North American International Powertrain Conference

September 12-14, 2018 │ Chicago, IL, USA

The 2018 North American International Powertrain Conference (NAIPC) is an INVITATION-ONLY event planned by the Executive Leadership Team of your peers comprising the most senior level powertrain executives in the automotive industry. At NAIPC, you’ll gain access to a stimulating and unparalleled technical program—developed by industry leaders, for industry leaders—as well as a unique opportunity to network with your peer executives from OEM and supplier companies.

Only at NAIPC can powertrain leaders hear presentations not published or discussed in any other forum. All speakers and topics are peer-selected, with the goal of addressing not only the most pertinent and current powertrain issues, but also future challenges such as:

  • Powertrain technology
  • Transition from ICEs to EVs
  • Hybridization
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Ride-sharing services
  • Energy sources

Join SAE International to participate in the discussion, gain vital insights, and develop your strategies for success.

Featured Speakers

Wednesday Keynote

Bob Lutz

Former Vice Chairman, General Motors

Bob Lutz has enjoyed a robust 50-year tenure in the automotive industry, leaving an indelible mark on all three of the big U.S. automakers. Most recently, Lutz retired as Vice Chairman at General Motors, where he was noted for reinvigorating its vehicle lineup—leading the renaissance of fresh, bold designs and performance engineering in U.S. cars. Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "Car Guys vs. Bean Counters." Car Guys was chosen for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of 2011 long list. His latest book, "Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership," is a management manifesto, chronicling colleagues that made the strongest impression on him throughout his career. Additionally, Lutz is a contributing writer to Forbes and Road & Track. At NAIPC 2018, Lutz will speak to the disruptors facing the automotive industry with a specific emphasis on powertrain.


Don Hillebrand, Ph.D.

Director–Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Don Hillebrand is the Director of Argonne’s Energy Systems Division.  In this role, he is responsible for leading a team of more than 300 engineers and scientists who are actively seeking to develop sustainable innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization; to minimize our dependence on imported energy; and to enhance our national competitiveness. Prior to joining Argonne in 2004, Hillebrand worked for Daimler Research in Stuttgart, Germany. While there, he was responsible for Daimler’s research and technology liaison with the European Commission in Brussels, and interacting with European research organizations and business groups and leading integrated government industry research programs. Hillebrand has two patents and is the author of over a hundred publications and invited seminar presentations. 


Mitch Bainwol

President and C.E.O., Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Mitch Bainwol is President and C.E.O. of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the leading trade association representing automakers who sell new vehicles in the United States. The Auto Alliance represents 12 iconic automakers on a range of safety, environmental, and technology issues before Congress and state legislatures. Since coming to Auto Alliance in September 2011, Bainwol has given consumers a larger voice in auto policy through development of the Alliance Auto Index, a national public opinion survey reaching nearly 60,000 people annually to provide insights into consumer attitudes about auto-related issues. Bainwol is widely recognized for his campaign capabilities and knowledge of government processes. He spent 25 years in federal policymaking and politics, including serving as chief of staff to two U.S. Senators and two political committees.

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NAIPC 2018 Executive Leadership Team

Frank Abkenar

Director, Global Engine Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Chris Cowland

Director of Advanced and SRT Powertrain

David Filipe

Vice President, Ford Global Powertrain Engineering

Charlie Freese

Executive Director of the Global HYDROTEC Fuel Cell Business, BEV2 Programs, Innovation & Defense Product Execution

Darren Gosbee

Vice President–Powertrain and Advanced Technology, Navistar Corp.

Denise Gray

Head of External Affairs and Government Relations, North America LG Energy Solution Michigan Inc.

Jeff Hemphill

Chief Technical Officer, Americas
Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.

Jeremy Holt

Means Industries Inc.

Kenneth Howden

Director, 21st Century Truck Partnership
U.S. Department of Energy

Patrick Hupperich

President and CEO, FEV North America Inc.

Neville Jackson

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Ricardo plc

Sujit Jain

President–Powertrain Solutions North America, Passenger Cars & Electric Vehicles; Robert Bosch LLC

John Juriga

Director, North American Powertrain
Hyundai/Kia America Technical Center Inc.

Dimitri Kazarinoff

President, AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.

Bob Lee

Vice President and Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA North America

Richard Madden

Engineering Senior Manager, Nissan North America

Masaki Matsuura

President, Aisin Technical Center U.S.A., Inc.

Dan Nicholson

Vice President of Strategic Technology Initiatives, General Motors LLC

Doug Patton

Sr. Technical Advisor, DENSO International America Inc.

David Porreca

Director, Automotive Business
SAE International

Gary Rogers

Vice President, Advanced Technology
Roush Industries Inc.

Ben Schlimme

Powertrain Executive Program Manager, Powertrain Planning & Research, Corporate Strategy & Planning
Toyota Motor North America Inc.

Dietrich Sneideraitis

Senior Sales Manager, Powertrain Systems
BMW North America

Wolfgang Warnecke

Chief Scientist Mobility and Director
Shell Global Solutions

Kregg Wiggins

Senior Vice President, Powertrain
Continental North America