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Powering Future Innovation

September 20-22, 2022 | Indianapolis, IN

David S. Graziosi

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Allison Transmission

Tuesday Keynote

David S. Graziosi has served as a director of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. since May 2018. Mr. Graziosi, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Allison, a position he has held since June 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Graziosi served as President, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Allison from January 2016 to June 2018 and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary since joining Allison in November 2007. Before joining Allison, between 2006 and 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Covalence Specialty Materials Corporation. Prior to joining Covalence Specialty Materials Corporation, Mr. Graziosi held various positions in industry, including as Vice President of Finance Precursors and Epoxy Resins at Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. from 2005 to 2006 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Resolution Performance Products LLC from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Chemical Industrial Products Inc., as Finance Director of GenTeck Inc., and as Internal Audit Director and Assistant Corporate Controller at Sun Chemical Group B.V. Mr. Graziosi is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (non-practicing).

Presentation: Powering Future Innovation: Perspectives

Dana J.H. Pittard

Vice President of Defense Programs, Allison Transmission

Tuesday Keynote

Dana Pittard is Vice President of Defense Programs for Allison Transmission (Allison). In this role, he oversees Allison’s domestic and global defense business. With defense products in over 100 countries, Allison is the leading provider of wheeled and tracked military vehicle transmissions in the world. 

Pittard joined Allison in 2015. He previously served in the U.S. Army in the grade of Major General and retired after 34 years of active duty service. He served in staff positions at all levels including at the White House as Military Aide to the President of the United States. He gained global experience through deployments or visits to over 85 countries throughout the world. Pittard was a highly decorated combat leader and commanded units at every echelon from platoon through division, including multiple combat tours in Iraq and the Middle East. In 2014, he was chosen to lead the initial U.S. response to halt the aggressive spread of the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq. 

Pittard is the owner of the consulting firm Pittard & Associates and the president of Hillian-Woods, LLC which owns two separate family timber farms in the state of South Carolina. He is on the Advisory Board of Esource-Resource and on the Board of Directors of the West Point Association of Graduates.  Pittard also serves on the Advisory Board of the George H.W. Bush School of Public Policy at Texas A&M University.  In 2018, Pittard was selected by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Top 100 African-American Corporate Executives in America.” He is an avid reader, family man, and triathlete. Pittard is a contributing author of the book, “By Their Deeds” and is the co-author of the book “Hunting the Caliphate – America’s War on ISIS.” 

He has led fundraising efforts for various causes such as the American Cancer Society, the United Negro College Fund, and other worthy causes. Pittard serves as a director on the Hamilton County Community Foundation (HCCF) Board. Some of his of other philanthropic pursuits include founding and contributing to the Felicia J. Pittard Scholarship Fund as well as the Lucille and Dana Pittard Family Fund (a donor-advised fund under the Central Indiana Community Foundation).

Pittard earned a B.S. from West Point, a master’s degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Fellow. 

He has been interviewed by numerous national major news networks and is a regular contributor on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, and NPR on national security and defense policy, ISIS, veteran’s issues, race relations, suicide prevention, and diversity and inclusion. Pittard has been published and interviewed in the Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, Military Times, Politico, and many other news outlets.

He lives in the Indianapolis, Indiana area with his wife Lucille.

Presentation: Powering Future Innovation: In Defense, Why It Matters

Ameya Joshi

Director Emerging Technologies & Regulations, Corning Inc.

Wednesday Buckendale Keynote

Dr. Ameya Joshi is the director of emerging technologies and regulations at Corning Incorporated, where he follows advances in engines, emissions control technologies and electrification, for the company’s Environmental Technologies division. He provides credible technical guidance to engage regulators, customers and other automotive suppliers on the direction of emissions regulations globally and their impact on future technology choices.

Ameya currently serves as an associate editor for the SAE Journal of Engines, Publishing Editor for the journal Emission Control Science and Technology and Editorial Board Member of the Transportation Engineering Journal. He is also a reviewer for various projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office through the Annual Merit Review. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in Mechanical Engineering.

Presentation: Transitioning commercial vehicles to zero impact emissions – Technologies, Challenges and Opportunities ahead

Heavy-duty engines emit roughly a quarter of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector and are estimated to emit ~ 1/3rd of the mobile source NOx emissions by 2045. The health effects of NOx and particulates are well understood, but they are borne disproportionately by disadvantaged communities: an estimated 72 million people live within 200 meters of a truck freight route. From a societal and climate change perspective, reducing emissions from commercial vehicles is clearly a priority. 

Various approaches are being pursued to address the issue, ranging from incremental improvements in engines to step changes via alternate fuels and electrification. This talk will attempt to summarize the status of the various technologies involved, and perhaps more importantly, highlight the challenges – and opportunities – for the industry as we make the transition to cleaner transportation. 

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