Event Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

Jace L. Allen Jace L. Allen
Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems
dSPACE, Inc.

Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems dSPACE, Inc. Jace is the Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems at dSPACE, Inc, having designed and managed over 200 HIL System Implementations. In the past 20 years he has handled many diverse controls and simulation test applications in the Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, and Aerospace areas. He has a strong background in product development for vehicle powertrain, safety/security systems and also software development with embedded controls tools.

  • SAE member, IEEE member, AIAA member
  • 8 SAE Papers published
  • 2 Patents in Airbag Electronics Technology

Philip Benjamin Philip Benjamin
Senior Manager
Chrysler Group LLC

Phil Benjamin is Sr. Manager Platform and Business Management for Electrified Powertrain Propulsion Systems at Chrysler Group LLC. Phil is responsible for developing and managing current and future electrified powertrain platforms. In addition, He is also the business lead for external interface, co-operation and business development with third parties involving electrification. Phil graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.S.M.E. and joined Chrysler in November 1984. In 1990, he completed his MBA from MSU before moving to Vehicle Program Executive in 1996. Then in 1999, Phil joined the EPIC (Electric Powered Interurban Commuter) System Design Group, which then led to numerous program assignments involving HEV's, PHEV's, and BEV's before gaining his current assignment.

Andr´┐Ż Boehman Andre Boehman
Professor of Fuel Science and Materials and Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

Professor of Fuel Science and Materials and Engineering Pennsylvania State University Andre Boehman is a Professor of Fuel Science and Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught courses on Energy, Fuels, Combustion and the Environment since 1994. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton (1986) and an MS (1987) and PhD (1993) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Molecular Physics Laboratory at SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Prof. Boehman's research interests are in alternative and reformulated fuels, combustion and pollution control. His present research activities are focused on alternative diesel fuels, diesel combustion and diesel exhaust aftertreatment. He serves as the Editor of the journal Fuel Processing Technology and has held executive positions with the American Chemical Society Division of Fuel Chemistry and with the International DME Association. He also serves as an instructor in the SAE Diesel Academy. He has received the 2009 John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines and the 2009 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the 2009 Matthew and Anne Wilson Award for Excellence in Research, the 2007 Faculty Mentoring Award and the 1999 Matthew and Anne Wilson Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the 1999 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Dayton School of Engineering, and the Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering, from 1995-97. He also received the 1986 Charles T. Main Bronze Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has supervised twenty five MS theses and twelve doctoral theses at Penn State and he has published more than 60 refereed papers and book chapters. At the EMS Energy Institute, Prof. Boehman manages the Diesel Combustion and Emissions Laboratory.

Simon P. Brewerton Simon P. Brewerton
Senior Principal Microcontrollers
Infineon Technologies

After serving a engineering apprenticeship at LandRover in the UK, Simon Brewerton joined Siemens Microelectronics in Detroit USA, where he worked for several years supporting integration of microcontrollers at key Tier 1 suppliers for Automotive applications. He holds a degree in Cybernetics and Mathematics from the University of Reading, England and is currently Senior Principal for Microcontrollers at Infineon Technologies in Bristol, UK where he is responsible for the definition of advanced microcontrollers for automotive and industrial applications.

Gary Cameron Gary Cameron
Forward Advance Power Electronics Engineering Delphi Automotive LLP

Gary Cameron is Director of Forward and Advanced Power Electronics Engineering for Delphi Automotive LLP. In this global role he is responsible for the future technology and products for electrifying the Powertrain under Delphi's Safe, Green, and Connected forward vision. Mr. Cameron has a combined 37+ years' experience in technical innovation, new product development, and production implementation of automotive products. He has successfully led the development and production implementation of EV and HEV systems and components from the early GM EV1 electric vehicle to today's major OEM passenger car and commercial vehicle hybrid powertrain solutions. Mr. Cameron is considered a leading industry expert in Powertrain electrification and was recognized in 2011 as one of the "Electrifying 100" by Automotive News.

Philip J. G. Dingle Philip J. G. Dingle
Diesel Technology Specialist
Advanced Diesel Engineering Delphi Diesel Systems

Mr. Philip Dingle is a Diesel Technology Specialist in the Advanced Diesel Engineering group of Delphi Diesel Systems. He received his engineering education in England, and after graduating in 1972, joined the R&D group of Lucas Diesel Systems. Transferred to Detroit, USA in 1975, he has worked closely with several US diesel engine manufacturers on the application of fuel injection for their engines. In the process, he gained broad experience in achieving performance and emissions targets from both light and heavy duty engines. He holds twenty US or European patents for fuel system innovation.

