Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 25, 11:00 am


Erik White
Assistant Chief of the Mobile Source Control Division - California Air Resources Board

Erik is the Assistant Chief of the Mobile Source Control Division at the California Air Resources Board. Erik received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA in 1993. In his current capacity, Erik oversees a staff of over 100 in the development and implementation of most of California in-use diesel programs, including statewide regulations to reduce emissions private on-road trucks, off-road construction fleets, private transit fleets, refuse hauler fleets, and public and utility fleets. Erik's staff is also responsible for the development of proposed new statewide fleet requirements for operators of off-road agricultural equipment. In addition, Erik oversees the ARB's diesel retrofit verification program and various demonstration programs for new and emerging diesel retrofit technologies, as well as the ARB's heavy-duty diesel emission testing laboratory in downtown Los Angeles.

In support of these programs, Erik's staff is responsible for many of California's diesel vehicle financial incentive programs including the Carl Moyer, AB118 and Lower Emission School Bus programs. Together, these programs offer over $300 million of state funding to reduce emissions from existing diesel vehicles.

During his tenure at ARB, Erik has also had the opportunity to work on ARB's emission reduction strategies for locomotives, ocean-going vessels, and harborcraft, as well as the development and implementation of California's alternative and reformulated fuels regulations.

Tuesday, October 26, 11:00 am

">Efficient-clean-combustion design demands new approaches to combustion simulation

Ellen Meeks, Ph.D. Ellen Meeks, Ph.D.
Vice President, Product Development - Reaction Design

Dr. Meeks has led product development and engineering services for 12 years at Reaction Design, where she has overseen the development of innovative simulation technology targeting clean combustion. In recent years she has also directed the Model Fuels Consortium, an industry-funded program that has focused on developing advanced methods for predicting fuel effects and emissions in automotive engine simulations. Previously, she spent 10 years as a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in the areas of combustion, materials, and plasma processing, where she was also a principal developer of the third generation CHEMKIN Software. She is a mechanical engineer by training, with a Ph. D. from Stanford University. An author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, she has had a career-long interest in applying computer simulation toward improving product design, increasing process efficiency, and reducing environmental impact. She is currently serving on the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wednesday, October 27, 11:00 am

">Motors for Automotive Electrification

Peter J. Savagian
Engineering Director, Hybrid Powertrain Systems Engineering and Electric Motor Release Centers - General Motors

Pete serves as Engineering Director of GM's Hybrid Powertrain Systems Engineering and Electric Motor Release Centers. For the past 10 years he has managed product development and advanced engineering for GM's hybrid systems, including hybrid architecture development, electric drive components, systems analysis and control algorithm development. Pete has worked on electric vehicle systems since 1990. Prior to his current assignment, Pete was Chief Engineer for GM's EV1 Electric Vehicle motors and power electronics at General Motors and Delco Electronics. In the past, he has worked at Hughes and Sundstrand in various engineering roles. Pete holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a MS in Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Duke University.