Event Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

Dr. Vincent Abadie Dr. Vincent Abadie
Expert Leader
PSA Group

Graduate of the Ecole Centrale of Lille (French engineering school) in 1990 and holder of a PHD in control design delivered in 1994, he was from 2001 to 2006 in charge of the global chassis control innovation project. Since 2009, he is responsible of the technological strategy definition of controlled chassis and safety domain in the Research and Advanced Engineering Division. He is also the Expert Leader for PSA group for controlled chassis systems.

Daniel J. Bartz Daniel J. Bartz
Booz Allen Hamilton

Dan received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Kettering University in 2002 and Master's Degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon in 2006. He participated in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge what he worked on various vehicle dynamics and planning problems.

Mr. Bartz has also worked the area of Automotive Active Safety and Vehicle Sensors Technology at both the General Motors Research Labs and the Ford Motor company. Dan works for Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting a Dr. Jim Overholt and Ground Vehicle Robotics at US Army TARDEC, where he tracks international trends in robotics and automotive technologies and helps his client form technology and business strategies.

Sukhbir Bilkhu Sukhbir Bilkhu
Chrysler Group LLC

Mr. Bilkhu is a vehicle safety specialist with over 24 years of experience in auto industry. He has been with Chrysler LLC over 19 years most recently as an Executive Specialist in Experimental & Computational Mechanics Department. Specifically he is a Passive Safety Expert and has been leading the development of safety guidelines used to design vehicle to meet regulatory and third party performance requirements. He represents Chrysler and the Alliance at many International safety meetings (WP29-GTR/GRSP, ISO/SC10). He has recently completed Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt level certification.

Mr. Bilkhu has an MS in Nuclear Science & Eng. and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Imperial College London, UK

Jean-Fran�ois Boissou Jean-Fran�ois Boissou
PSA Group

Graduate of the Ecole Superieure d'optique (French engineering school) in 1985 and holder of a MBA delivered in 1995 by the IAE of Paris, he was from 2005 to 2009 in charge of ADAS innovation projects. Since 2009, he is in charge of studies in relation with Driver Assistance, Safety Systems and Lighting in the Research and Advanced Engineering Division.

Tony Bromwell Tony Bromwell
Managing Director
TASS Americas

Tony Bromwell has over 20 years of experience in the field of engineering design, testing, software development and project management. Since graduating from The University of Michigan - College of Engineering, Mr. Bromwell has worked in a variety of industries for both commercial and governmental clientele. The range of his experience includes: the preliminary and detailed design of a 950 foot Ro/Ro ship for the U.S. Military Sealift Command; the design and testing of energy absorbing bumpers for transit vehicles; the design and testing of a 330 gallon tank for Class II Hazardous Chemicals, required to pass a 3 foot drop test a zero degrees; the full re-design of a variety of interior and exterior plastic components for use in the Heavy Truck and Off-Highway Industries; and the design and testing of several prototype vehicles for the Automotive Industry. Additionally, Mr. Bromwell has lead numerous software development projects involving data manipulation, database development and administration. These products have seen use in the Automotive and Healthcare Industries and are used for the purposes of business process automation, computer aided engineering and test data acquisition and manipulation. Presently, Mr. Bromwell is the Managing Director for TASS Americas, the North American representative of TASS BV, a Dutch software development company focused on enhancing human safety through technology. TASS is most widely known for MADYMO the world's most widely used software for passive safety development and more recently PreScan for Active Safety development. Along with its partners TNO and TTAI, TASS brings to the market one of the most comprehensive solutions for Intelligent Vehicle Systems and Advanced Safety Systems.

