SAE 2014 Thermal Management Systems Symposium

September 22-24, 2014

Denver, Colorado, USA

Sheraton Denver West

Symposium Organizers

Ales Alajbegovic Ales Alajbegovic

Vice President - Ground Transportation Applications
Exa Corporation

Ales Alajbegovic received his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He started at Exa Corporation as the Applications Manager responsible for the development of external aerodynamics applications using Lattice-Boltzmann Method. His next appointment was at AVL where he was a Team Leader responsible for the development of the multiphase flow CFD capabilities in FIRE code. After AVL he joined General Dynamics as a Senior Research Scientist. He is currently a Vice President responsible for the ground transportation applications at Exa Corporation.

John Rugh John Rugh

Task Leader - Electric Drive Vehicle Climate Control Reduction Project
Task Leader - Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management Project
DOE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John Rugh works at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center where the mission is to assist the automotive industry to reduce the nation's consumption of oil for transportation. John is the task leader of the Electric Drive Vehicle Climate Control Reduction project where the team is researching ways to reduce the impact of climate control on range. John is also the task leader the Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management project. The objective of this project is to research opportunities to reduce vehicle cost and complexity by combining fluid loops in advanced vehicles such as plug-in hybrids.

Bashar AbdulNour Bashar AbdulNour

Dr. Bashar AbdulNour is the manager of the Thermal Analysis and Validation Group at General Dynamics Land Systems. He leads a large team of analysis and testing engineers working on the design and integration of thermal systems of all types of ground vehicles. Concurrently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University. His areas of expertise are Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and thermal management. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University and was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. Later, he joined Ford Motor Company where he developed extensive knowledge of vehicle climate control and powertrain cooling engineering.

Dr. AbdulNour has over 55 published journal and conference papers. He has been the chairman of twenty-six technical sessions at national and international conferences and has given more than 60 technical presentations. He is the co-organizer of the Climate Control Session of SAE International Congress since 2001, and was the technical keynote speaker in 2014. Also, he has been involved with VTMS and TMSS since 2005.

Jeffrey Bozeman Jeffrey Bozeman
Vehicle Performance Engineer - Cabin Human Thermal Comfort and HVAC Technology
General Motors

Jeff (aka Iceman) is a Vehicle Performance Engineer at General Motors working in Cabin Human Thermal Comfort and HVAC technology. Jeff is focused on finding ways to improve driver and passenger thermal comfort while using the absolute minimum amount of energy possible.

His team uses Thermal Physiology to pinpoint exactly where climate control small air streams will provide maximum comfort without blasting cold or hot air where it is unneeded. Digital Thermal Physiology models are used by the team, as math the best physiological model of the human anatomy. Virtual testing speeds vehicle development, allowing climate control innovations to reach customers faster.

Jeff has worked in HVAC for 27 years following a BSME from Kettering University and a MSME from University of Michigan where he specialized in fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Jeffrey is a past chairman of the SAE Thermal Management Committee and has co-authored SAE papers. He has been an organizer for the SAE Congress Climate Control Technical Sessions since 2003.

Wilko Jansen Wilko Jansen
Technical Specialist
Thermal Management
Jaguar Land Rover

Graduated from "The Institute of Automotive Engineering" in the Netherlands in 1996. Joined Jaguar Cars Ltd. in 1997 on the graduate scheme in the Vehicle Analysis Department working in the Aerodynamics team. Supported several vehicle programmes as the Aero attribute leader. Specialized in Thermal Management within Jaguar and set up the Thermal Management group within vehicle engineering in 2000. Supported several vehicle programmes as the Thermal attribute leader including vehicle testing and CAE.

Jaguar and Land Rover grouped together in 2002. Promoted into position of Technical Specialist within the Thermal group in 2003. This current role includes managing the Thermal Analysis team, responsible for thermal protection and cooling airflow on all Jaguar and Land Rover projects as well as leading the technical development on Thermal Management.

Areas covered under my remit are: Thermal Performance, Heat protection, Hybridisation, Brake cooling, infotainment thermal management and warm up. Within these fields I cover both vehicle tests and CAE.

Main focus is on developing the CAE capability to reduce prototypes and development time. With this I'm driving the virtual engineering of the Thermal attribute within Jaguar Land Rover. The result of this is a high level of CAE capability within the development process with a significant prototype reduction.

Kevin Laboe Kevin Laboe
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Currently responsible for FCA's Advanced Powertrain Thermal Management Group - including powertrain cooling system architecture creation for the new Powertrains and development of advanced waste heat technologies. Responsible to develop Fuel Economy solutions that combine vehicle and powertrain efficiencies.

Over 25 years of experience in the Automotive Industry with American Motors, Chrysler, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Responsible for the development and release of Aerodynamics, Powertrain Cooling and Climate Control Systems for many vehicle production programs from product creation through production.

Five years of experience in the Aerospace field with G.E. Aircraft Engine Company and Williams International.

Kevin has been involved in process redesigns and several corporate steering committees including:

Fuel Economy & 'Off Cycle' Task Force - strategy to meet Federal Regulations

  • Developed solutions to reduce vehicle demand energy by 20%
  • Developed solutions to improve driveline efficiencies

Corporate Steering Committees - Aero-Thermal Systems

    (Chrysler / Mercedes / Mitsubishi / BMW (Joint Hybrid) / Fiat Europe / Fiat Brazil / CRF)
  • System Architecture Design (HVAC / Powertrain Cooling / Aero Thermal - Functions)
  • Manufacturing Efficiencies (volume bundling / optimized system size)

Kevin holds several Climate Control, Engine Cooling and Hybrid patents, as well as, a patent pending in ORC Systems.

