Event Speakers

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart
Automotive Competence Center
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart has been working in the automotive industry for 17 years. In 1993, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe's Institute of Production Science (thesis paper on Calculation In Parallel To Development). After serving as Key Account Director Daimler at COVISINT in Amsterdam, he managed the European automotive activities at Arthur D. Little between 2003 to 2006. He has been Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH since 2007.

He consults German and international companies on topics ranging from operating processes and organizational issues to global strategic realignment. He is a specialist on development and technology topics. Wolfgang Bernhart has clients in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, the US, China, etc.

Dr. Bernhart has written various articles and lectured on various hot topics, e.g. new powertrain concepts (incl. electric and hybrid vehicles) CO2/consumption reduction, low-cost business models and challenges and opportunities in emerging markets (esp. Russia and China).

William Cai, Ph.D. William Cai, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Jing-Jin Electric Technologies Co., Ltd.

William Cai, Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer of Jing-Jin Electric Technologies Co., Ltd. His experience includes the design, control and modeling of electrical machines and drives for vehicular electrification, numerical computation of electromagnetic fields, and mechanical structures, vibration, and noise of electrical machine systems. Dr. Cai is a leading expert in the HEV/EV motor industry and has designed two mode HEV motors for a number of HEVs including the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz ML450, BMW X6, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen, Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck etc. He has also co-designed Allison hybrid transmission motors and is currently working on the design, development and manufacturing of the hybrid electric vehicle drive systems, pure EV traction motors, integrated starter alternator damper (ISAD), belt-driven starter generator (BSG) and high power alternator and starters for automotive applications. Under his technical leadership, Jing-Jin is developing e-motors for a number of China's leading vehicle manufacturers including: Geely, FAW, BAIC, SAIC, Futon, Hege and Yutong. Dr. Cai's JJE manufacturing team built the first volume production line of EV/HEV motors in China.

Dr. CAI is an IEEE senior member and stands in both US SAE and China SAE Standard Committee of Electric Machines for New Energy Vehicles. He has organized and presented at many international conferences and chaired electric motor and drive sessions. He is reviewer of China National Natural Science Foundation and editor of several global technical journals. He is a scholar professor at Harbin University of Science and Technology and is chief scientist of China Education Ministry Automotive Electronics Engineering Center. Dr. Cai has nearly 20 European and American as well as Chinese patents (including pending patents), published two books and over 40 technical papers.

Zhenxing Fu Zhenxing Fu
Director, Powertrain Systems
Shanghai E-Propulsion Auto Technology Company, SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd.

Dr. Zhenxing Fu has ten years of experience in the development of hybrid and electric powertrain systems, including high voltage battery systems, power electronics, high voltage distribution systems, battery chargers, and electric machines. He has published over 30 technical papers in this field. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of SAE, and a member of Sigma Xi.

David A. Fulton David A. Fulton
Director of Advanced Engineering
Remy International

David A. Fulton received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University and Northwestern University, respectively. He joined Delco Remy Div. of GM in 1986, as a product engineer in starters. After moving to Remy International in 1993, he worked as quality manager and design analysis manager. In 2000, he became Remy's director of advanced engineering, responsible for development of starters, alternators, and electric machines for hybrid and electric vehicles. David has 11 patents in the area of electric machines. He is also a licensed professional engineer, and a member of SAE.

Michael Kelly Michael Kelly
Sales & Marketing Manager
D&V Electronics Ltd.

D&V Electronics designs and manufactures electric powertrain testers for endurance, laboratory and end of line production testing. D&V Electronics is testing the future of hybrid / electric vehicle motors and controllers with a superior combination of performance, accuracy and flexibility. D&V supplies state of the art testing equipment for electric motors and drives for the electric and hybrid vehicle industry in North America, Europe and Asia.

Michael Kelly has been working in the automotive industry for over 25 years, including Magna International and Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Kelly holds an MBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Geography degree from McMaster University.

Jack Lifton Jack Lifton
Founding Principal
Technology Metals Research LLC

Jack Lifton is a Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. He is also a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the technology metals, the term that he coined to describe those strategic rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, lithium and most of the rare metals.

Educated as a physical chemist, specializing in high-temperature metallurgy, Jack was first a researcher before becoming both a marketing and manufacturing executive. Finally, he became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals and of rare metals.

Today, after 48 years of industry involvement, he advises both OEM high tech industry and the global institutional-investment community, on the natural resource issues that impact either a proposed business model or a high-volume manufacturing plan for the mass market.

His work today is principally as a due-diligence consultant for institutional investors, looking into opportunities where rare and technology metals availability are a factor in determining the probability of commercial success of a metals-related venture.

Jack is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

Dr. Chris Mi Dr. Chris Mi
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of DTE Power Electronics Laboratory
University of Michigan

Dr. Mi a leading expert in electric and hybrid vehicles, and has taught tutorials and seminars on the subject of HEV/PHEV for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the IEEE, National Society of Professional Engineers, major automotive OEMs and suppliers, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Delphi. He has offered the tutorials in six countries including the US, China, Korea, Italy, Singapore, and Mexico. Dr. Mi has conducted extensive research in EV/HEV space and has published more than 100 articles and delivered more than 50 invited talks and keynote speeches, and served as panelists.

Dr. Mi is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Research Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2007 SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation (also known as E2T) Award for "Innovative Education and Training Program in Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles," the 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Engineer Award, and IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Outstanding Professional Award. He is also the recipient of the National Innovation Award (1992) and the Government Special Allowance Award (1994) given by the China Central Government. In December 2007, Dr. Mi became a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, for being "a leader in education and an example of good moral character."