Denis Chapuis Denis Chapuis

Research & Technology Coordinator, Electronics, Sensors, Signal processing and System Integration EADS Denis Chapuis, 54 years old, joined the French Naval Academy in 1975 and the French Submarine Force in 1979. He specialized in Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles and executed five operational deployments and one post overhaul sea trial period. He then came back to the command line and had three command tours, one Diesel Attack Submarine, one SSN (Fast-Attack, nuclear powered submarine) and one SSBN (Nuclear powered, ballistic missiles launcher submarine). He has also been Project Officer of the new class of fast attack submarines being presently built for the French Navy, and of the M51 ballistic missile, currently deployed. In 1993, he graduated from the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, as an exchange student. He left the French Navy in 2000 to join PSA Peugeot Citroen as a senior research manager, in charge of Chassis Systems and associated electronics for three years, then in charge of Hybrid Vehicles & alternative propulsion, Electric and Electronic Architecture as well as systems integration, for another three years. He then spent one year as the Engines & Gearboxes Product Planner for PSA worldwide, before joining EADS. Since February 2007, he acts as a Research & Technology Coordinator for the whole EADS Group, in charge of Electronics, Sensors, Signal processing and System Integration.

Mark Willhoft Mark Willhoft
Programs Engineering Manager
Bradley Combat Systems
BAE Systems

Mark Willhoft is the Program Engineering Manager for the Bradley Combat Systems, a Business Area part of Combat Systems in L&A. Land and Armaments is a global leader in the design, development, production and service support of armored combat vehicles supporting the US Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Systems (HBCT).

As Program Engineering Manager, Mark is responsible for the Bradley Combat Systems Engineering that supports the design and development of new and existing variants from the transition to production of existing systems and supporting technical services for deployed systems.

Prior to his current assignment, Mark has held various positions that have contributed to the design, development, production and fielding of the A3 Bradley ranging from Fire Control Design Lead, Integration Manager, Deputy Program Manager and Director, helping take the program through all of the acquisition milestones/phases and achieving the highest rates of production in the life of the program.

Mark has a total of 27 years of experience in the combat vehicles industry participating in design, test system engineering and program management.

Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He also has been certified by Defense Acquisition University as a PM Level 3.

Mark is a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Mark and his wife Marnie have one daughter.

BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company, delivering a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services.

Walton L. Fehr Walton L. Fehr
US Dept. of Transportation

Walton Fehr is a member of the technical staff of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office within the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the US Department of Transportation. He is responsible for leading the Office's research into the development of technology that enables connected vehicle safety, mobility, and environment improvement applications. Prior to joining the Department two years ago, Mr. Fehr spent over 25 years in the automotive electronics industry.

Jacob Fischer Jacob Fischer
Electronics Project Engineer
Oshkosh Corporation

Jake Fischer holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech. He has been a dedicated employee of Oshkosh Corporation for 10 years, working primarily in systems integration and electronic development. For the past 6 years he has focused entirely on unmanned ground vehicle development and is currently in full swing on development of Oshkosh's fourth generation unmanned system under contract with the US Marine Corp. Jake is an avid roboticist at work, at home in his "spare" time and through his volunteer work through the FIRST Robotics STEM education program (www.waverobotics.com).

Partha P. Goswami, Ph.D. Partha P. Goswami, Ph.D.
General Motors LLC

Dr. Goswami has more than eighteen years of experience in the automotive industry. His diverse background includes automotive product development, concept innovation, technology and market strategy. He has been in his current role in Genereal Motors Global R&D for the last five years. In this role, he manages the portfolio of GM's advanced projects in Connected Vehicle & Infotainment (CVI) and is responsible for infotainment trend assessment, long-term technology strategy and roadmap development. He holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace/Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University and an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Kai Hackbarth Kai Hackbarth
ProSyst Software GmbH

Mr. Hackbarth has been actively involved in the technical work of the OSGi Alliance for more than 10 years. He is the Chair of the OSGi Requirements Working Committee, Residential Expert Group as well as interim Chair of the Vehicle Expert Group. Mr. Hackbarth was involved in several government funded research projects, such as Global Systems for Telematics (GST) and Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII). In addition he promotes the OSGi-Technology in various other initiatives such as BITKOMs' "Dialogkreis Telematik & Navigation". He played key role in the foundation of the OSGi Users'-Forum Germany, where he serves as Chairman since September 2008. Mr. Hackbarth's focus lies in the areas of smart-home and automotive telematics, where he actively drives current developments and is involved in the strategic positioning of ProSyst's product

