Event Organizers

Bernard Challen Bernard Challen
Shoreham Services, Engineering Consultancy

Shoreham Services, Engineering Consultancy Bernard J. Challen is a Chartered Engineer in England. As former Technical Director with Ricardo Consulting Engineers in the U.K., he was responsible for developing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), electronic controls activities, and for establishing Ricardo's North American business operation in 1990. During his 21-year career with Ricardo, he also began the company's engine and vehicle noise and vibration reduction services, working with clients around the world. Challen is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Principles of Engineering Design at the University of Sussex, England

A member of SAE International for more than 18 years, Challen has helped organize many conferences, chairing the Noise & Vibration Conference committee and organizing a Powertrain Electronic Controls session at the SAE World Congress. He also has co-authored more than a dozen SAE International technical papers and edited the second edition of the Diesel Engine Reference book. Elected an SAE Fellow in 1997, he also has received three SAE Forest McFarland Awards and the SAE 2008 Medal of Honor.

Challen earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Southampton University and a master's in noise and vibration from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Magdi Kharir Magdi Kharir
Watlow Electric

Magdi Khair is retired from Southwest Research Institute where he was Institute Engineer in the Department of Emissions Research. He is experienced in the areas of engine testing and exhaust emissions control. His prior experience was with AlliedSignal Automotive Catalyst Company with the development of catalytic aftertreatment for light-duty and heavy-duty diesel engines; Ford New Holland with primary responsibility for the development of the 6.6 and 7.8 liter midrange diesel engines to meet 1991 emissions standards; Bendix Diesel Engine Controls where he led the development of advanced electronically controlled diesel fuel injection systems and also established several cooperative engineering programs with European and North American engine manufacturers; and with Chrysler Corporation where he converted the slant six gasoline engine into an open chamber, pilot injected, and electronically controlled diesel engine, supervised a combustion kinetics project, and participated in the design and development of electronic controls for a passenger car turbine engine.

Mr. Khair holds 18 U.S. patents in electronic fuel injection, turbocharging, exhaust gas recirculation, and aftertreatment systems. He has also authored and co-authored numerous SAE and ASME papers. Mr. Khair received a B.S. in Automotive Engineering from Ain Shams University, an M.S. in Thermodynamics from the University of Birmingham, England, an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

Patrick Leteinturier Patrick Leteinturier
Senior Principal in Automotive Systems
Infineon Technologies AG

Patrick Leteinturier has 22 years of experience in automotive electronics. He is currently responsible for system architecture of silicon products (silicon sensors, microcontrollers, silicon smart powers, and power modules) for Engine, Transmission and xEV applications at Infineon Technologies AG. He is SAE Fellow.

Mr. Leteinturier started his career at Lucas and SAGEM developing powertrain electronic systems for PSA and Renault. He is a member of SAE International, SIA and IEEE. He holds various patents on automotive electronics, has authored more than 20 SAE publications and is a member of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board. He received the Forest R. McFarland Award in 2008. He has been a guest professor at Tianjin University (China) since 2006. Mr. Leteinturier received his Mechanical Engineering degree from ENSAM: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Metiers (France) in 1987 and his Electric & Electronic Engineering degree from ESE: Ecole Superieure d'Electricite (France) in 1990.