Sections Speaker Series

For contact information for the following speakers, please reach out to Abby Hartman at


Emily Anthony
Mechanical Engineer 2
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Topic: Project Management in Formula SAE

Jerry Burton
Creative Director
Topic: The Evolution of the C8 Mid-engine Corvette

John Laurence Busch
Independent Historian

  • Engineers Presentation: Building the First “Steamship” in History
  • Materials Presentation: Building the First “Steamship” in History
  • Systems Engineering Presentation: Building the First “Steamship” in History

William Chamberlin

  • Fueling Our Future Transportation Needs
  • Why So Many Lubricants in My Garage?
  • They Don't Build Automobiles the Way They Used to!

Jeff Dix
Principal Engineer
Nissan Technical Center North America
Topic: Working Toward "Virtually Zero" Motor Vehicle Fatalities

Equipment Needs: Projector for presenting a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation from a laptop. Microphone is requested if a large auditorium is planned.

Henry Dominguez

  • Edsel: The Story of Henry Ford's Forgotten Son
  • Ford Automobile Design: 1926-1951: Products & Personalities
  • The Last Days of Henry Ford

Adam Garfein, Ph.D. 
Partner and Co-founder, Menawat & Co.
Co-author of Execution Dynamics and Profit Mapping

  • Execution Dynamics: Driving Cost and Operational Efficiency
  • Predictive Operational Analytics for EBITDA Improvement
  • Operational Transformation, Execution and Profit Improvement.

Note: Will tailor talk and title for specific audience.

Amol Gulve
Engineering Manager, Vehicle Engineering, Volvo Group North America LLC.

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Innovation in Automotive Design and Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Continuous Improvement in Product Development
  • Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  • Chassis and Vehicle Dynamics

Richard Job

  • Agricultural Equipment Technology; An Overview of the State-of-the-Art Agriculture Today
  • The Homologation Process of Preparing Machinery "for sale" in Europe; A synopsis of the overall process
  • International Standards Development Process; An insight Availability

Notes: Available to speak at 5-6 section meetings. Cannot be away for more than two consecutive days.

John Lindsay

  • My Steps in Developing the “Coaster” Telematics System for Smart Cities and Fleets
  • My Steps in Prototyping the “CarHop” V2V System for the SAE Conncted Vehicle Challenge

Dave McLellan

  • The C7 Corvette has redefined "Super Car."
  • Raising the Bar on the FIA 24 Hour World Endurance Record.

Equipment needs: Computer reading PowerPoint and a digital projector

Douglas Milliken
President, Milliken Research Associates Inc.
Topic: Data Vehicle Dynamics Modeling Presentation Requirements:

A $500 honorarium is also requested.

"LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth

Principal, LandSpeed Productions
Topic: Bonneville: A Century of Speed

Presentation requirements: As a freelancer, Noeth is not supported by a corporate budget, so reimbursement for travel related expenses is required (roundtrip airfare or mileage for driving, hotel, meals, etc.). A $500 honorarium is also requested.

Equipment needs: A slide projector with a zoom lens (autofocus on the remote control), screen, and if the audience is in excess of 75, a hand held, or lapel microphone Section must provide the projection system for the PowerPoint presentation. If video is desired, that equipment must also be supplied.

Availability: Limited availability in August and September, please contact early in the year to ensure availability.

Marna Renteria
Senior Technical Support Engineer I
Raytheon Technologies

  • Multilingual Topics in the Automotive Industry
  • The Importance of Standards Involvement

Larry Rinek
Principal Consultant
Rinek Consulting Services

  • The Controversial F-111 Fighter/Bomber Program: An Historical Perspective
  • The Evolution of Aircraft Flight Controls: An Historical Perspective
  • Boeing's Magnificent B-52 Stratofortress Bomber
  • Defects in Aircraft Design & Materials: Engineering Lessons Learned
  • Convair F-106 Delta Dart: The Ultimate Interceptor
  • USAF B-1 Lancer: The "Bone"
  • Evolution of Rotorcraft Technology: An Historical Perspective
  • The History and Technology of Flying Wings: How Did We Get To The B-2A Bomber?
  • Evolution of US Aircraft Jet Engine Technology: An Historical Perspective

Robert (Bob) Stearns
Founder and CEO, Enlightened Leadership International

  • Perhaps a Man Can Change the Stars!: How Engineers can lead Marketers; Executives; Customers to Thrive - You can do or be anything you want to do or be!
  • Encouraging Innovative Thinking and Action
  • Malcolm Baldrige Criteria For Performance Excellence

Peter B. Sunderland
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Keystone Professor
Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering ,University of Maryland
Topic: Fire Safety of Hydrogen Vehicles

Dr. Herman Tang
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI

  • Main vehicle assembly processes and operations
  • Vehicle assembly operations management
  • Continuous improvement of operational performance
  • Development of vehicle assembly systems
  • Process planning for vehicle assembly
  • Tooling development management for vehicle assembly

Frank M. Washko, Ph.D.
Director of Engineering Management/Assistant Professor, Saint Martin's University

  • Innovations in Modern Design Practice
  • Patent Primer for Engineers

Graham White

  • Unlimited Power
  • R-4360: Pratt & Whitney's Major Miracle
  • Schneider Trophy Contest

Mohamed Zaher
Engineering Leader, LHP Software Solutions
LHP Engineering Solutions
Pontiac, MI

  • Hybrid & Electrical Vehicles: What every automotive engineer needs to know.
  • Functional Safety: What ISO 26262 is about?
  • System Development Life Cycle: What you do not learn in school and should know.
  • Software Development in automotive industry: What you need to know coming out of school.
  • Model Based Design Software Development: Baseline of knowledge