2018 Theme: "Disruptive Technologies" │ September 11-13, 2018 │ Rosemont, IL, USA │ Hyatt Regency O'Hare

The on- and off-highway industry’s leading technical event is back in 2018 with a new name and a new look. The COMVEC™ Technology Connection is the central forum for the community that develops vehicles and equipment spanning the on-highway, off-highway, agricultural, construction, industrial, military, and mining sectors.

Unlike other industry events, COMVEC provides its attendees with a relevant and timely technical program that drives engagement and sparks innovation. COMVEC’s new event format encourages lively discussion amongst presenters and attendees that leads to optimal networking.

Discover the latest and critical need-to-know information impacting global commercial vehicles through the expanded event program. Participate in interactive panel discussions, experience the dynamic technical displays, and connect with industry leaders. Make plans now to attend!

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Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

Troy A. Clarke

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Navistar International Corp.

Troy A. Clarke assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Navistar International Corp. in April 2013, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since August 2012. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in February 2017. As COO, Clarke was accountable for all Navistar operations in North America and globally. He assumed this role shortly after being named President, Truck and Engine in July 2012. Clarke joined Navistar Inc. in December 2010 as President of Navistar Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for leading the company’s growth initiatives in the region. He came to Navistar after a distinguished 35-year career at General Motors. At General Motors, Clarke most recently served as President of GM North America and GM Group Vice President.

Wednesday Keynote

Ranju Das

General Manager, Amazon Rekognition

Ranju Das is part of the technical leadership team at Amazon Web Services, pulling from over a decade of expertise in distributed systems, architecture, web-scale analytics, big data, machine learning and high performance computing to help customers bring their ideas to life through technology. Since joining Amazon in early 2013, he has played a role in introducing significant new features and products to retail customers like Amazon Drive, and Amazon Prime Photos. Ranju has led the development of the Amazon Rekognition Service from its inception. Prior to Amazon, Ranju played a key role in the delivery of Nook Tablet, led the big data and database development for Barnes & Noble, and was founder and CEO of two startups.

Keynote & Awards Lunch Speaker

Bill Driegert

Director of Uber Freight

Bill Driegert is the Director of Uber Freight, an app that seamlessly connects trucking companies with loads to haul. Prior to joining Uber, he served as Chief Operations Officer at Pillow Homes. He also spent time at Amazon as Director of Planning and Innovation with oversight over new initiatives in final mile delivery and truckload. Driegert was a founding team member of Coyote Logistics (acquired by UPS) and the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. He started his career building racecars in Vermont before joining PepsiCo to start a career in logistics.

Presenter, L. Ray Buckendale Lecture

Kirk T. Steudle, P.E.

Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Director–Michigan Department of Transportation

Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT’s over $4 billion budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4000 state highway bridges at a department with 2500 employees.  He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects. Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected and automated vehicle technologies, and was the 2014-15 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Get involved with an SAE technical committee

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer to meet with Committee chairs/vice chairs, ask questions, and learn more about the COMVEC Committees on Aerodynamics, Chassis, Powertrain, and Total Vehicle Mechatronics & Integration.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 – 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer

Committee Outreach - Each Committee chair/vice chair will be available to answer any questions for prospective committee members.

COMVEC Committees:
Total Vehicle Mechatronics & Integration

Executive Council

Mehdi Ahmadian

Professor and Director
Virginia Tech University

Craig Barnes

Founder and President
CAB Consulting LLC

Alan Berger

Chief Technology Officer, AG Products
CNH Industrial

Charles Chilton

General Manager, North America Tractor Platform
Navistar Inc.

Michael Connolly

Robert Bosch LLC

Del Costy

Vice President, Automotive Transportation & Heavy Equipment
Siemens PLM Software

Dan Cowan

Director, North American Sales
Velodyne LiDAR

Willard Cutler

Technology Director, Environmental Technologies
Corning Inc.

Uday Deshpande

Vice President–Electronics Systems Engineering
CNH Industrial

Robert Dolan

Business Unit Director Design & Integration
IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.

Mihai Dorobantu

Director, Technology Planning & Government Affairs
Eaton Vehicle Group

Michael Doseck

Owner & Managing Director
daVinci Technology Group Inc.

Kevin Duffy

Division Manager Energy & Transportation
Caterpillar Inc.

Benjamin Duprey

Senior Modeling and Simulation Engineer
Mechanical Simulation Corp.

Daniel Funcannon

Vice President & General Manager, Mining Division
Komatsu America Corp.

Rahul Garg

Global Senior Director
Siemens PLM Software

Richard Hanowski

Director, Center for Truck & Bus Safety
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Craig Henriksen

FEV North America Inc.

Richard Holloway

Product Line Leader, Harvesting QPS Global Product Quality
CNH Industrial

David Holmgren

CTO Office Electrics/Electronics
Volkswagen Truck and Bus AB

Kenneth Howden

Director, 21st Century Truck Partnership
U.S. Department of Energy

Thomas Howell

Chief Engineer
AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.

Haoran Hu

Vice President and CTO
Weichai Power Co. Ltd.

Gregory Huss

OEM Global Director
Lubrizol Additves

Robb Janak

Director, New Technology
Jacobs Vehicle Systems

Mark Jensen

Product Line Director
Vector North America

Wensi Jin

Automotive Industry Manager

Michele Kaiser

Construction Crawler Assembly Supervisor
John Deere

Blake Kashiwagi

Director, Mechatronics Engineering
Daimler Trucks North America

Chris Mays

Chief Engineer, Advanced Engineering

Philip McEwen

Senior Director of Sales
Continental Corp.

Paul Menig

Tech-I-M LLC

Kent Meyers

Autonomous Vehicles Program Manager
CNH Industrial

Ryan Milburn

Executive Director, Embedded Control Systems
Allison Transmission

Dennis Mooney

Senior VP, Global Product Development

Dave Rodgers

Vice President, On-Highway Specialty Products
Power Solutions International

Brian Routhier

Transportation Specialist
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Gary Schmiedel

Sareja LLC

Kelly Schmitz

Executive Director
New & Recon Parts Engineering, Cummins Inc.

Stephen Sears

Chief Strategic Officer
Sears Manufacturing Co.

Navtej Singh

Chief Engineer, Powertrain–Aftertreatment Systems

Mark Smith

Vehicle Technologies Deployment Manager
U.S. Department of Energy

Landon Sproull

Vice President

Srinivasa Srinath

Executive Director
CGN & Associates

Phil Stephenson

General Manager
PACCAR Technical Center

David Stout

General Manager
Global Electronics Ltd.

Daniel Styles

Group Leader
Ford Motor Co.

Stephan Tarnutzer

President, Mobility Engineering
AVL Engineering, Inc.

Duane Tiede

ATI Inc.

Peter Waeltermann


Brian Walker

Director, Business Development
AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.

Hans Welfers

MAN Truck & Bus AG (retired)

Graham Weller

Vice President, Mechatronics
Horiba Automotive Test Systems Corp.

Bryan Wells

Senior Manager, NA Research Engineering Center
DENSO International America Inc.

Steven Wesolowski

Sr. Director of Global Advanced Engineering
Dana Holding Corp.

Kevin West

Project Manager GHG Product Strategy
Volvo Group Trucks Technology

Daniel Williams

Director Commercial Vehicle ADAS

Lawrence Williams

Global Account Director for CV