SAE 2014 Thermal Management Systems Symposium

Technical Session Schedule

Tuesday, September 23

Keynote: SuperTruck Development and Thermodynamic Challenges
(Session Code: TMSSK2)

Room City Lights  8:00 a.m.

Wilko Jansen

Day 2 - Featured Keynote

Derek Rotz
Senior Manager
Advanced Engineering Department
Daimler Trucks North America

Keynote Address: SuperTruck Development and Thermodynamic Challenges

The SuperTruck program co-sponsored by the US Department of Energy challenged the trucking industry to push the envelope on new technologies in order to reach the aggressive target of 50% improvement in freight efficiency. Several technologies under development in the program posed thermal challenges, in terms of meeting performance targets, managing complexity and making engineering tradeoffs. The processes, analyses and concepts used to strike a balance amongst several thermal systems -- and in some cases competing objectives -- will be explored from a vehicle integration perspective in Daimler's effort to design, build and test a functional demonstrator truck.


Derek Rotz is a Senior Manager in the Advanced Engineering department at Daimler Trucks North America. For the past 9 years, Derek's career has focused on developing technologies to improve fuel economy and introducing them to the market. A prime example includes Predictive Cruise Control, the world's first automotive control application which uses GPS and 3D digital maps to save fuel. More recently Derek serves as Principle investigator for the SuperTruck, an R&D program co-funded by the US department of Energy with the goal of demonstrating a 50% improvement in vehicle freight efficiency.

Keynote Speaker(s) - Derek Rotz, Senior Manager, Advanced Engineering Dept, Daimler Trucks North America