Michael Duoba Michael Duoba
Research Engineer
Argonne National Laboratory

Mr. Duoba helped found and is now the technical lead for Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility. Testing and analysis of advanced propulsion systems is conducted on vehicles using novel instrumentation and state-of-the-art dynamometer test equipment.

Mike is a member of the SAE Hybrid Standardization Committee and chaired the task force that revised "SAE J1711 Recommended Practice for Measuring the Exhaust Emissions and Fuel Economy of Hybrid-Electric Vehicles Including Plug-in Hybrids." Mike is also a member of the SAE Light Duty Vehicle Performance and Economy Measure Committee on the task force developing new BEV test procedures.

Mike has authored many papers on testing and analysis of HEVs, PHEVs, and other advanced vehicle propulsion technologies. Mike has helped organize many SAE technical sessions on HEVs.

Mike received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993.

Robert Gruszczynski Robert Gruszczynski
OBD Specialist
Volkswagen of America

Bob has a BSEE from Lawrence Technological University. For over 20 years, Bob has been involved in the design and implementation of embedded electronic powertrain control systems. Bob has a United States Patent for his work in misfire detection systems and has been involved in numerous - first in the world starts' of new vehicle powertrain applications. Bob has also been involved in the development and testing of On Board Diagnostics Systems and publications in the area of OBD Communications techniques.

Bob is currently the OBD Specialist for Volkswagen Group of America. He is involved in field investigations of, and reporting and presentations pertaining to, OBD-related communications issues. His activities also include technical representation for the Volkswagen Group in North America in OBD related matters. He is Vice-Chairman of the SAE E/E Diagnostics Committee and is a constant contributor to its attendant OBD-related Task Forces. He is Vice-Chairman of both the J1962 Vehicle Diagnostic Connector Task Force and J1978 OBDII Scan Tool Task Forces. He is also co-author of the J1699-2 Test Cases for OBD-II Scan Tools and I/M Test Equipment Task Force.

Mikael Ingemarson Mikael Ingemarson

Attribute Leader Fuel Economy, Environmental and Fluid Dynamics Centre Volvo Car Corporation MS, Mechanical Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden CAE analyst, performance, drivability & fuel economy, Powertrain, Volvo Car Corporation System design, Powertrain, Volvo Car Corporation Attribute leader, Vehicle Engineering, Volvo Car Corporation

Dr. Linos J. Jacovides Dr. Linos J. Jacovides
Delphi Research Laboratories (retired)

Linos Jacovides retired as director, Delphi Research Labs, a position he held from 1998 to 2007. Dr. Jacovides joined General Motors Research and Development in 1967 and became department head of electrical engineering in 1985. His areas of research were the interactions between power electronics and electrical machines in electric vehicles and locomotives. He later transitioned to Delphi with a group of researchers from GM to set up the Delphi Research Laboratories. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the SAE, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He was President of the Industry Applications Society of IEEE in 1990. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and an M.S degree in machine theory from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1961 and 1962, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in generator control systems from the Imperial College, University of London, in 1965.

Imad A. Khalek Imad A. Khalek, Ph.D.
Senior Program Manager
Southwest Research Institute

Dr. Imad Khalek is a Senior Program Manager at Southwest Research Institute, Department of Emissions R&D. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Khalek has been working on engine emissions projects since 1991, as an undergraduate student. Since he joined SwRI in 1999, he has led numerous emissions research projects, focusing on ultrafine and nanoparticle emissions from engines. Dr. Khalek is the founder of the Nanoparticle Laboratory in SwRI Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division. He has given numerous presentations worldwide and authored and co-authored over 40 publications. Dr. Khalek is the organizer of the SAE Particle Emissions from Combustion Sources session.

Frank Klegon Frank Klegon
Fokus Associates LLC

Frank Klegon is president of FOKUS Associates LLC, a product /technology assessment and development consulting company.

Prior to founding FOKUS Associates LLC, Klegon held several key leadership positions with Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler. These included Executive Vice President - Product Development and Design; Vice President - Core Components & Process; Vice President - Truck Platform Team; and Director - Vehicle Development - Large Car Platform. Earlier in his career, he worked for American Motors, where he served as Senior Manager/Product Engineer.

Klegon is a 25 year member of SAE International. He worked with Formula SAE from 2004-2008; served on the 2005 Commercial Vehicle Congress Executive Planning Council; and served as General Chairman of the SAE 2008 World Congress.

