Thermal Management Systems Symposium

October 10-12, 2017

Plymouth, Michigan, USA

The Inn at Saint John's

Symposium Organizers

Bashar S. AbdulNour, Ph.D.

Supervisor, Thermal Systems Analysis
Ford Motor Co.
Bashar AbdulNour is Supervisor of the Thermal Systems Analysis team at Ford Motor Company. He leads a team of engineers working on developing technologies for electrified vehicle applications. His areas of expertise are thermal management, CFD, and systems engineering. He is a certified Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt. Previously, AbdulNour was Manager of the Thermal Analysis and Validation Group at General Dynamics Land Systems. He led a team of analysis and testing engineers working on the design and development of thermal systems of all types of ground vehicles. AbdulNour holds three graduate degrees from Michigan State University, including a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He has published more than 55 journal and conference papers and is co-organizer of the Climate Control Session of SAE World Congress since 2001 and was the technical keynote speaker in 2014. Currently, he is Vice Chairman of SAE Thermal Management Activity Committee.

Wilko Jansen

Technical Specialist
Thermal Management
Jaguar Land Rover
Wilko Jansen has been a Thermal Management Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover since 2003. His responsibilities include setting out the thermal management strategy within Jaguar Land Rover, delivering methods and capability and leading the development for thermal management on all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. His current focus is on the simulation methods, driving the virtual engineering of the thermal attribute within Jaguar Land Rover. He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry in the fields of thermal management, aerodynamics, and powertrain cooling ranging from simulation to physical testing. Wilko received his degree from The Institute of Automotive Engineering in the Netherlands. He is an active member of the SAE Thermal Management Systems Activity and has organized and chaired technical sessions.

Ales Alajbegovic
Vice President–Ground Transportation Applications
Exa Corp.
Ales Alajbegovic received his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He started at Exa Corp. 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 Corp.

Jeffrey Bozeman
Vehicle Performance Engineer–Cabin Human Thermal Comfort and HVAC Technology
General Motors
Jeff Bozeman is a Vehicle Performance Engineer at General Motors working in Cabin Human Thermal Comfort and HVAC technology. He 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. Bozeman 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. He 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.

Justin Bult
Product Development
Dow Corning

Hector Cano
Senior Heat Exchanger Engineer
Bergstrom Inc.
Hector Cano is a Senior Heat Exchanger Engineer at Bergstrom Inc. in Rockford, IL. He has over 15 years of experience in development and testing HVAC, PTC, and thermal systems in the automotive industry. He holds a master’s in integrated vehicle systems engineering from Purdue University and a certificate in design for customer value and market success from Stanford University.

Robin Cash
Technical Training Mgr.
Ford Motor Co Ltd

Edward Gerges
Manager, Business Development Advanced Technologies
Dana Holding Corp.
Edward Gerges works closely with OEMs to design and develop new products and open new markets for Dana's emerging technologies. He serves as a technical expert in several SAE steering committees. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for Green Auto Powertrain, an industrial initiative sponsored by the Government of Ontario. Gerges earned a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA from McMaster University.

Vamshi M. Korivi, Ph.D.
Mechanical Engineer
Vamshi Korivi is working as a team leader for the Thermal & Signature modeling team at U.S. Army, Tank Automotive Research and Development Center (TARDEC) in Michigan, where he oversees fluid & thermal simulation work related to Army ground vehicle fire suppression, propulsion cooling, Hydrodynamics, and cabin cooling. Korivi has about 20 years of experience in the area of CFD and his work resulted in more than 30 technical publications. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with emphasis on CFD from Old Dominion University.

Kevin Laboe
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Kevin Laboe is responsible for FCA's Advanced Powertrain Thermal Management Group, including powertrain cooling system architecture creation for new powertrains and development of advanced waste heat technologies. He has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and holds several climate control, engine cooling and hybrid patents, as well as, a patent pending in ORC systems. Laboe has presented several technical papers to SAE, VTMS, ASME and a Daimler Technical Conference. He received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech.

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. He leads NREL's CoolCab, heavy-vehicle thermal management research project. Lustbader's other recent research interests include traction drive power electronics cooling and light-duty vehicle climate control. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Gursaran Mathur, Ph.D.
Technical Specialist, Climate Control & Sr. Manager in Development Engineering
Calsonic Kansei North America
At Calsonic Kansei, Gursaran Mathur’s responsibilities include product design, development, and research in the area of automotive thermal systems. He has published 100 technical papers related to thermal systems. He is a fellow of SAE, ASHRAE, and ASME. He is 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 and ASHRAE's Distinguished Service and George B. Hightower awards.

Christophe Petitjean, Ph.D.
Transversal Program Director
Upon earning his Ph.D. in energy sciences, Christophe Petitjean joined Valeo Climate Control as Thermodynamic Engineer. Since 2011, he has served as Low Emission Thermal System Program Director and Worldwide Test Laboratory Director in Valeo Thermal System Business Group. Outside Valeo, he is also member of various organizations such as SAE Standard Committee, UN IPCC/Technical Economical Assessment Panel (Kyoto Protocol). He is Chairman of the Expected New Emission Regulations CLEPA (EU supplier Association) for CO2 and Pollutants tailpipe Emissions.

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. Rugh 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. He is also the task leader the Vehicle Integrated Thermal Management project.

Ronald Semel
Thermal Systems Research Engineer
Ford Motor Company
Ronald Semel is a technical expert in the area of thermal management systems and heat exchanger design. He has been responsible for creating new and innovate technologies and processes for thermal management systems and has been award three patents and published three technical papers. Semel 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 as well as being an associate editor for the SAE Journal of Mechanical Engineering.

Alaa El-Sharkawy, Ph.D.
Manager-Technical Fellow
Thermal Systems
Chrysler Group, LLC
Alaa EL-Sharkawy is responsible for 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 more than 25 years of automotive experience in 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. El-Sharkawy received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Wayne State University. He is a certified professional engineer and a certified DFSS black belt recipient.

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
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, MI. He 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. Sutherland received his degree in automotive engineering design from the University of Coventry in the U.K. Before joining BorgWarner, he spent 18 years at Ricardo, leading thermal management activities for the North American office for seven of those years.

Sudhi Uppuluri
Technical Director
Computational Sciences Experts Group
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 master’s 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.

Matthew Warner
Manager of Operations
Gamma Technologies LLC
Matt Warner is Manager of Operations for Gamma Technologies, where he has worked for 18 years. In this role, he is responsible for sales, IT, quality assurance, and applications engineering for GT’s industry leading CAE system simulation software, called GT-SUITE. In previous positions at GT, Warner has worked with a variety of OEMs and suppliers to develop innovative solutions to their powertrain and thermal management challenges using system simulation. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in Dearborn.

Jie Zeng, Ph.D.
CAE Manager
DENSO International America Inc.
As a CAE manager in the Engineering Division, Jie Zeng’s responsibilities at DENSO include product design and evaluation, R&D on new products, and CAE methodologies for automotive thermal systems Zeng specializes in CFD, 1-D system simulation, computational aero-acoustic analysis, FEA, automotive HVAC, refrigerant A/C system, vehicle under hood thermal management, heat exchangers, thermal product test evaluation, cabin thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. Zeng has published over 40 technical papers on CFD and HVAC. She was a member of the SAE Interior Climate Control Committee from 2003-2007. Zeng received her Ph.D in mechanical engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan.

Tao Zhan, Ph.D.
Air Resources Engineer
California Air Resources Board
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. He is a licensed professional engineer in mechanical engineering.



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