Thermal Management Systems Digital Summit

October 9-11, 2018 │ San Diego, CA │ San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

With the start of new vehicle powertrains such as hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles, all thermal management systems, including mobile air conditioning systems, require new concepts to provide passenger compartment heating and cooling, as well as heating and cooling of batteries and cooling vehicle fuel systems.

For 2018, the Thermal Management Systems Symposium will focus on the latest and most pertinent topics in the field of thermal systems technology today. This event will serve as the meeting ground for thermal systems professionals from around the globe to discuss the latest regulatory changes and their impacts on the thermal management systems industry. This symposium represents the perfect opportunity to interact and network with other industry professionals from OEMs, academia, chemical companies, regulatory bodies, and more.

Who Attends

Previous attendees have come from many different types of organizations, including Tier 1 suppliers, OEMs, chemical companies, and academia.

  • R&D engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Executives / management
  • Professors
  • College students.
Keynote Speaker

Daniel Kok, Ph.D.

Manager for Advanced Electrified Powertrain Systems, Ford Motor Company

As Ford Motor Company's Manager for Advanced Electrified Powertrain Systems, Daniel Kok, Ph.D., is responsible for powertrain system design of Ford’s next generation of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles. He worked on hybrid-electric vehicles for TNO Automotive in Delft, The Netherlands, before joining Ford’s Research Center in Aachen, Germany, as Technical Specialist Energy Management. In 2005, he transferred to Ford’s Engineering Center in Dunton in the UK as Global Manager for Micro-Hybrid Systems and in 2011 transferred to Ford’s Engineering Center in Dearborn, MI. Kok holds more than 20 patents in the field of vehicle electrification and received a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1994 and a Ph.D. degree in 1999.


Keynote Speaker

Antonio (Tony) Vespa

Senior Engineer–Vehicle Evaluation, Hyundai America Technical Center Inc.

As a Senior Engineer in the Vehicle Evaluation group at Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. (HATCI), Antonio (Tony) Vespa is responsible for the satisfactory operation of vehicle thermal systems (HVAC and Powertrain cooling) for Hyundai Motor vehicles sold in North America. Responsibilities include development of thermal systems for both HVAC and powertrain cooling. He recently developed a heat gleaning system to be used on future EVs, resulting in 5% range improvement. In previous positions, he had full responsibility for powertrain cooling systems from concept to production.

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Symposium Chair/Vice Chair

Bashar S. AbdulNour, Ph.D.

Supervisor–Thermal Systems Analysis, Ford Motor Company

Wilko Jansen

Senior Technical Specialist–Thermal Management, Aerodynamics, Water & Dirt Management and Acoustics, Jaguar Land Rover

Symposium Organizers

Ales Alajbegovic, Ph.D.

Vice President, World Wide Centers of Excellence & Services SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes

Jeffrey Bozeman

Vehicle Performance Engineer–Cabin Human Thermal Comfort and HVAC Technology, General Motors

Hector Cano

Senior Heat Exchanger Engineer, Bergstrom Inc.

Robin Cash, Ph.D.

VCSE Core Business Lead, Ford Motor Company

Edward Gerges

Manager–Business Development Advanced Technologies, Dana Inc.

Sowmya Jayaraman

Senior Engineer, General Motors

Vamshi M. Korivi, Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army TARDEC

Kevin Laboe

Manager–Fuel Economy, Thermal Management and Powertrain NVH; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Jason Lustbader

Center for Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Gursaran Mathur, Ph.D.

Technical Specialist–Climate Control & Sr. Manager in Research & Development Engineering, Calsonic Kansei North America

Christophe Petitjean, Ph.D.

Worldwide Test Laboratory Director, Valeo Thermal System

Ronald Semel

Thermal Systems Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Alaa El-Sharkawy, Ph.D.

Manager–Technical Fellow Thermal Systems, Chrysler Group, LLC

Kumar Srinivasan

Senior Manager, Aero/Thermal Development & Advanced CAE Integration, FCA US LLC

Andy Sutherland

Global Lead Thermal Systems Engineering, TI Automotive

Sudhi Uppuluri

Technical Director, Computational Sciences Experts Group

Matthew Warner

Manager of Operations, Gamma Technologies LLC

Jie Zeng, Ph.D.

CAE Manager, DENSO International America Inc.

Tao Zhan, Ph.D.

Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board