The annual Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress next week will feature seven panel discussions on topics such as innovation, safety and energy at the AVL Technology Theater inside Detroit's Cobo Center.
Panels feature some of industry's top executives
Opening remarks by Burkhard Goeschel, member, board of management, BMW AG; Richard Schaum, SAE automotive vice president; and Helmut List, CEO, AVL List GmbH
Topic: Innovation in the Automotive Industry - An Extended Session Covering Managing Innovation and Driving Innovation with Research
Panelists: Jose Maria Alapont, CEO, Federal-Mogul Corp.; Hirohide Ikeno, president, Honda R&D Americas Inc.; William Kozyra, CEO, Continental Teves North America; Jeffery Makarewicz, general manager, materials research department, Toyota Technical Center U.S.A. Inc.; Donald Manvel, CEO, AVL North America Inc.; and Frank Niederlaender, vice president, strategy and initialization, new vehicle projects, BMW Group
Topic: The Quest for Manufacturing Success in the U.S. Panelists will give brief presentations regarding selection and construction processes for new manufacturing facilities, as well as establishing the purchasing power to support them.
Keynote speaker: Clemens Schmitz-Justen, president, BMW Manufacturing Corp.
Panelists: Norm Bafunno, senior vice president, manufacturing and administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America; Klaus Blickle, president, EDAG Engineering & Design Inc.; Robert DePierre, president, Benteler North America; Mark Hamlin, president, Reserve Group; Klaus Richter, senior vice president, materials purchasing, BMW Group; and Clemens Schmitz-Justen
Topic: Diesel, Gas or Hybrid - Innovation for Tomorrow and Beyond. The session explores the future of gasoline, diesel and hybrid systems and the options major car companies have with propulsion systems fueled primarily by hydrocarbon-based fuels.
Keynote speaker: Klaus Borgmann, director, powertrain development, BMW Group
Panelists: Chris Cowland, technical director, AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc.; David Hermance, executive engineer, advanced technology vehicles, Toyota Technical Center U.S.A.; John Moulton, president, powertrain division, Robert Bosch Corp.; Margo Oge, director, office of transportation and air quality, EPA; and Yasuyuki Sando, senior manager, advance powertrain research division, Honda R&D
Topic: What Will be the Future Transportation Energy Sources - and at What Cost? Panelists will discuss rising energy prices and the increased demand for transportation energy.
Keynote speaker: Joseph Desmond, chairman, California Energy Commission
Panelists: David Baldwin, senior vice president, energy group, General Atomics; Raymond Corbin, president, AVL Powertrain Engineering; Christoph Huss, senior vice president, science and traffic policy, BMW Group; Lawrence Russo, technology coordinator, biomass program, U.S. Department of Energy; Andreas Schamel, director, powertrain research and advanced engineering, Ford Motor Co.; and Wolfgang Warnecke, business group manager for fuels, Shell Global Solutions GmbH
Topic: Safer Cars Through Crash Avoidance - New Solutions. This session will focus on safety concerns regarding vehicle accidents, as well the next generation in safety features and drivers' reaction to them.
Keynote speaker: Robert Yakushi, director, product safety and regulatory affairs, Nissan North America Inc.
Panelists: Thomas Baloga, general manager, safety engineering & ITS, BMW of North America; Seigo Kuzumaki, project general manager, vehicle safety, Toyota Motor Corp.; Priya Prasad, technical fellow, safety research, Ford Motor Co.; Charles Shalvoy, CEO, Canesta Inc.; and Tomiji Sugimoto, vice president, Honda R&D Americas
Topic: New Applications for Vehicle Electronics and Telecommunications - Cutting Costs and Improving Customer Satisfaction. International and domestic automakers and suppliers will discuss innovation, as well as cost and quality.
Keynote speaker: Helmut Schinagel, executive vice president, interior and driver environment, BMW Group
Panelists: Chris Cook, general manager, peripheral electronics, AAMP of America; Jason Forcier, president, ETAS Inc.; Jack Little, CEO, Math Works; Kieran O'Sullivan, general manager, Motorola Automotive; and David Robinson, president, electrical and electronics division, Robert Bosch GmbH
Topic: Nano and Micro Technology, and MEMS - Redefining the Car of Tomorrow, Myth vs. Reality. This session will explore technologies already in production, as well as those of the future.
Keynote speaker: Manish Mehta, director, collaborative programs, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Panelists: Daniel Rardon, senior scientist and manager, nano initiatives, PPG Industries; Gerhard Schneider, executive vice president, Research and Technology Center North America, Robert Bosch Corp.; and Rudolf Stauber, vice president, materials development, BMW Group
Keynote speaker: Samuel Bodman, U.S. secretary of energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
Topic: Current energy issues
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