SAE 2013 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition

May 20-23, 2013

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

DeVos Place Convention Center


Keynote Presentation: Automotive NVH Career Needs

Bernard Challen Bernard Challen
Independent Engineering Consultant
Inaugural recipient of the SAE International Ralph K. Hillquist NVH Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, May 21
Ballroom A
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Challen is an independent engineering consultant, working with clients around the world and operating mainly in the automotive industry sector. He has experience in a range of technology areas, including internal combustion engine design, development and application; automotive electronics and the technologies involved with powertrain and vehicle noise and vibration, instrumentation, measurement; and control and CAE technical development and implementation policy.

He is an advocate of modern systems engineering and mathematical modelling. Active in various professional engineering societies, he has served as a director of SAE International, where he was awarded the SAE Medal of Honor in 2008. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design at the University of Sussex.

His career has spanned over 40 years in the automotive industry, involved with powertrain design, development and testing. A one-time technical director at Ricardo Consulting Engineers in Shoreham, he was responsible for the formation of their North American activities. He has been an independent consultant, working with clients around the world, since 1991.

Keynote Presentation: NVH Development and Attribute Balance for Emerging Markets, Challenges and Rewards
Alexandre Nunes

Alexandre Nunes
Senior Manager at General Motors Proving Grounds in Brazil

Wednesday, May 22
Ballroom A
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Nunes is a senior manager at General Motors South America, responsible for Noise and Vibration, Vehicle Dynamics, Human Factors, Energy and Vehicle Safety. He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics and a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering/Acoustics.

He has worked for 19 years in the automotive industry, 17 years of which has been dedicated to vehicle Noise & Vibration. In the last 10 years, Nunes was responsible for over 20 vehicle NVH projects for emerging market countries, including South America, South Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. In addition to performing many vehicle ride events in those regions, he lived three years in China, supporting GM vehicle development and the construction of a fully capable Noise and Vibration Lab.

This professional experience has provided Nunes with ample opportunity to learn about vehicle interior noise and balance under the light of different customer expectations, driving habits and road conditions.

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