He also serves on the board of directors for both the Detroit Science Center and the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

Klegon holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He also attended Harvard Business School, concentrating in Managing Global Opportunities.

Patrick Leteinturier Patrick Leteinturier
Senior Principal, Automotive Systems
Infineon Technologies

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.

Dr. Thomas Morel Dr. Thomas Morel
President and Founder
Gamma Technologies

Dr. Thomas Morel is the President and founder of Gamma Technologies, Inc. (GTI). His company specializes in the development of computer software GT-SUITE used for vehicle and powertrain design.

Dr. Morel received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He has many years of experience in engine technology, having worked at General Motors Research, Ricardo and Gamma Technologies.

His detailed technical expertise includes modeling of flow, heat transfer, combustion and acoustics. He is an expert on development of large scale integrated simulations.

He is a Fellow of SAE and also an ASME Fellow. He is also a recipient of the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Czech Technical University. He is the author of over 100 publications.

Giorgio Rizzoni Giorgio Rizzoni, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
The Ohio State University

Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He received his B.S. (ECE) in 1980, his M.S. (ECE) in 1982, his Ph.D. (ECE) in 1986, all from the University of Michigan (UM). Since 1999 he has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the college of engineering.

Dr. Rizzoni's research interests are in future ground vehicle propulsion systems, including advanced engines, electric and hybrid-electric drivetrains, advanced batteries, and fuel cell systems. He has contributed to the development of a graduate curriculum in these areas, and has served as the director of the U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education Center for Hybrid Drivetrains and Control Systems, and Center for Advanced Propulsion Systems . Since his appointment as Director of CAR, Dr. Rizzoni has been responsible for the growth of an industrial research consortium with sponsorship from 15 major automotive manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies. In 2008 he launched a consortium of electric utilities and automotive OEMs, SMART@CAR, to study problems related to PHEVs and the smart grid. SMART@CAR currently sees the participation of a dozen electric utilities, automotive OEMs, and their suppliers. Over the past three years CAR has also seen the growth of an advanced battery characterization and aging laboratory developed in collaboration with battery manufacturers and end users.

Prof. Rizzoni is a Fellow of SAE (2005), a Fellow of IEEE (2004), a recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and of several other technical and teaching awards. He has served on advisory boards, and was recently appointed by Governor Strickland to be a member of the Ohio Auto Industry Support Council.

Peter Savagian Peter Savagian
Engineering Director
Electrification Architecture and Electric Motor Release Center General Motors

Pete serves as Engineering Director of GM's Electrification Architecture and Electric Motor Release Center. For the past 12 years, in various roles, he has managed product development and advanced engineering for GM's hybrid systems, including hybrid architecture development, electric drive component development, systems engineering, systems analysis, and control algorithm development. Pete has worked on electric vehicle systems since 1990. Prior to his current assignment, Pete was Chief Engineer for GM's EV1 Electric Vehicle Drive Unit and Power Electronics at General Motors and at Delco Electronics. In the past, he has worked at Hughes Aircraft Company and Sundstrand Aviation in various engineering roles. Pete holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a MS in Operations Research Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Duke University.

Yutaka Takamura Yutaka Takamura
Control Engineer
Powertrain Engineering Division Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr. Takamura has been with Nissan since 2005. During this time he has been engaged in development of Hybrid System as a control engineer. He received a master's degree in electronic engineering from Osaka University in 2000

Dr. Dean Tomazic Dr. Dean Tomazic
Vice President
Passenger Car and Light-Duty Engines FEV Inc.

Dr. Tomazic is Vice President Passenger Car and Light-Duty Engines and also responsible for Operations at FEV Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His responsibilities entail base engine controls, simulation, calibration, combustion, and aftertreatment system development for passenger car and light-duty diesel as well as gasoline engines covering research, development, and production applications using both, alternative and conventional fuels. He has been with FEV for 17 years and holds a Masters degree from the Technical University in Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph. D. in 2001. Dr. Tomazic has authored and co-authored over 100 publications, holds three patents, and has served as chairman during various technical conferences.