Dr. Mi holds a BS and an MS degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, and a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Canada. He was the Chief Technical Officer of 1Power Solutions from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Mi worked with General Electric Company from 2000 to 2001. From 1988 to 1994, he was a member of the faculty of Northwestern Polytechnical University. From 1994 to 1996, he was an Associate Professor and an Associate Chair with the Department of Automatic Control Systems, Xi'an Petroleum University, China.

Dr. Mi is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics - Letters; editorial board of IET Transactions on Electrical Systems in Transportation, associate editor of Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers (2007-2009); the editorial board member of International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles; a guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Special Issue on Vehicle Power and Propulsion (2009-2010); and guest editor of International Journal of Power Electronics, Special Issue on vehicular Power Electronics and Motor Drives (2009-2010). Dr. Mi served as the Vice Chair (2006, 2007) and Chair (2008) of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section. He was the General Chair of the Fifth IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference held in Dearborn, Michigan, September 7-11, 2009. Dr. Mi served on the review panel for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy (2006-2010), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2010).

Dr. Mi is one of the two Topic Coordinators for the 2011 IEEE International Future Energy Challenge Competition.

Kevin J. Quinn Kevin J. Quinn
Vice President and General Manager
Remy Electric Motors, LLC

Kevin Quinn, Vice President and General Manager of Remy Electric Motors, LLC, leads the Remy business unit that globally manufactures and markets high-output electric drive motors for the hybrid and electric vehicle category.

Prior to Remy, Mr. Quinn was owner and managing director of Power Technology Ventures, a new business development firm specializing in emerging power technologies. Additionally, Mr. Quinn has over 20 years of leadership roles with Fortune 50 companies, including DuPont, GE and AlliedSignal/Honeywell where he gained extensive experience with the launch and development of new product lines and new business units. and Marketing Excellence Award.

Mr. Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Savagian Martin J. Murray
Director, HEV EV Powertrains
General Motors International Operations

Martin has 25 years experience in automotive propulsion system development and manufacturing, including hybrid, electric, diesel, and gasoline propulsion systems. Martin is based at GM China Advanced Technology Center, overseeing General Motors hybrid and electric powertrains in Asia, including the new battery testing laboratory activities. Prior to leading advanced propulsion work, Martin concentrated on development and manufacturing of internal combustion engine systems designed and produced in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Martin holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.

Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson
Business Unit Manager
Gear Heads & Motor
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Parker Hannifin's Rotary and Gearhead Business Unit is responsible for the design, manufacturing and commercialization of Parker Hannifin's e-Motors. Mr. Wilson leads this Business Unit and through his implementation of Parker Hannifin's Win Strategy has increased Parker's global presence within the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle marketplace as it relates to e-motors. He has achieved significant and sustainable results to increase the Business Unit's bottom-line.

The e-motor portfolio of the Business Unit includes traction motors, auxiliary motors and other vehicle-duty motors that directly couple to Parker Hannifin's global mobile hydraulic actuation systems. These e-motors are being tested, used and integrated into some of the world's most recognized on- and off- and 'above'-road OEMs to achieve their electrification goals. More information on motors and Parker Hannifin's ability to provide complete hybrid solutions can be viewed at http://hev.parker.com.

Pat's 23 year career with Parker Hannifin started in 1988 in the R&D lab for the development of Parker's first digital Servo Drive.

1992 Operations manager Rohnert Park, Ca
2003 Division Lean Manager / Operations Manager for Motors, New Ulm, MN
2008 to Present Business Unit Manager (Gear head and Motor) New Ulm, MN

Patrick Wilson graduated "cum laude" with his Bachelor of Science, Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco, in 2002.

Ping Yu Ping Yu
Jing-Jin Electric

Mr. Ping Yu is the Co-founder and CEO of Jing-Jin Electric ("JJE"), the leading Chinese company in developing and manufacturing electric machines for automotive propulsion applications. Ping Yu started his career with General Motors in 1990s at GM China, where he participated in founding and developing "Shanghai GM" joint venture, now the largest automobile manufacturer in China. In late 1990s he also led GM's "new energy vehicle" programs in China, including GM's participation in the National Electric Vehicle Demonstration program, and the development of GM China's first Natural Gas vehicle. During the early 2000s Ping Yu worked at General Motors in Detroit, first as Senior Engineer in hybrid electric controls, and then as a strategy and planning manager for global hybrid electric drives at GM Powertrain, where he was responsible for GM's hybrid powertrain strategy, portfolio planning and new business development activities. Ping Yu returned to China and co-founded Jing-Jin Electric in early 2008. In short three years, Jing-Jin Electric has become the recognized leader in China in electric motor technology and high-volume production, and is awarded "2010 Electric Motor Supplier of the Year" by China Automotive News.

Ping Yu holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), a Master of Engineering degree in Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Z. Q. Zhu Z. Q. Zhu
Fellow of IEEE, USA
Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group, University of Sheffield, UK

Professor Z. Q. Zhu is Fellow of IEEE, USA, Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group at the University of Sheffield, UK, which is one the largest research groups specialising on brushless permanent magnet machines and applications.

He received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., in 1991.

Since 1988 he has been with the University of Sheffield, and since 2000 he has been a Professor of Electrical Machines and Control Systems with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK. His current major research interests include design and control of permanent magnet brushless machines and drives, for applications ranging from automotive to renewable energy, on which he has published more than 430 journal and conference papers, including > 115 IEEE Transactions/IET Proceedings papers.