September 9-11, 2019 | Indianapolis, IN | JW Marriott

2019 Theme: Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

Charging & Fueling the Next 100 Years

As technology evolves, so do the opportunities for forward-thinking mobility professionals to be a part of the transformation – to help move the commercial vehicle industry forward into the next generation.

The COMVEC™ Technology Connection is the convening point for the community that develops vehicles and equipment spanning the on-highway, off-highway (agriculture, construction, industrial), ground defense, and mining sectors. Join us in Indianapolis, IN for three days of expert-led panel discussions, peer-to-peer networking, professional development, and a technology-driven exhibit floor. From the direction of the industry and technologies under development to regulatory impacts and efficiency improvements, COMVEC covers the latest and critical need-to-know information impacting global commercial vehicles today and in the future.

Created to promote professional interaction and collaboration with the industry’s most influential audience, COMVEC attracts more than 650 attendees in the commercial vehicle market.

What COMVEC™ Offers:

  • Three days of networking

  • 650+ attendees

  • 30+ exhibitors

  • 25+ panel discussions


Featured Speakers

Monday Keynote

Rich Freeland

President and Chief Operations Officer, Cummins Inc.

Rich Freeland joined Cummins in 1979, one day after graduating from Purdue University, as a foreman at the Cummins Parts Distribution Center in Columbus, IN, where he managed second-shift operations. He assumed the role of Industrial Engineer in 1981 at the same location and General Foreman in 1984. Throughout his career, Freeland has held a number of positions, including Plant Manager, Vice President of Purchasing, and President of three of the company’s business segments.  Since 2014, Freeland has served as Cummins' President and Chief Operations Officer, bringing a unique perspective to the position after having led three of the five Cummins business segments. Throughout his nearly 40 years at Cummins, he has seen the company expand globally, growing from $1.7 billion in sales in 1979 to more than $20 billion in 2017. Freeland also serves on Cummins’ Board of Directors, as well as the boards of Valvoline and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Tuesday Keynote

Franklin R. Chang Díaz, Ph.D.

Chairman and CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company

Franklin Chang Díaz, Ph.D., is Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, a U.S. firm developing advanced plasma rocket technology and applications in sustainable energy with operations in Webster, TX, and Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Chang Díaz founded Ad Astra in 2005 after a 25-year career as a NASA astronaut. A veteran of seven space missions, he has logged more than 1600 hours in space, including 19 hours in three space walks. In 1994, in conjunction with astronaut training at NASA, he founded and directed the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory (ASPL) at the Johnson Space Center to develop the physics of the VASIMR® rocket engine. Chang Díaz holds a Ph.D. degree in applied plasma physics from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is Adjunct Professor of Physics at Rice University and the University of Houston. Chang Díaz serves on the Board of Directors of Cummins Inc. and EARTH University. He also leads “Strategy for the XXI Century,” a master plan aimed at transforming Costa Rica into a fully developed nation by 2050.

Wednesday Keynote

Carla Bailo

President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

Carla Bailo is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management, with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. As the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) President and CEO, she leads the overall mission, manages day-to-day business, and is the face for the automotive industry in several venues. In her role prior to CAR, she was Ohio State University’s Assistant Vice President for Mobility Research and Business Development. In this role, she accelerated the university’s sustainable mobility and transportation innovation, while integrating related research and education across Ohio State’s academic units. She also led Ohio State’s involvement as the primary research partner for Smart Columbus, a $140 million program to transform central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region. Bailo was the 2016-2018 Vice President of Automotive for SAE International. She has 35 years of experience in the automotive industry, including 25 years at Nissan. In her most recent role at Nissan, she served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Nissan North America Inc.

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2019 Executive Chairperson

Jennifer Rumsey

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

Jennifer Rumsey is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins Inc. In this role she leads the global technical organization of approximately 10,000 employees responsible for research and engineering across Cummins business segments. As a member of the Cummins Leadership Team, Rumsey helps set the strategy for the company, which includes a commitment to leading in critical technologies and providing a broad portfolio of power solutions for its global customers in diverse industries.

Executive Council

Mehdi Ahmadian

Professor and Director
Virginia Tech University

Elma Avdic

Director, EBU Engineering
Cummins Inc.

Craig Barnes

Founder and President
CAB Consulting LLC

Gregory Beauprez

Head of US Test Operations
Ricardo Inc.

Alan Berger

Chief Technology Officer, AG Products
CNH Industrial

Charles Chilton

Director–Product Engineering

Michael Connolly

Robert Bosch LLC

Del Costy

Vice President, Automotive Transportation & Heavy Equipment
Siemens PLM Software

Dan Cowan

Automotive Programs Director
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

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

Manager, Business Development
FEV North America Inc.

Christine Hilmer

Integration Engineer, Vehicle Integration Systems Electronics
Cummins Inc.

Richard Holloway

Sr. Director–Harvesting 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 CANtech Inc.

Wensi Jin

Automotive Industry Manager

Michele Kaiser

Manager–Supplier Quality
John Deere Worldwide Construction and Forestry

Blake Kashiwagi

Director, Mechatronics Engineering
Daimler Trucks North America

Kevin Kluemper

Director, Customer Integration Engineering
Allison Transmission Inc.

Chris Mays

Senior Technical Specialist, Commercial Vehicle

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

Dave Rodgers

Commercial Director
Power Solutions International

Brian Routhier

Automotive Engineer

Gary Schmiedel

Oshkosh (retired)

Kelly Schmitz

Executive Director
New & Recon Parts Engineering

Stephen Sears

Chief Strategic Officer
Sears Manufacturing Co.

Ethan Seifer

Assistant Chief Engineer
Cummins Inc.

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

AVL Powertrain Inc.

Jacie Unpingco

Embedded Systems Validation Engineer
PACCAR Technical Center

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