In addition to TMSS, Kevin has been a session chair to the 5th European Workshop Mobile AC & Vehicle Thermal Systems (Turin 2013), as well as, a member of the original organizing committee for VTMS.

He has presented several technical papers to SAE, VTMS, ASME and a Daimler Technical Conference.

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MTU in 1982.

Jason Lustbader Jason Lustbader
Center for Transportation and Hydrogen Systems
Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jason Lustbader is a Senior Research Engineer at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Center for Transportation and Hydrogen Systems, which he joined in 2001. The center's mission is to help reduce our national transportation fuel use and emissions, improving national energy security. He leads NREL's CoolCab, heavy-vehicle thermal management research project. Working closely with industry partners, the CoolCab team is researching solutions to reduce heavy-duty vehicle climate control fuel use and improve advanced thermal systems. Jason's other recent research interests include traction drive power electronics cooling and light-duty vehicle climate control. Jason holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Gursaran Mathur Gursaran Mathur

Dr. Gursaran D. Mathur is working as a Technical Specialist, Climate Control & Sr. Manager in Development Engineering at Calsonic Kansei North America, Farmington Hills, MI. His responsibilities at Calsonic Kansei include product design, development and research in the area of automotive thermal systems. Dr. Mathur's specialization is in the areas of heating ventilating and air conditioning of automotive, residential, and commercial AC systems; Indoor Air Quality and Cabin Comfort; Heat Exchangers including internally and externally enhanced surfaces; Two-phase fluid-flow and heat transfer (boiling and condensation); Alternate Refrigerants; Heat recovery systems including two-phase thermosiphon loops and heat pipe heat exchangers; System and component modeling of thermal systems; Experimentation in the HVAC/Thermal systems; and Solar Heating and Cooling. He has published 100 technical papers in the area of thermal systems. He is listed as a significant contributor for the ASHRAE Handbooks for 1992, 1996, 2000; 2004; 2007; 2008; 2011; 2012 and has edited 6 books. He is a fellow of SAE, ASHRAE and ASME. He is the past chairman of SAE's technical committee on Thermal Systems Management and has received SAE's Forest R. McFarland and Lloyd L.Withthrow Distinguished Speaker Awards. He is also a recipient of ASME's best paper award on the "Performance Enhancement of Residential AC systems" and ASHRAE's "Distinguished Service" and "George B. Hightower" awards. He is serving on many ASHRAE technical committees and is the current chairman on TC 9.3 on Automobile Air Conditioning. He is a registered professional engineer and is a member.

Ronald Semel Ronald Semel

Ronald Semel is a technical expert in the area of thermal management systems and heat exchanger design. He is currently the Bill of Material Family Owner (BFO) for Thermal Management Control Devices at General Motors Company. Ron has also held technical leadership positions with various companies including Visteon, Ricardo, Ford and BAE Systems. He has been responsible for creating new and innovate technologies and processes for thermal management systems. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from The University of Arizona and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University. He is a member of the SAE Thermal Management Systems Activity and has organized and chaired numerous technical sessions.

Alaa El-Sharkawy Alaa El-Sharkawy
Manager-Technical Fellow
Thermal Systems
Chrysler Group, LLC

Dr. EL-Sharkawy is a Technical fellow at Chrysler Group. His responsibilities include development of best practices and guidelines for component packaging, vehicle instrumentation, thermal testing, and material thermal degradation. He also develops analytical tools for time-temperature analysis, transient component temperatures estimates. He has over 25 years of automotive experience in the area of vehicle thermal management. He has developed and taught training classes for Chrysler engineers in the areas of thermal protection, material thermal degradation and applications of heat transfer in vehicle thermal management. Dr. El-Sharkawy received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University. He is a certified professional engineer and a certified DFSS black belt recipient.

Kumar Srinivasan Kumar Srinivasan
Manager of Vehicle CFD Group
Chrysler Group, LLC

Kumar Srinivasan is the Manager of Vehicle CFD Group at Chrysler Group LLC, responsible for simulations to support aero/acoustic development, cooling/thermal management and HVAC systems design. He has over 18 years of experience in application of simulation tools in the automotive industry and over 25 papers in various aspects of simulation technology. He has been a member of the SAE Thermal Systems committee for the past 10 years and also served as its Chairman from 2011-2013. Kumar holds a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Andrew Sutherland Andrew Sutherland
Technical Specialist for Thermal Management

Andy Sutherland has been a Technical Specialist for thermal management at BorgWarner since 2012. He is a member of the BorgWarner Corporate Advanced Engineering team based at the BorgWarner Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer, Andy is responsible for assessing and developing new technologies for the company. He also supports global development of new thermal technologies and helps set the direction for BorgWarner's thermal management strategy.

Andy received his degree in Automotive Engineering Design from the University of Coventry in the United Kingdom. Before joining BorgWarner, Andy spent 18 years at Ricardo, leading thermal management activities for the North American office for seven of those years.

Sudhi Uppuluri Sudhi Uppuluri

Sudhi Uppuluri is the Principal Investigator and founder at Computational Sciences Experts group. He has over 15 years of experience in system simulation of automotive and aerospace systems. He holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of business.

Tao Zhan Tao Zhan
Air Resources Engineer
California Air Resources Board

Dr. Tao Zhan is an Air Resources Engineer at the California Air Resources Board. He is the agency's staff lead on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicle air conditioning systems. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside.