) with a Dissertation about Wall Heat Transfer in Internal Combustion Engines
  • 1982 Master (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering Universität Stuttgart, 1979 Bachelor (Vordiplom) in Air - and Space Technology Universität Stuttgart
  • 1982 - 1998 Several Managing Positions in the Engine Development Departments of the Daimler-Benz AG and Mercedes-Benz AG in Stuttgart / Untertürkheim
  • 1998-present: Full Professor of Internal Combustion Engines, Universität Stuttgart, and Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK)
  • 1998-present: Member of the Board of Management of the Research Institute for Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines, Stuttgart (FKFS) an Inde-pendent Non-Profit Research Foundation, founded in 1930.
  • 2010-present, 2004-2006 and 2000-2002 Managing Director of the IVK, Universität Stuttgart
  • 2010-present, 2004-2006 and 2000-2002 Chairman of the Board of the FKFS Academic and
Professional Experience
  • Advisor for over 50 Ph.D. Dissertations on engine- and powertrain-related Topics
  • Member of various Scientific Organizations, Associations and Councils
  • Evaluator for several German Research Associations, such as the DFG
  • Advisory Board Member for several Companies in the Automotive Industry
  • Author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications as on the subjects of Combustion, Thermodynamics, Gas Exchange, NVH, Mechanics, Modeling, Simulation and Control of Internal Combustion Engines, as well as Hybrid Powertrains, respectively.
  • Editor or co-author of several professional books (reference books, volumes, conference proceedings) as on the subject of Gasoline and Diesel Engines, Gas Engines and Hybrid Powertrains.

David Benner David Benner

Education: Associates Degree in Civil Engineering from Greenville Technical College sponsored by Clemson University.
Experience: 18 years Technical Sales throughout the Southeast as well as managing Wholesale
Distribution: Water & Wastewater Equipment: Pumps, Motors & Mixers Instrumentation Specialty Gas Equipment: Regulators, Meters, Valves, Gauges, Transducers & Fittings In 2006 David started Mainstay Industrial, LLC, and an industrial distributor focusing on Instrumentation Equipment for High Pressure Specialty Gas & Chemical Applications in the Carolinas. In 2008 David and Mike Stogner started Mainstay Alternatives, LLC to focus specifically on the CNG/NGV Market throughout the US.

Dr. Kathryn Clay Dr. Kathryn Clay
Executive Director of the Drive Natural Gas Initiative

Dr. Kathryn Clay is the Executive Director of the Drive Natural Gas Initiative. More than fifty producers and distributors of natural gas have joined as founding members of this collaboration between the American Gas Association (AGA) and America's Natural Gas Association (ANGA). Together, the participating companies share a common vision of enhancing our national energy security by promoting the greater use of natural gas in our transportation sector.

Previously, Dr. Clay was the Vice President of Research and Technology Policy for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. She served as a member of the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she worked to develop the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. She was also centrally involved in the development and passage of legislation (the America COMPETES Act of 2007) to promote federal investment in science and the development of innovative technologies.

Dr. Clay has also served in positions with the staff of the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, at the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, and as a research fellow in the Alternate Fuels Vehicle Division of Ford Motor Company. She is an adjunct professor of physics at Georgetown University, as well as the co-founder of the University's Program on Science in the Public Interest. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Brian Daniels Brian Daniels
Product Manager Vocational and Alternative Fuels
Daimler Trucks North America

Brian Daniels graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.B.A. in Marketing. Brian now resides with his wife and two children in Charlotte, North Carolina working in the Fort Mill, South Carolina offices for Daimler Trucks North America.

His 15 yrs of industry experience include sales and technical product support in the engine and commercial vehicle industry.

He currently works as the Product Manager for Vocational and Alternative Fuel segments with Daimler Trucks North America for the Freightliner brand.

In his time with Daimler Brian has lead over 20 major development projects focused on fuel economy, weight reduction, reliability and performance with internal powertrain brand Detroit (formerly Detroit Diesel) and suppliers such Allison, Cummins, Eaton and Meritor.

Bill Dawson Bill Dawson
SVP Product Management
Group Trucks Sales & Marketing
Volvo Group

As SVP Product Management, Bill focuses specifically on the broad areas of alternative fuels, product quality, new products and safety within Group Trucks Sales & Marketing (North and South America). Bill acts as the liaison to Operations, Advanced Technology, and other Volvo Group units to ensure that we deliver quality products, and that we are on top of the emerging natural gas market for heavy-duty trucks.

Bill has been senior vice president - product management for the Mack and Volvo truck brands since March 2011, and prior to that he led the customer satisfaction group in support of both brands. With more than 20 years of experience with Mack and Volvo, and a total of 43 years in the trucking industry, Bill has unique insight in delivering products for the 21st Century, most notably, alternative fuels.

