To attract more attention to the exposition hall and promote discussion of technical topics, SAE has scheduled a series of panel discussions and speeches at its technology theater during the SAE World Congress. Each day has a specific focus. A list of selected presentations follows.
Focus: Advanced electronics
Introduction and session on engineering vehicle systems for 2010.
Speakers: Rich Schaum, executive vice president for product development at the Chrysler group; Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit; James Padilla, president of North America for Ford Motor Co.
Panel discussion on balancing the short product-development cycles of electronics with the longer development cycles of automobiles.
Panelists: Moderator Bernard Robertson, senior vice president for engineering technologies and regulatory affairs for the Chrysler group; Doug Patton, senior vice president for the customer support division of Denso International America Inc.; Kregg Wiggins, vice president of powertrain systems at Siemens VDO Automotive; Jacqui Dedo, general manager for Motorola Automotive; Herbert Hanselmann, CEO of dSPACE.
11: 30 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Hans-Georg Frischkorn, senior vice president for engineering - electronics at BMW AG. Topic: "Advanced electronics: Evolution vs. revolution."
Keynote speaker: Phil Martens, vice president for vehicle programs and processes at Ford Motor Co.
Panel discussion on drive-by-wire technology.
Panelists: Moderator Wilfried Achenbach, director of active chassis controls and electrical/electronic architecture for the Chrysler group; Rainer Kallenbach, general manager of Asset Bosch Group at Robert Bosch Corp.; Charles Heine, president of technology development and diversified products at Dana Corp; Craig Stephens, manager of powertrain controls research and advanced engineering at Ford Motor Co.; Don Winter, director of network centric operations at Boeing Phantom Works.
Panel discussion on profit for automakers and suppliers.
Panelists: Moderator Ron Harbour, president of Harbour & Associates; Don Runkle, vice chairman of enterprise technologies at Delphi Corp.; Mike Laisure, president of engine and fluid management group at Dana Corp.; Robert Buckler, president of DTE Energy Distribution; James Orchard, president of North America and Asia at Visteon Corp.; George Perry, president of Yazaki North America Inc.; Alan Shaffer, vice president of sales and marketing at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.
Tuesday, March 4
Focus: Advanced propulsion and powertrain
Panel discussion on potential and roadblocks for diesel engines in the United States.
Panelists: Moderator David Merrion, retired executive vice president for engineering at Detroit Diesel Corp.; Tom Cackette, chief deputy executive officer at California Air Resources Board; John Wall, chief technical officer for Cummins Inc.; Kevin DeHart, vice president of diesel fuel systems at Robert Bosch; Brian FitzGerald, director of North America diesel systems for Siemens VDO Automotive.
Keynote speaker: Ned McClurg, general manager for powertrain engineering at General Motors. Topic: "Standing on the brink of change: The future of automotive powerplants."
Keynote speaker: Gen. Paul Kern, commanding general, U.S. Army materiel command. Topic: "The future of military ground propulsion."
Panel discussion on the future of gasoline engines.
Panelists: Moderator Craig Marks, chairman of Altarum; Franz Pischinger, president of FEB Motorentechnik GmbH; Takehisa Yaegashi, senior general manager of the powertrain planning department at Toyota Motor Corp; Daniel Kapp, chief engineer of powertrain operations at Ford Motor Co.
Panel discussion on fuel cell initiatives.
Panelists: Moderator Spencer Abraham, U.S. secretary of energy (invited); Tom Cackette, chief deputy executive officer of the California Air Resources Board; Murray Davis, chief technology officer at DTE Energy; Steve Arwood, COO of NextEnergy; Bruce Johnson, director of the Ohio Department of Development; Peter Prenninger, head of research and innovation at AVL List GmbH.
Panel discussion on 42-volt electrical systems and fuel cells.
Panelists: Moderator Norman Traub, director of 42-volt initiatives at SAE; Chris Borroni-Bird, director of design and technology fusion at GM; Jean Botti, chief technologist for Delphi Corp.; Michael Gorman, director of transportation programs at UTC Fuel Cells; Tom Moore, vice president for Liberty and Technical Affairs at the Chrysler group.
