Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, October 17
8:00 a.m.
Civic Ballroom South

Dr. Bengt Johansson "The Combustion, Thermal, Gas Exchange and Mechanical Efficiencies of HCCI Engines"
Dr. Bengt Johansson
Professor, Combustion Engine Division
Lund University in Sweden
Dr. Johansson has made significant contributions in engine research, particularly with respect to in-cylinder flow motions and their effects on spark-ignited flame propagation and engine performance. Most notable is his pioneering Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine research. Dr. Johansson's contributions in this area include fundamental investigations of the effects of load, boost pressure, fuel-type, turbulence, water injection, and compression ratio. He and his research group developed and applied innovative diagnostic methods and modeling approaches for combustion characterization. Dr. Johansson is a well-known authority in HCCI; a number of his publications on HCCI are regarded as the industry standard. He has been the recipient of both the SAE Horning Memorial and the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit awards.

Wednesday, October 18
8:00 a.m.
Civic Ballroom South

Rich Williams "Ford's E-450 H2ICE Program"
Rich Williams
H2ICE Project Management Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Rich Williams has been with Ford for over 28 years. During that time, his responsiblities have included engine design and powertrain development for the F-Series and Ranger Trucks and vehicle engineering and program management for the Econoline, Probe, Aspire and Escort vehicles. He's also led new business and infrastructure development for Ford's alternate fuel vehicle programs and was the Program Manager for the restoration of 33 antique touring buses for Glacier National Park. For the last three years Rich has been the Program Manager Supervisor for the Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle program, the only OEM produced H2ICE vehicle being placed in the hands of the customer for real-world usage.

Thursday, October 19
8:00 a.m.
Civic Ballroom South

Dr. Craig Fairbridge "Fueling our Future with Oil Sands"
Dr. Craig Fairbridge
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Fairbridge is a senior scientist in Natural Resources Canada at the National Centre for Upgrading Technology, a Canada-Alberta alliance for bitumen and heavy oil research. He graduated from Lakehead University (MSc) and the University of St. Andrews (PhD) in physical chemistry. Dr. Fairbridge has worked on the conversion of coal, natural gas and oil sands to liquid transportation fuels through catalyst development and processing research. His current interest is the role of fuel chemistry in enabling advanced combustion. Dr. Fairbridge is the recipient of a Canadian Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Award for the development, transfer and commercialization of a diesel fuel ignition quality tester (IQT™).