Lisa Evia Lisa Evia
Vice President, Marketing and Strategy
Navistar, Inc.

Lisa Evia is the vice president of marketing and strategy for Navistar, Inc., a Fortune 250 maker of commercial and military vehicles and diesel engines. She is responsible for ensuring that the company's strategic plans align with marketplace reality and support achievement of the company's financial objectives. She also oversees the company's corporate economic and industry forecasting, competitive intelligence, market analytics and customer insights functions.

Evia joined Navistar in 2005. She assumed her present position in 2011 after serving for two years as director of business strategy and marketing for NC2 Global LLC, a Caterpillar and Navistar joint venture. She was responsible for the venture's global marketing organization and business strategy, including product portfolio planning, market segmentation and investment for maximum return in each global market served. Priority markets included Australia, Brazil, Russia and Southern Africa.

Before that, Evia was Navistar's manager of global marketing strategy. She established vehicle brand and marketing strategies for the company's global markets, including China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and Southern Africa. She partnered with region vice presidents to create business plans and manage regional marketing teams, and led a joint venture/acquisition team that ensured marketing due diligence and negotiated appropriate marketplace presence for Navistar brands.

Prior to that position, Evia was Navistar's manager for financial communications, managing all internal and external communications related to the financial health of the corporation. She developed strategic messaging and distribution of all material communications during a period when the company underwent a financial restatement and re-established current filing status.

Before that position, Evia served as marketing communications manager for Navistar's heavy vehicles unit, managing a $10.7 million integrated marketing communications plan for a $5 billion product line. Her responsibilities included advertising, public relations, promotions, events, collateral and online campaigns. She led launches of two new vehicles and established clear aerodynamics differentiation from the company's leading competitor.

Prior to joining Navistar, Evia was a senior account executive at advertising agency Ambrosi & Associates, where she oversaw the relaunch of the Fannie May brand. As a senior project manager at the Creata promotion agency, she led development of global Happy Meal programs for McDonald's. Before that, she was a brand marketing manager at EA Spa, a body care manufacturer, and an account executive at ECI Advantage, a promotion agency. She holds an M.S. in integrated marketing from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in marketing and communication from San Diego State University.

Santana Freeman Santana Freeman
GLEAMNS Head Start

Santana Delano Freeman is the son of William C. (deceased) and Virginia Freeman. He resides in Abbeville along with his wife, the former Terri Young and Tristin Freeman. His list of accomplishments include:

  • 1991 Abbeville High School Graduate
  • 1996 Clemson University Graduate with a BA in Psychology
  • Serves as Captain in the SC Army National Guard with 19 years of service
  • Operation Enduring Freedom veteran
  • Elected to Abbeville City Council in 2000 and recently elected as MayorPro Tem
  • Serves a Area Manager with GLEAMNS Head Start
  • A member of ST. Peter AME Church
He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and exercising in his spare time.

J. Michael Gallagher, Ph.D. J. Michael Gallagher, Ph.D.
Senior Adviser
Former President and Chief Operating Officer
Westport Innovations

Dr. J. Michael Gallagher is Senior Adviser, and Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Westport Innovations, where he is working to encourage the global adoption of natural gas in clean transportation systems. Dr. Gallagher is currently Chairman of the 60-organization Natural Gas Group of the two-year US national energy study, the DOE NPC Study of Future Transportation Fuels. He also serves as Chairman of the Boards of Agility Fuel Systems, a leading natural gas fuel systems company, and the Southern California Air Quality Management District's Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, and is Former Chairman of the Board of Cummins Westport Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada-British Columbia.

Thomas Griffin Thomas Griffin
Chief Engineer

Thomas Griffin started his career as an engine room technician on offshore oilfield crew and supply boats. He later joined the Navy Reserves as an airplane hydraulic systems mechanic for 7 years. At the same time, he attended college and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

After obtaining his Bachelors, he began work at Competition Cams as an R&D Engineer in Testing, Design & Customer Engineering, focusing on NASCAR, NHRA, IRL and OEM valve trains. During his 16 years there, he received his MS in Mechanical Engineering, which focused on vibration and valve train dynamics.

Thomas then went to work for Cummins Recon for two years as New Product Engineer where he managed the introduction of most of the On-Highway 2007 EPA variable geometry turbochargers. After leaving Cummins Recon, he worked as a National Account Technical Support Manager for some of Cummins' largest customers such as FedEx. Wal-Mart and Tyson.

He is currently the Chief Engineer for FedEx Express Global Vehicles group and his main function is to explore alternative fuels and propulsion systems for vehicles that can be implemented in their fleet.

He is married with one daughter. He enjoys running, swimming, cycling, landscaping and travel.

