Sections Speaker Series

The SAE Local Section Speaker Series brings preeminent mobility industry leaders to SAE Local Sections. These nationally recognized mobility experts offer Section Members and the broader mobility community insightful perspectives on a range of industry topics and share their career journeys including how they got to where they are today.


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.

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