Brake Colloquium & Exhibition - 36th Annual

October 14-17, 2018 │ Palm Desert, CA, USA │ JW Marriott Desert Springs

There is a critical challenge facing the braking industry explicit to the balancing of technology development for the current state of today’s vehicles while having to look at the industry evolution toward more autonomous and electric vehicles.  Join us as we discuss the most up-to-date technical information on braking and brake systems for light- and heavy-duty OEMs and aftermarket customers. The Colloquium covers critical developments in materials, design, emissions, testing, NVH, and CAE. There will be particular emphasis on topics and discussion regarding the influences of automated and electric vehicles on brake development.

Engineers, academics, and executives are invited to participate in thought-provoking panel discussions, astute technical program, and an unrivaled B2B exhibition with critical networking opportunities. Make plans now with your colleagues to attend North America’s most significant brake technology event and meet subject matter experts from around the world to obtain the insights you and your company needs to stay competitive.

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Featured Speaker

Opening Keynote

Kelly Funkhouser

Program Manager, Vehicle Interface–Consumer Reports

Kelly Funkhouser, Program Manager, Vehicle Interface at Consumer Reports,  will deliver the opening keynote session at the 2018 Brake Colloquium & Exhibition and will address consumer acceptance of electronic braking systems (EBS) and other braking technologies.  Funkhouser has spent the past 10 years studying human factors and usability of vehicle technology systems. She has worked on various projects for government and industry assessing driver distraction, cooperative driving, transfer of control, driver perceptions, and trust in automation. Funkhouser recently joined the auto test team at Consumer Reports as the Program Manager for Vehicle Usability and Automation. She assesses driver interactions with controls, infotainment systems, and all levels of automation. She believes the key to ensuring the safety benefits of new technologies is through a driver-centered design that propels consumer acceptance, trust, and correct use.

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Executive Committee

Roy Link

Chairman & CEO
Link Engineering Co.

Roy Eastham

VP Engineering
Hi-Pad Brake Technology

Richard Kaatz

General Manager, North America Operations

Dr. Seong Kwan Rhee

SKR Consulting LLC

Daniel Sandberg

Brembo North America

Paul Smith

Senior Manager

William Vander Roest


Gregory Vyletel

Executive Director
Brake Engineering at First Brands Group, LLC

James Webster

Global Brake Manager
General Motors

Advisory Board

Harald Abendroth


Yuichiro Akita

Honda R&D Americas Inc.

Jayashree Bijwe

Indian Institute of Technology

Bart Cann

BWI Group

Gilberto Crosa

John Fieldhouse

JDF Consulting

Peter Filip

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Kasem Issaraphithakkul

Compact International (1994) Co. Ltd.

Ho Jang

Korea University

Se-Il Kim

Hyundai Mobis

ShinWan Kim

KB AutoSys

Takashi Kudo

Akebono Corp.

Masaaki Nishiwaki

Kanagawa Institute of Technology

Georg Ostermeyer

TU Braunschweig

Kurt Person

Innovation and Management Services LLC

Mike Petrovski

Ford Motor Company

Kuldip Singh Rathee

Ask Automotive Pvt. Ltd.

Yukihiro Shiomi

Toyota Motor Corp.

S. Viji

Brakes India Pvt. Ltd.

Robert Waninger

Audi AG

Marvin Weintraub

MHW Ltd.

Wang Yao

China Friction & Sealing Material Association

Technical Program Advisory Group

Carlos Agudelo

Director of Advanced Technology Development
Link Engineering Company

Dave Antanaitis

Technical Fellow - Brakes and Controls
General Motors

Eric Denys

Wolverine Advanced Materials

Richard Kaatz

General Manager, North America Operations

Dr. Seong Kwan Rhee

SKR Consulting LLC

Gregory Vyletel

Executive Director
Brake Engineering at First Brands Group, LLC