James N. Harger James N. Harger
Chief Marketing Officer
Clean Energy

Mr. Harger has been involved in the natural gas business for nearly 30 years - the majority has been dedicated to marketing Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and building fueling stations.

In 1997, after 14 years of service at Southern California Gas Company, Mr. Harger left the utility to join Pickens Fuel Corp., the predecessor to Clean Energy, as Vice President of Marketing. He was the company's second employee.

At Clean Energy, Mr. Harger leads a sales organization that focuses on airport vehicles, solid waste trucks, transit buses and over the road (OTR) and regional trucks. The company's growing customer base includes Republic Services, UPS, Waste Management, several metropolitan transit agencies and a growing list of major airports across the country. In partnership with Pilot Flying J, he's leading the company's effort to build and load a network of 150 LNG stations that will be the backbone of America's Natural Gas Highway. By the end of 2012, the first phase will be complete so OTR and regional trucks can operate coast to coast and border to border.

The knowledge and leadership of his North American sales team have seen the company grow from $2 million in revenue in 1997 to nearly $300 million in 2011. In June 2007, he assisted in Clean Energy's (Nasdaq: CLNE) successful IPO which raised $120 million.

Mr. Harger received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Douglas S. Haugh Douglas S. Haugh
Mansfield Oil Company

Doug Haugh has over fifteen years' experience working in the energy and technology industries. A chemical engineer by education, Doug began his career with Exxon, serving in marketing and business development.

As President of Mansfield Oil Company, Doug is the driving force behind Mansfield's sales and marketing activities including national account sales, channel sales, new business development, corporate marketing, and field sales operations. His strategic and technology-driven focus allows the organization to develop future programs and systems, while maintaining high-level execution for our customers today. Doug's global perspective and entrepreneurial spirit enables Mansfield customers to overcome the challenges they face in fuel supply, financial controls, and risk management.

Throughout his career, Doug has concentrated on building high performance organizations that focus on developing leading edge processes and technology to manage complex supply chains. As co-founder and COO of FuelQuest, Doug created supply chain management and tax automation solutions throughout the downstream energy industry for clients like Walmart, Ryder, 7-Eleven, UPS, and Chevron.

In 2006, Doug was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, Energy Technology, Houston and Gulf Coast Area. He was honored as a 2009 Clemson Alumni Entrepreneur by the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson University. He was named to the CIO 100 in 2010 and 2011. Doug graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA in Technology Management.

Stuart Johnson
Senior Manager
Engineering and Environmental Office
Volkswagen Group of America

Stuart Johnson is a senior manager in the Engineering and Environmental Office of Volkswagen Group of America, where he is currently responsible power train regulatory affairs related to energy policy, fuel economy, fuel quality, alternative fuels, vehicle and engine emission testing, vehicle and engine emission regulations, advanced drive technology, health effects, recycling and materials management.

Stuart has worked for Volkswagen Group of America for 28 years. Prior to his present position he has been responsible for Volkswagen power train development projects related to alternative fuels, engine and engine component design and development, and vehicle, engine and component testing.

Stuart holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a lifelong member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and has published SAE papers related to fuel efficiency.

Dick Kauling Dick Kauling
Engineering Manager
Gaseous Fuel Technical Resource Centre

Dick Kauling is currently the Engineering Manager for the Gaseous Fuel Technical Resource Centre, part of GM's Powertrain engineering organization, located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He is actively working on and supporting many of GM's global compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) applications.

Dick had previous responsibly to manage all the vehicle electrical and controls activity as part of GM's Canadian Regional Engineering Centre (CREC) as well as responsibilities in overseeing CREC's Pre-production, Computer Aided Engineering. Tests & Validation, Laboratory and Kapuskasing Cold Weather Development Centre activities. During that time period, he was actively involved in ensuring the successful Oshawa assembly of the 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles as part of GM's Project Driveway program and ensuring hydrogen refueling capability in Kapuskasing.

Prior to that assignment, Dick was overall design and engineering execution responsible for all North American CNG and LPG vehicle programs for vehicles sold from 1997 to 2006. Dick has extensive experience in chassis powertrain mounting for North American front wheel drive applications, experience in powertrain design integration and production launch, and worked on a previous Canadian Players Challenge Motorsports program. Dick started his 32 year career at GM as an engine calibration and development engineer working on various engine and vehicle programs. Dick earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in 1983 and is a member of SAE.

Timm Kehler Timm Kehler
Erdgas Mobil

Since 2009 Dr. Timm Kehler has been managing director of erdgas mobil. Erdgas mobil's mission is to combine the activities and experiences of leading German gas companies in order to further establish the eco-friendly fuels natural gas and renewable biomethane by enhancing the market for vehicles running on natural gas and by corresponding infrastructure for public filling stations.