Joel A. Hoffmann Joel A. Hoffmann

Strategic Market Development Manage In-Vehicle Infotainment, LEPD-IVI Intel Corporation

Dr. T. Russell Hsing Dr. T. Russell Hsing
Telcordia Technologies

Dr. T. Russell Hsing, a Fellow of the IEEE, British Computer Society (BCS) in UK, and the SPIE-The Internal Society for Optical Engineering. He is now an Executive Director to manage and lead the Emerging Technologies and Services Research Department at Telcordia Technologies. He is also supervising Directors for the Telcordia Applied Research Center in Poland (TARC-PL) and Taiwan (TARC-TW). He is a board member for CVTA (Connected Vehicles Trade Association). Dr. Hsing has accumulated 30+ years in the telecommunications and information & communications technology industry. He is an adjunct professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Arizona State University, a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of Networks Coding at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a guest professor at the Peking University in Beijing, China. He has been publishing extensively and is active member for the IEEE Communications Society (Comsoc). He is a Founding Chair of a Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications for the IEEE Comsoc. He has been a co-Editor-in-Chief of the ICT Book Series for the John Wiley & Sons Publications, Inc. since 2007. Dr. Hsing has pioneered the technology transfer and commercialization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Bellcore (and then Telcordia Technologies)

Tim Johnson Tim Johnson
Emerging Solutions, Strategic Opportunities Manager

Tim Johnson is Sprint Nextel's Strategic Opportunity Manager for OEM Telematics solutions. Tim has been with Sprint Nextel since 2001 in various regional and national roles, maintaining a core interest on data-centric wireless mobile solutions which enhance both enterprise and end user value. Tim has been focusing exclusively on in-vehicle connectivity solutions since 2007 as a result of leading the Sprint collaboration with Ford Motor Company around Ford Work Solutions.

Joseph N. Kanianthra Joseph N. Kanianthra, Ph.D. (Mech. Eng.)
Active Safety Engineering LLC

Dr. Joseph N. Kanianthra is the President of Active Safety Engineering LLC, a company set up specifically to provide automobile safety consulting services to the industry and safety community. He retired from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in August 2008 after 32 years of service. There he was the Senior Technical Advisor and an Associate Administrator for the Office of Vehicle Safety Research, where he directed all vehicle safety research related to crashworthiness, crash avoidance, driver-vehicle performance, tire research, driver distraction research, and intelligent technologies research programs.

His chief accomplishments in research and safety standards in NHTSA were the development of safety standards based on research for dynamic side-impact protection, roof crush injury prevention, ejection mitigation, head injury protection, and frontal impact protection of occupants in light passenger vehicles. He was also very active in the area of international harmonization of research and safety standards. Until August 2008, he was the Chairman of the International Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Government Focal Points Group.

Dr. Kanianthra received several distinguished awards, including the U.S. DOT Secretary's Award for meritorious and technological achievements and the Presidential Rank Award for sustained superior achievements. In 2008, he was awarded the Pathfinder Award by the Automotive Occupant Restraint Council and the Award of Merit for his significant contributions in safety from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. In June 2009, he received the Award for Engineering Excellence from the U.S. Government Department of Transportation at the 21st Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, and, in October 2009, in recognition of his outstanding technical achievements in vehicle safety, he was elected to be an SAE Fellow by SAE International's Board of Directors and the SAE Fellows Committee. He has published many technical papers on safety in various national and international conferences. He has addressed many well-known conferences such as the SAE, FISITA, ESV, World Injury Conference and International Mobility Conference. Currently, he is also the Chairman of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Vehicle and Traffic Safety Research Center at Chalmers University in Sweden.

Paul Laurenza Paul Laurenza
Managing Member
Dykema Gossett PLLC

Paul Laurenza is Managing Member of Dykema's Washington, D.C. office, represents automotive and other clients on federal regulatory and related litigation issues, including those before the Department of Transportation, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Mr. Laurenza has published and spoken extensively on motor vehicle-related issues, including regulatory and liability issues involving connected vehicles. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association.

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.

