Keynote Speakers Named for SAE International’s Noise and Vibration Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

SAE International announces the slate of keynote speakers for its Noise and Vibration Conference & Exhibition, which will be held June 10-13 at the DeVos Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The SAE 2019 Noise and Vibration Conference and Exhibition is the premier technical event dedicated to mobility noise, vibration, and harshness. Held biennially, this conference serves as a forum for leading automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace professionals to share the latest technologies surrounding NVH and sound quality.

The keynote speakers will include:
  • Tuesday, June 11 – Raymond Kach, PhD: Kach started working at the Ford Motor Company in 1979 in engine simulation after receiving his master's in mechanical engineering. Kach received his Ph.D. in 1988. He spent 12 years working in the Ford Research Labs and 28 years working in Product Development. Kach has over 30 years of experience in engine modeling using 1-D engine performance tools. Kach was involved with the development and implementation of the original 1-D engine performance simulation software that accounts for pressure wave dynamics in the intake and exhaust systems to drive engine performance and exhaust/intake NVH.
  • Wednesday, June 12 – John Maxon: Maxon is manager of Acoustics, Vibration, and Community Noise Engineering for Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Maxon joined Gulfstream in 2004 as a technical specialist after working for Gulfstream’s parent company, General Dynamics, for more than 18 years. While there, he specialized in structural acoustic and vibration analysis at Electric Boat, helping to make U.S. submarines undetectable. He introduced the Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) acoustic and vibration modeling tool to Gulfstream and directed the development of Gulfstream’s Acoustic Test Facility (ATF). Presentation Title: The Sound of Synergy
  • Thursday, June 13 – Daniel A. Russell, PhD: For 16 years Russell was a physics professor at Kettering University in Flint, MI, where he taught introductory and advanced physics to all levels of undergraduate students, along with acoustics and vibration courses to junior/senior engineering and physics majors. He developed an acoustics laboratory currently used for faculty and student research projects as well as for an advanced undergraduate laboratory experience in acoustics and vibration. Since 2011, Russell has been a member of the faculty in the Graduate Program in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches graduate-level courses in acoustics and vibration to both resident and distance education graduate students. Presentation Title: Making Acoustics and Vibration Concepts Accessible Through the Use of Animations
The Technical Program will offer a full complement of sessions, workshops and “Chat with the Experts” on a variety of relevant and timely topics, including: hybrid and electric vehicles; sensors; vehicle lightweighting; aerodynamic noise methods; vehicle/body chassis analysis; acoustic and vibration methods; materials; and powertrain systems, just to name a few. To see the complete Technical Program, visit

For more information about the SAE 2019 Noise & Vibration Conference and Exhibition, or to register, visit

Journalists and other members of the media seeking credentials should email or call 1-724-772-8522.

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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