Event Organizers

Sukhbir Bilkhu Sukhbir S. Bilkhu
Chrysler Group LLC

Mr. Bilkhu is a vehicle safety specialist with over 24 years of experience in auto industry. Sukhi has been with Chrysler LLC over 19 years most recently as an Executive Specialist, Experimental & Computational Mechanics. Specifically he is a Passive Safety Expert as well as a Lead Advanced Vehicle Engineering (AVE) teams to develop safety targets for entire portfolio of Chrysler products prior to design and development phase. He is responsible for Developing and Managing External Projects on vehicle safety. He also represents Chrysler and the Alliance at International safety meetings (WP29-GTR/GRSP, ISO, SAE). He has a consultancy to Product Design Office (PDO/AVE) and Platform teams on vehicle design for new regulations

Mr. Bilkhu has an MS, BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College London

Jean Botti Dr.Jean Botti
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Jean J. Botti, born on 14 April 1957, is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of EADS and a member of the EADS Executive Committee. He has corporate responsibility for Technology, Quality and Information Technology. Prior to assuming this position in May 2006, Dr. Botti served as the business line executive for Powertrain and Executive Director Fuel Cells with Delphi Corporation

Dr. Botti began his career in 1978 at Renault and became Senior Project Engineer. He joined General Motors in the United States in 1989. In 1990, he became Staff Project Engineer at the Saginaw Steering Systems Division of General Motors. From 1992 until 1997, Botti returned to France as its Director of European Engineering and was then named Director Customer Solution Center, a position he continued to hold with the Delphi Corporation until 2002. From that year on until 2004, he managed the newly created corporate Dynamics, Propulsion and Thermal Innovation Center as the Chief Technologist.

Dr. Botti graduated from I.N.S.A. Toulouse in 1986 with a master's degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1991, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris in 1995.

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

Alex Kade Alex Kade
Deputy Associate Director
Ground Vehicle Robotics US Army TARDEC

Deputy Associate Director, Ground Vehicle Robotics US Army TARDEC Mr. Kade has over 30 years of experience with a wide range of automotive electrical, chassis controls and active safety systems and components and has received several corporate and industry awards and over 30 US patents for his work in these areas. He is currently working for the US Army TARDEC as a Deputy Associate Director in the Ground Vehicle Robotics department. Prior to joining TARDEC, Mr. Kade served as a General Motors Senior Technical Fellow, with responsibilities for Chassis-Electrical Controls and Sensors, Electrical Power Systems, and for Active Safety and Object Detection Systems. He is a Michigan Professional Engineer and a graduate of Wayne State University, receiving his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1974 and 1976, respectively.

Scott McCormick Scott McCormick
Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Scott has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence. Prior to being the President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a nonprofit research organization of the world's largest automakers. Prior to these positions, he was General Electric's Factory with a Future Program Manager for both Transportation and Aircraft Engine Business Divisions, implementing over $1 billion in advanced automation and systems.

Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium. He is the founder and Chairman of the International Automotive Standards Organization, and the former Strategic Advisor to the United Nation's International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T) Advisory Panel on Communication Standards to Vehicles. Scott is a member of the US ISO Technical Advisory Group. He co-founded and Chairs the Global Telematics Forum with trade associations from Europe, Korea, Australia, Taiwan and China. He serves as a Member of the Steering Committee to the Joint Commercial -Military Intelligent Transportation Systems Summit and as Industry Representative for CVTA to the US Congressional ITS Caucus' Industry Advisory Board.

Massimo(Max) Osella Massimo(Max) Osella
Manager, Electronic Control and Software Architectures and Vehicle Connectivity
General Motors Company

Massimo Osella is the manager of Electronic Control and Software Architectures and Vehicle Connectivity group within the ECI Lab in General Motors R&D. His research areas are vehicle electronic systems architectures, network protocols, software architectures, safety and security, infotainment, wireless technologies and V2V communications.

He received a master degree (laurea) in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in 1987.

He spent 19 years in FIAT Research Center in Torino (Italy) working at the Electronic Systems division where he was Group Manager of the Diagnosis & Safety group. He was responsible of the safety analysis of several production and research Fiat projects. He also worked on several European research projects on diagnosis, by-wire and system architecture topics; the last one was EASIS (Electronic Architecture and System Engineering for Integrated Safety Systems) where he led the Hardware Architecture work package.

In 2006 he joined GM R&D in Warren (Michigan, USA) and he was working on a Fault Tolerance research project in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. More recently he become responsible also of the research projects in the areas of vehicle to vehicle communications and infotainment platforms.

Dr.Heri Rakouth Dr.Heri Rakouth
Manager, Technology Exploration
Innovation and Technology Office Delphi Corporation

Dr. Heri Rakouth is currently Manager, Technology Exploration at the Innovation and Technology Office (ITO) of Delphi Troy, Michigan. In this capacity, he coordinates technology innovation activities across three out the five divisions of Delphi.

Dr. Rakouth has about 30 years' experience in both aerospace/defense telecommunications and automotive electronics industries. He has held various responsibilities at Thomson CSF/Thales and Renault in France as an EMC expert and a technical manager before joining Delphi in 1996.

In his most recent assignment, Dr. Rakouth spearheaded Delphi cross-divisional efforts that have led to the build of the telematics business development team for the aftermarket and the launch of the V2X proof of concept project recently implemented for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. While working for Renault in early 1990's, Dr. Rakouth has contributed to the build the European directive in EMC 95/54/EC (now known as 2004/104/EC) in championing several test methods that are currently part the international standards ISO 11451, ISO 11452, and CISPR 25.

As an EMC expert for Thomson CSF, he spearheaded the EMC, Tempest, and EMP protections of the battlefield wireless communication system for the U.S. army known as Mobile Subscriber Equipment in late 1980's.

Mark Zachos Mark Zachos
Dearborn Group Technology, Inc.

Mark P. Zachos is president of Dearborn Group Inc. (DG). DG specializes in the design and development of intelligent software and hardware vehicle communications interface products for the mobility industry. Zachos founded the company in 1987 and his functions include data communications, wireless networks, software development, product testing, customer service, product development, project management, and business development.

Zachos joined SAE International in 1991 as a member of the SAE Detroit Section. He received the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award in 2002. In addition, he serves on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, where he also serves as an adjunct professor. Zachos holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Detroit.