Ryan Middleton Ryan Middleton
Software Project Lead, Forward Engineering

Ryan Middleton is Software Project Lead, Forward Engineering at Delphi and has worked on advanced automotive infotainment features since 2008. Ryan's developments include software architecture, HMI, and supplier sourcing for features such as application frameworks, Bluetooth, and connected navigation. Besides playing a key role in production systems, he has helped determine strategies and technical direction for emerging infotainment features. Ryan earned his B.S. in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University with a focus on Interactive Multimedia Design. His previous experience and continued interests in web application development and user interaction design influence his perspective on automotive trends.

Priyantha Mudalige Priyantha Mudalige
Electrical and Controls Integration Lab
General Motors Research and Development

Priyantha Mudalige (Pri) is a staff researcher at the General Motors R&D. He has 20 years of research and software experience in the autonomous driving, active safety, V2X communication and visual serving areas. He led connected autonomous driving research programs such as Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) and V2X active safety projects programs such as Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance (CICAS) for GM. Pri currently works as PI for GM internal autonomous driving research and NHTSA funded V2V collision avoidance research. He earned numerous GM innovation awards for V2X and autonomous driving research. Before joining GM, Pri worked for Komatsu Autonomous Haul Truck program as a technical lead, where he developed collision avoidance and other safety subsystems for the world's first autonomous mining haul trucks. Pri was a research engineer at CSIRO-Australia for six years working on vision-based control and autonomous underground vehicles.

Pri has several US and international patents and co-authored over 25 publications. He earned B.Sc. Engineering (Hons) from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and M.S. in Robotics from the University of New South Wales Australia. He studied 3 years for PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland Australia before immigrating to the US. He is a chartered engineer and an IEEE member, currently lives with his wife and two children in Oakland Twp. Michigan USA.

Dr. Priya Prasad Dr. Priya Prasad
Ford Motor Company (retired)

Dr. Priya Prasad retired from Ford after 35 years in Automotive Safety. For the last 14 years at Ford, he was a Technical Fellow in Safety conducting and directing safety research and advanced engineering in both Active and Passive Safety. He has written over 110 Technical Papers in Journals and Engineering Conferences. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow Member of the SAE and the AIMBE. He received several awards recognizing my contributions to the field of safety and biomechanics. Dr. Prasad was the first recipient of the National Award for the Advancement of Motor Vehicle Research and Development and has also received the NHTSA Excellence in Safety Award.

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.

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.

Mika Rytk�nen Mika Rytkonen
Nokia Communications

Mr. Mika Rytkonen currently holds the position of Director, Industry Collaboration, at the Nokia automotive, in Espoo, Finland. He has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland and an MBA in International Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics. Mr. Rytkonen has a leading role in establishing the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), founded in February 2011, and is serving as the Consortium President and Board Chairman. Today, CCC has 31 members, which represent a 60% global market share in both the automotive and handset businesses. The CCC's main focus is on further developing the MirrorLink specification. MirrorLink is the open industry standard for phone centric car connectivity.

Mr. Rytkonen has a wide-ranging industry experience, and has held several positions in Nokia during last 20 years. During this time he has worked as a software designer, team leader for logistics in a manufacturing unit, engineering manager for GPRS (General Packet Radio System) protocol software and has held several positions as Program Director

Before joining Nokia's automotive activities, Rytkonen had a leading role in the Nokia Trolltech M&A project. He has also been a professional coach in Finnish baseball. His team won silver medal in the highest league in Finland at 1996. While not travelling, he enjoys golfing, reading and being a father for his four children.