Wednesday, March 5
Focus: Environment, emissions and sustainable development
Keynote speaker: Helmut List, CEO of AVL GmbH. Topic: "The car at the center of sustainable mobility: Can it be done?"
Panel discussion on the challenge of sustainable development.
Panelists: Moderator David Cole, president of Altarum; Susan Cischke, vice president for environmental and safety engineering for Ford Motor Co.; Thomas Gottschalk, general counsel at GM; Gary Mayo, global director of environmental affairs for Visteon Corp.; Bernard Robertson, senior vice president for engineering technologies and regulatory affairs for the Chrysler group; William Hsu, vice president of global technology and Americas region at DuPont Automotive.
Keynote speaker: George Hamilton, vice president of automotive materials at Dow Automotive. Topic: "The challenge of managing sustainability development."
Business panel on Mexico.
Panelists: Moderator Eduardo Paredes, vice president for sales at Gleason SA de CV; Raul Arguelles, senior executive vice president of Mexican Bank for Foreign Trade; Rocio Ruiz, undersecretary of industrial and commercial competitiveness at the Mexico Secretariat of the Economy; Ricardo Vidal, president of Clevite de Mexico SA de CV; Luis Alvarez, CEO of Mecanismos Automotrices SA de CV.
Business panel on Canada.
Panelists: Moderator Erech Morrison, senior automotive development officer for Industry Canada; Gerald Fedchun, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (Canada); John Mann, director of engineering at DaimlerChrysler Canada; John Tennant, CEO of Canada's Technology Triangle; Karl Richter, CEO of Schukra Group, Leggett & Platte Automotive; James Miller, senior vice president for corporate affairs at Honda Canada Inc.
Spotlight panel on Russia.
Panelists: Moderator Klaus Blickle, chief technology officer and president of total vehicle integration at ASC Inc.; Albert Warner, international trade administration director in the Motor Vehicle Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Simonetta Verdi, manager of international strategy and trade at Ford Motor Co.; Iouri Mikheev, general director of the Volga Department of the Russian Engineering Academy; Lova Khoram, consultant and retired GM vice president for trade; David Herman, former president of GM Russia.
Thursday, March 6
Focus: Lightweight materials, safety and testing
Panel discussion on making vehicles lighter and safer.
Panelists: Moderator Don Goodwin, vice president of scientific labs and proving grounds at DaimlerChrysler; Tom Moore, vice president of Liberty and Technical Affairs for the Chrysler group; Charles Wu, director of manufacturing and vehicle design research lab at Ford Motor Co.; Steve Denner, vice president for research and technology at National Steel; Eric Winter, president of Alcoa Automotive Engineering; R.M. Gross, director of r&d at Dow Chemical Co.; Alan Taub, executive director of science at GM; Len Miller, general manager of Meridian Global Technology Centre.
Panel discussion on the impact of new electronics technology on vehicle design and safety.
Panelists: Moderator Mark Chernoby, director of NVH & energy management at DaimlerChrysler; David Robinson, president of electrical and electronics division of Bosch Automotive Group; Josef Pickenhahn, vice president of brake engineering and chassis systems at TRW Automotive; Bruce Wrenbeck, North American director of safety electronics and restraint systems, chassis and car body division of Siemens VDO Automotive; Craig Naylor, group vice president of DuPont Performance Materials; William Kozyra, president of Continental Teves North America.
Keynote speaker: John Plant, president of TRW Automotive. Topic: "The safety revolution - as safe as possible."
Panel discussion on managing driver distraction.
Panelists: Moderator Barry Kantowitz, director of Transportation Research Institute; Kit Green, executive director of the transportation imaging laboratory at Wayne State University School of Medicine; James Geschke, general manager of electronic business at Johnson Controls Inc.; Charles Eger, director of office of driver safety at Motorola Inc.; Richard Lind, director of advanced engineering at Delphi Delco Electronics Systems; Joseph Kannianthra, associate administrator for applied research at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.