Prof. Jon H. Van Gerpen Prof. Jon H. Van Gerpen
Professor and Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
University of Idaho

Jon Van Gerpen is Professor and Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Idaho. He has held that position since July 2004. Before that, he was a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University for 20 years. He received his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1980) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State and his Ph.D. (1984) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During a 14 month sabbatical, he worked on the design team at John Deere that developed a 12.5 liter engine. Dr. Van Gerpen has been researching the production and utilization of biodiesel for the past 17 years and his current projects include the design and construction of a biodiesel pilot plant and the development of a nation-wide biodiesel education program. He has published numerous technical papers on biodiesel production from low-cost and novel feedstocks

Fabio Viotto Fabio Viotto
Product Manager
EV and HEV Transmissions
EV and HEV Transmissions
1973 Born in Torino, Italy

1993 - 1998 Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Specialization in Structural Engineering Thesis: "Theoretical and experimental studies on dynamics and controls of axial piston pumps"
2001 Charted Engineering Status, Mechanical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
1999 - 2008 Modulo UNO - D&D department, Role: Analysis and Testing Engineer, Products: Consulting in industrial plants (Noise and Vibration Control)
2008 - 2009 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Analysis Engineer, Products: Automotive Transmissions
2010 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Advanced Development Engineer, Products: EV and HEV Transmissions
2011 Oerlikon Graziano - D&D department, Role: Product Manager, Products: EV and HEV Transmissions

Dr. Matti Vint Dr. Matti Vint
Ricardo Inc.

Dr. Matti Vint is a Chief Engineer within Ricardo's Engine Product group located at their Detroit Technical Center in Van Buren MI. His recent research activities include leading development of engine controls for highly boosted ethanol fueled GDI engines utilizing highly pre-cooled EGR.

Prior to this position Dr Vint has served as Technical Specialist in both Ricardo's Controls and Electronics department as well as Visteon's Powertrain Controls Software department. His involvement in powertrain controls has encompassed a broad range of applications from hybrid vehicle systems and architectures; diesel, gasoline and gas engines; UAV, marine, motorcycle and ATV.

Dr. Vint also previously worked for Ford USA and Ford Australia and spent several years in automotive research at the University of Queensland in Australia. He currently serves as a Session Organizer and Chair for the Powertrain Controls and Calibration session at SAE Congress which he has undertaken for a number of years - further highlighting his keen interest in engine controls and associated technical community.

Joachim Wolschendorf Joachim Wolschendorf
Vehicle System & Drivetrain Engineering Division FEV,

Jochem Wolschendorf is Vice-President, Vehicle System & Drivetrain Engineering Division of FEV, Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In this capacity, he is responsible for all vehicle-related development work, but also includes the areas of transmission, hybrid and NVH development, as well as powertrain integration work. He also is the Chief Technical Officer at FEV, Inc. As such, he established the new Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Development Center of FEV in Auburn Hills, MI.

Some of the recent programs he was responsible for included the development of fleets of electric vehicles, and the development of hydraulic hybrid vehicles

Dr. Wolschendorf studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH in Aachen and subsequently received his Doctor of Engineering from RWTH Aachen in 1990

1999 - Present Vice-President, FEV, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI

1996 - 1999 Project Manager for a Production Diesel Engine Development program, FEV Engine Technology, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI

1990 - 1992 Supervisor, Engine NVH, at FEV Motorentechnik GmbH

1990 Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University of Technology, Topic: Cyclic Fluctuations of Combustion Noise in Diesel Engines

1985 - 1990 Research Assistant at Aachen University of Technology, working in NVH Department

1984 - 1985 Research Assistant Imperial College, London, U.K.

1984 Diploma Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Aachen University of Technology

Aleksey Yezerets, Ph.D. Aleksey Yezerets, Ph.D.
Catalyst Technology, Corporate Research and Technology Cummins Inc.

Dr. Yezerets leads an R&D team responsible for guidance and support to Cummins emission control products at all stages of their lifecycle, and coordinates a portfolio of internal and collaborative research programs with National Labs and Universities. Dr. Yezerets serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental and has acted as a guest editor for Catalysis Today Journal. He has received 5 US patents, published 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented numerous invited and keynote talks. His recent recognitions include the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis, the R&D 100 Award, and the National Award for Team Innovation from the American Chemical Society.

Martin Zimmerman, Ph.D. Martin Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business
University of Michigan

Martin Zimmerman is the Ford Motor Company Clinical Professor of Business Administration in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Zimmerman retired from Ford Motor Company in 2004 as Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, a position he held from 2001. He joined Ford in August 1987. Previous to his appointment as Group Vice President he served as Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Chief Economist. Earlier he was a faculty member of the University of Michigan Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and MIT (Ph.D.). He served as a Senior Staff Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors; on the Panel of Economic Advisors to the Congressional Budget Office; the NASA Advisory Board; and on the National Commission on Energy Policy.