Plenary Keynotes

The Future of Propulsion Electronics
November 8, 2011
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Salons ABC

Hussein Dourra Hussein Dourra, Ph.D.
Chrysler Technical Fellow

Dr. Dourra is a member of the Powertrain Engineering team since 1982. He holds over 25 US patents and authored over 15 technical papers and Journals in system and powertrain controls. Dr. Dourra received "Walter P. Technology Award" for the invention on six speed transmission controls system. He is the first engineer at Chrysler to receive the title "Chrysler Technical Fellow".

Dr. Dourra's education background includes:

  • Ph.D in Engineering from Wayne State University
  • Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University
  • Master in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Other Activities:
Dr. Dourra teaches graduate courses at well-known universities such as University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, and Oakland University

November 8, 2011
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Salons ABC

Automotive Thermoelectric Generators and Air Conditioner/Heaters

John Fairbanks John Fairbanks
Technology Development Manager
Thermoelectrics Department of Energy

Technology Development Manager - Thermoelectrics Department of Energy John Fairbanks began at the Department of Energy in 1977 to work on stationary power gas turbine components developed from aircraft gas turbine engine technology. He developed the Combustion Zone Durability Program to enable diesel and gas turbine engines to operate on low quality petroleum and coal derived liquid fuels. This program concentrated on coatings, primarily thermal barrier coatings. He coordinated the test and evaluation of coal derived liquid fuels in diesel engines He was Program Manager for the Low Emission - 55 Per Cent Efficient (LE-55) diesel engines for Class 7 & 8 heavy duty trucks. He initiated and has served as the Chair for the series of Diesel Engine Efficiency and Emissions Research (DEER) Conferences. The 17th conference in that series will be held October 3-6, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1997, he initiated the Light Truck Clean Diesel Engine Program to develop commercially viable diesel engines for sports utility vehicles, mini-vans and pick-up trucks. In 1994, his program began to develop and test thermoelectric generators on vehicles. More recently, he has organized and is managing major programs to develop and commercially introduce Thermoelectric Generators (TEG) and Thermoelectric Air Conditioner/Heaters (TE HVAC) for vehicular applications. He jointly developed a program in 2010 with the National Science Foundation (NSF) which has 9 Academic//Commercial Organization Teams working together to improve thermoelectric application efficiencies. He initiated the series of Thermoelectric Application Workshops, the first 2 were held at the Del Coronado Hotel, in San Diego and the 3rd will be held January 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC. Mr. Fairbanks has authored or co-authored 104 technical papers. Two of his papers won the John C. Neidermayer award for the best technical paper presented at Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) [NAVSEA] Conferences. He is a Past Chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Washington Section, and received the ASME Distinguished Service Award. He was elected Vice President of the Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association. In 1975, he won the Outstanding Alumni Award - Maine Maritime Academy. While at the NASA-Goddard Spaceflight Center, he was awarded the Apollo Achievement Award. He was elected Chairman of the Department of Energy�s Material Coordinating Committee in 1981. In 1984, he organized the US participation in the First NATO Workshop - Coatings for Heat Engines.


November 9, 2011
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Salons ABC

Leveraging Intelligent Vehicle Technologies to Maximize Fuel Economy

Jeffrey Gondor Jeffrey Gondor
Senior Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems (CTTS)

Jeff joined NREL in 2005, where he has led both simulation and hardware testing projects to study conventional, hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell vehicles. His research interests include optimal design/size selection for the energy storage systems and other components in these advanced vehicles. Jeff also investigates the impact of drive cycle and intelligent vehicle technologies on fuel economy. These efforts include encouraging drivers to implement efficient driving techniques, optimizing vehicle control strategy based on predicted driving information, and using vehicle communication/sensing technologies to improve safety and convenience while also realizing fuel savings. Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. His work prior to joining NREL included developing a plug-in hybrid fuel cell vehicle for Anuvu ["A new view"], Inc. in Sacramento, CA.