Dr. Timm Kehler studied mechanical engineering and industrial design in Berlin and received his Ph.D. in engineering from Technical University in Berlin. He worked for BMW Group in different managerial capacities for 12 years - among them Vice President Marketing Pre-Development and Innovation responsible for the marketing innovation think-tank, telematics and online services as well as the hydrogen vehicle initiative "BMW CleanEnergy".

In 2007 he was nominated "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum.

Scott Myers Scott Myers
Founder, CEO and President
Ecodual, LLC

Created a new Clean Energy company that provides a patent pending dual fuel system that enables Class 6/7/8 diesel/JP-8/kerosene trucks to operate on up to 80% natural gas (CNG or LNG) without loss of power or range. This system reduces fuel costs by 50%, greatly increasing operating margins and achieving payback to fleet truck owners in less than 12 months. By November 1, 2012, EcoDual Group, LP (EDG) will start shipping orders for an EPA certified system. EDG is focusing over the next 5 years on capturing 0.7% of the addressable U.S. commercial market of 7.5 million trucks.

Patric Ouellette
Vice President and Cgief Tehcnology Officer
Westport Innovations

Dr. Patric Ouellette, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Westport Innovations. Dr. Ouellette joined Westport Innovations at its founding in 1995 in the role of Chief Scientist. He received a M.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia in 1992 and 1996 respectively, following a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Montreal's École Polytechnique in 1989. While at the University of British Columbia he was part of the team that developed the HPDI fuel system technology later acquired by Westport. Dr. Ouellette has been leading Technology and Engineering teams at Westport developing technologies and products focused on efficient and robust use of gaseous fuels in heavy duty engines for buses and trucks. Dr. Ouellette served on the Board of Directors of Cummins Westport Inc. between 2009 and 2012 and has been serving since 2001 on the Research Management Committee of AUTO21, a national center of excellence program for automotive research in Canada.

Joel F. Reese, III Joel F. Reese, III
Interim General Manager

Joel Reese is currently Interim General Manager - Sales for South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), a SCANA Company, where he is responsible for Residential and Commercial sales for the natural gas business unit including CNG growth. Since joining SCE&G in 1987, Joel has held various field and leadership positions in both the Electric and Natural Gas Business Units. He has held positions as a Residential Account Manager; Commercial Account Manager; Energy Information Center Supervisor; Manager - Energy Information; Manager - Sales Support; and Division Sales Manager. He is an Accredited Commercial Energy Manager and is certified in ACCA Manuals J, D, T, S and N. He is a Board Member of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors and has also served on many state level energy related panels. He has presented numerous seminars on energy and energy efficiency and conservation. He holds a BA with Honors from Newberry College, Newberry SC.

Kevin Stork Kevin Stork
Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia

Serves as team leader for Fuel and Lubricant Technologies in EERE's Vehicle Technologies Program. The team's R&D efforts focus on technologies with the potential to directly displace petroleum-based fuels in vehicles, development of improved lubricants that can reduce parasitic energy losses and serve as drop-in retrofits for existing vehicles, and development of the knowledge base on fuel effects in advanced combustion regimes. Previously worked at Argonne National Laboratory and Occidental Petroleum.

Brian Weeks Brian Weeks
Regional Manager
Gas Technology Institute

Brian Weeks is the Regional Manager for Gas Technology Institute (GTI). GTI is a non-profit research and development institute that has been bringing innovative technology to the energy industry for over 70 years. GTI performs work for federal and state agencies and for private companies within the energy industry.

Mr. Weeks oversees GTI's advanced energy technology regional programs and manages GTI's Houston office. Mr. Weeks is involved in end use technology projects such as clean fuels infrastructure, distributed power generation, and renewable energy demonstrations and also coordinates some of GTI's many pipeline integrity projects. He has authored several papers on hydrogen infrastructure, LNG, and energy storage technologies for GTI's client companies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. DOE, the U.S. DOT, and various private industry clients.

Mr. Weeks has managed several "first of its kind" technology demonstration projects for GTI, including those that address advanced fuel infrastructure systems for hydrogen, natural gas, and hybrid electric vehicles. Prior to his position with GTI, Mr. Weeks spent 16 years with ChevronTexaco, managing energy demonstration projects in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. He also spent time in Washington, D.C. as Texaco's natural gas regulatory policy director.

Mr. Weeks is currently on the Board of two non-profit organizations in Houston and is an active member of the ASME and is an advisory member of the Houston Technology Center. He is on the advisory board of the Rice University Technology Alliance and the Texas Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Commercialization.

Mr. Weeks is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received his engineering degree. He also has an MBA and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He resides in Houston.