AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Engineering vets join green team for congress

Wright: Battery development
Dean Harlow, president of Ricardo Inc.; Byron McCormick, executive director of General Motors fuel cell activities; and Mary Ann Wright, CEO of Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions, have joined the faculty of the 2008 Automotive News World Congress.

The three veteran engineers will be part of a group discussing environmental issues and future technologies. The panel meets Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22.

As CEO of Johnson Controls' joint venture with Saft, Wright guides development of lithium ion battery packs for hybrid and pure electric vehicles.

An industry veteran in gasoline-electric hybrid technology, Wright led the team that brought the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid to market.

McCormick: Fuel cell expertise
McCormick brings 10 years of experience as the chief of GM's fuel cell program to the panel. McCormick also was managing director of Delco Propulsion Systems and led fuel cell r&d in the electronics division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1975 to 1986.
Harlow: Emphasis on environment
As Ricardo's CEO, Harlow responded to increasing demand for green technology this year by expanding his company's technical work force dedicated to fuel economy by 12 percent to more than 400 employees.

Before being named to lead the U.S. operations of United Kingdom-based Ricardo PLC, Harlow spent 20 years at GM, where he most recently led GM's first global hybrid program as director of global planning for GM Powertrain.

Key facts
What: Automotive News World Congress
When: Jan. 21-24
Where: Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center
Cost: $1,395 early registration fee by Nov. 30. Daily fee $975.
For information: 866-374-6227 (U.S. only) or 734-929-0498, autonews.com/worldcongress
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