Dr. Hemant M. Sardar Dr. Hemant M. Sardar
Assistant Research Scientist, Vehicle Systems and Controls Group

Dr. Hemant M. Sardar is an assistant research scientist in UMTRI's Vehicle Systems and Controls Group. His research covers the broad area of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) including the modeling and analysis of the driver-vehicle-environment-technology (DVET) interactions for active safety and driver assistance technologies, parametric modeling of the driving task, and analysis of naturalistic data. His current interests include aspects of modeling and control for safe autonomy in the automotive domain and exploring cost-effective solutions for migrating from driver-in-the-loop to driverless/autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Sardar was previously a technical specialist in TRW Automotive's Steering and Suspension Engineering where he provided technical analysis and support in the areas of systems and controls, and robust design for steering and suspension products. His prior experience includes work in the defense robotics area where he was involved with developing funded research for eventual commercialization. He has been active in research and technology development, both in academia and in industry, with application to robotics, machine tools, and automotive systems. He is currently an associate editor of ASME's Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control.

Tom Schaffnit Tom Schaffnit

Tom is an internationally-recognized expert in wireless telecommunications technology. He serves as the principal investigator for the V2V-Interoperability Project - under a cooperative pre-competitive research program between the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership - Vehicle Safety Communications III Consortium (a consortium of eight major automobile manufacturers) and the USDOT. His current responsibilities at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. are in the area of advanced safety systems enabled by wireless communications. In addition, he serves as president of the VII Consortium - a consortium of nine major automobile manufacturers - which is presently focused on policy questions relating to 5.9 GHz DSRC deployment. Tom has over twenty years of widely-ranging experience in wireless technologies - from developing technical standards to bringing new wireless services to market. Tom has an engineering education and background, complemented by an MBA degree and senior management experience.

Christian Schumacher Christian Schumacher
Director Engineering Systems & Technology, NAFTA
Continental Automotive Systems N.A.

Christian Schumacher is the Head of Systems & Technology for Continental Automotive Systems N.A., a position he has held since January 1st, 2010. In this capacity, Schumacher is responsible for all activities in North American Region for this central function.

Prior to this position, Schumacher was Engineering Manager, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Contiguard (the Active Passive integration Approach) for Continental Automotive Systems N.A. In this capacity, Schumacher was responsible for engineering of the North American Region for these product areas.

In 2005 and 2006 he managed software engineering supporting all core Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) software activities in North America.

Between 2002 and 2005 Schumacher was responsible for EBS software algorithm development supporting all North American Ford applications including the introduction of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Over Stability Control (RSC) with Ford.

He began his career with ITT Automotive Brake Systems (Alfred Teves, Frankfurt, Germany) in 1997 in Control Strategy Engineering involved in the development of Traction Control Systems and ESC and moved to the United States in 1999 to adapt and introduce the core Continental ESC to the American market.

Schumacher earned a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) in 1997. He currently lives in Lake Orion, Michigan with his wife and three children.

Linda Senigaglia Linda Senigaglia
Senior Director of Product Marketing
Navigation Solutions

Linda Senigaglia brings a fresh perspective to the complexities of location based services and telematics. She is an accomplished executive with expertise from serving in key business development, product marketing, product management, and sales positions with leading companies in the ecosystem and value chain, such as Nokia, Magellan, TeleNav, iGo My Way, and Navigation Solutions. At Navigation Solutions, Linda utilizes her understanding of location based services, telematics, consumer electronics, and competitive market intelligence to develop strategic business partnerships, and create and execute successful growth strategies for Hertz and non Hertz business.

Gary Streelman Gary Streelman
Program Manager, Infotainment & Navigation and Telematics
Magneti Marelli Electronics

Mr. Streelman is working for Magneti Marelli Electronics in the roll of Program Manager for Infotainment & Navigation and Telematics in North America. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Currently he is coordinating activity related to vehicle connectivity including fleet management and other Telematics applications in North America. In his career he has been active in following connectivity to and from the vehicle and has authored a number of papers. His career has involved designing and implementing electronic systems for automotive applications.

