As President of E-Mobility and Chassis Mechatronics Region Americas, he is responsible for the development and manufacturing of electric drives in North America. This includes P2 hybrid modules and electric axles, two of Schaeffler’s leading E-Mobility technologies.
Patrick has more than 82 Patents and holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Siegen in Germany.
Prof. Anna Stefanopoulou, is the William Clay Ford Professor of Technology at the University of Michigan. She was an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a visiting professor at ETH, Zurich, and a technical specialist at Ford. She earned her diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (91, NTUA, Athens), her PhD in Electrical Engineering (96, UMICH, Ann Arbor). She is a Fellow of the ASME (08), IEEE (09), and SAE (18) and has received multiple awards from these technical societies. She has one book, 21 US patents, 400 publications (7 of which have received awards) on estimation and multivariable control of engines, fuel cells, and batteries.
Peter Kuechler is currently Ford’s Senior Technical Leader for Global Propulsive Systems Engineering. With 30 years of experience in powertrain calibration, the last 15 years leading drivability, Peter has been involved with all aspects of new powertrain technology development at Ford including the latest transition to Electrification.
Gary Parker serves as Technology & Planning Director in the Cummins New Power business unit which pioneers and manufactures emerging and cutting-edge alternative power technologies. In this role, Gary is responsible for developing and advancing New Power initiatives in the markets that Cummins serves. These initiatives include the movement of research and technology towards product commercialization. Gary also builds capabilities focusing on people, capital, business integration, and product. Gary brings over 25 years of experience with Cummins and has served in a variety of technical leadership roles in the electrification space for the last 12 years. This has included leading path to zero and zero emissions innovation, developing essential intellectual property, delivering Cummins first battery electric vehicle demonstration, and sponsoring 400+ Cummins employees in university accredited battery technology training. Gary has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University with a focus on Systems and Controls and a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He also serves on the Greater Indiana Clean Cities board of directors, the Ohio State Center of Automotive Research External Advisory board, and his local Church Elder board. Gary is passionate about Cummins vision for positive change for our planet and our future generations.
Professor Greg Shaver’s research program is dedicated to clean, safe, and efficient commercial vehicles – via advanced diesel, biofuel & natural gas engine systems/controls/electrification, powertrain electrification, and vehicle automation/connectivity. Greg's students have published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Greg has directed the research efforts of more than 140 current/former Purdue students (64 graduate, 81 undergraduate). Of his 50 former graduate students (20 PhD, 30 MSME) one-fourth are women, more than half are now working at industry partner companies, and two are tenure-track faculty (1 assistant, 1 associate). Greg was named a Fellow of SAE and ASME in 2021 and 2020, respectively. Purdue University named him a University Faculty Scholar and the Early Career Excellence in Research Awardee in 2014, the 2016 Spira Awardee for Fostering Excellence in Commercial or Defense Product Realization, and the Faculty Excellence Awardee for Impact on Industry and the Discovery in Mechanical Engineering awardee in 2022. He was also elected to the Purdue University Innovator Hall of Fame in 2014. Prof. Shaver has received more than $20M in research funding from sources including ARPA-E, DOE, Cummins, Deere, Eaton, NSF, EPA, Allison and Caterpillar, pointing to broad support from both industry and government. Greg earned graduate (PhD 2005, MSME 2004) and undergraduate (BSME 2000 w/ highest distinction) degrees from Stanford and Purdue, respectively. His research is currently funded by DOE, Cummins, Eaton, Deere, ONR, and Allison.
My main research interests are modeling, simulation and control of vehicle propulsion system where I have a special interest in issues related internal combustion engines and vehicle powertrains.
Lars Nielsen received his M.Sc. in engineering physics in 1979 and his Ph.D. degree in automatic control in 1985, both from Lund University.
He has taught at Linköping University since 1992, where he was appointed Sten Gustafsson chair in vehicular systems. Nielsen was the 2013 recipient of the Håkan Frisinger Award, a prize of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations
Professor Nielsen’s main research interests are in automotive modeling, control, and diagnosis.
A research and technology manager with solid background in control, machine learning and AI and experience in control software and digital features development and rapid prototyping. In my current position at Cummins Research and Technology, I initiate, lead and execute new product development projects in the areas of connectivity, automation and energy systems. I have been the Principal Investigator of 2 publicly announced projects funded by the Department of Energy and Cummins with $8M awarded grant. I lead the next generation control, machine learning and AI digital features roadmap at Cummins to enable resilient and efficient path to decarbonization of the commercial vehicles and freight operation with electrification, V2X connectivity and automation. I have more than 15 years of digital product development and technical project leadership in industry and academia. I have both deep technical knowledge in the area of control systems (optimal control, MPC, optimization, system identification), machine learning and AI (virtual sensors, digital twin, deep learning, reinforcement learning) and experience in leading multi-functional and multi-organization teams in research and product development.
Dr. Chen-Fang Chang is currently the Lab Group Manager of the Propulsion Controls Group at GM Global R&D. Since joining GM in 1994, he has worked on cylinder-pressure-based engine controls, model-based diesel controls, HCCI engine controls, “InfoRich” propulsion controls, and, most recently, electrification controls and AI-enhanced controls. Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He holds more than 70 US patents and has numerous technical publications. He is the recipient of 2013 ASME Rudolf Kalman Award, 2001 SAE Arch T. Coldwell Merit Award, and 2008 GM Chairman’s Honors Award.
Dave Schaller is the Industry Engagement Director for the NACFE. His responsibilities include interfacing with fleets and suppliers, writing reports, conducting workshops, giving presentations and running social media groups. Dave works closely with the drivers, fleets and sponsors for the Run on Less demonstrations. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the Purdue University and an MBA from Ball State University.
As a Navistar employee for 27 years, he held positions in production design, research, program management, dealer sales training, marketing, product line management, and strategic product planning. A marketing role allowed Dave to spend many days in truck stops, fleet offices and dealerships in five countries learning about what the industry desired and why. Dave holds five US patents, has written several SAE papers and numerous NACFE publications.
I am the Technical Lead at the Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) simulation team at Motional's Validation and Acceptance Testing group. I lead the technical activities involving use of SIL testing for Safety Validation of SAE Level 4 Automated Driving Systems (ADS). My core responsibilities include conceptualizing ideas to use the stat-of-the-art in AV simulation technologies to test various elements of autonomy such as perception, prediction, planning, control. I work with a team of brilliant engineers, managers and simulation tool vendors to implement these concepts and generate technical reports.