Bernard Theisen Bernard Theisen
Technical Manager
Autonomous Mobility Applique System

Mr. Theisen graduated with his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University and began work at TARDEC's Advance Vehicle Technologies (AVT) area at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI were he began work on TARDEC's S&T planning for future technology development. He then transitioned to Vectronics area to work directly on robotics system as part of the Robotic Follower (RF) Army Technology Objective (ATO) Advanced Concept Demonstrator (ACD). After rotations at the Joint Robotics Program (JRP) at the Pentagon and RDECOM System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) at Fort Belvoir. Mr. Theisen then return to the newly formed Intelligent Ground System and ran the Remote Imaging for Unmanned Ground Vehicle (RIUGV) Project for TARDEC and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). He then transitioned to the Joint Center for Robotics (JCR) were he was the project manager for outreach responsible for engaging the community and industry to help foster the next generation of robotist. He is now part of TARDEC's Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR) area in his current position as Technical Manager (TM) for Autonomous Mobility Applique System (AMAS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) and its transition to the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office (RS JPO).

James Vondale James Vondale
Ford Motor Company

Mr. Vondale joined Ford Motor Company's Office of the General Counsel in 1981 where he handled complex product litigation matters, with an emphasis on vehicle restraints, including air bags and safety belts. From January, 2001, to July, 2011, Mr. Vondale was the Director of Ford's Automotive Safety Office, where he had global responsibility for a broad range of safety-related issues, including safety strategy, regulatory forecasting, vehicle program support and internal and external safety investigations. Mr. Vondale has led Ford's connected vehicle safety efforts and currently represents the vehicle industry on the ITS Advisory Committee.

John Waraniak John Waraniak
Vice President of Vehicle Technology
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

John Waraniak, vice president of vehicle technology leads SEMA's advanced vehicle technology strategy, programs and initiatives. His role is to help performance aftermarket companies understand the challenges, develop solutions and capitalize on new business opportunities presented by today's complex vehicle technologies and systems. Waraniak is a proven industry leader who has worked for automotive, motorsports, aerospace and consumer products companies for more than 25 years. With specific expertise in vehicle systems engineering and collaborative product development, Waraniak serves as the primary contact for SEMA members to reach automakers and original-equipment suppliers on vehicle architecture and systems integration issues.

John currently serves as a member of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr., Graduate Engineering Center Industrial Advisory Board at Clemson University and the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Administration Advisory Board. Prior to joining SEMA, Waraniak held executive management positions with a range of global companies, including TATA Motors, Johnson Controls, General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop and No Fear. His visionary and entrepreneurial leadership skills played an integral role in helping these companies develop and implement innovative strategies for adapting best business and technology practices for lean product-process development, customer-centric growth and improved profitability.
Waraniak earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has a master's degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in engineering management from West Coast University. He also graduated from the California Institute of Technology's Executive Engineering Management Program. John is an avid auto industry and motocross enthusiast. He resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife Terri and has two sons, Scott and Jeff.

Andr� Weimerskirch Andre Weimerskirch

Andre Weimerskirch is co-founder of ESCRYPT and currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American-based ESCRYPT Inc. He studied business information technology as well as mathematics at Darmstadt Technical University before receiving his Master of Science in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA. He then received a Ph.D. of Ruhr-University of Bochum in the area of applied data security. Since then Andre has been involved in numerous industry projects in the area of embedded data security and privacy, both in the US and Europe. He published numerous articles in academic and industrial workshops, and contributed to several industry standards around automotive data security. Andre's areas of expertise include in-vehicle communication data security, physical security, automotive security applications, digital rights management, and theft protection. In the area of inter-vehicle communication, he participates in the IEEE 1609 standards working group and is an editor of the European ETSI TC ITS V2X security standard. Furthermore, Andre is member of the European Car-to-Car Communications Consortium, is the main security consultant of the VSC-A and VSC3 V2V safety application project, and supervises ESCRYPT's IEEE 1609.2 security stack product.

Dorothy Ziegelbauer Dorothy Ziegelbauer
Product Development and Project Manager
Verisk Analytics, Inc.

Dorothy Ziegelbauer is a Product development and Project manager for Verisk Analytic's Applied Informatix Unit. Dorothy has been working closely with customers and strategic partners on product development initiatives and insurance underwriting applications for almost 10 years. More recently her focus has been working on telematics product development activities and expanding her knowledge and expertise of telematics data and its relevant use in the insurance industry.

Dorothy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Ramapo College of New Jersey, a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and a Project Management Certificate from Stevens Institute of Technology.