L. C. Brinson
L. Catherine Brinson is currently the Jerome B. Cohen Professor of Engineering at Northwestern University and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department with a secondary appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1990 from Caltech, Dr. Brinson performed postdoctoral studies in Germany at the DLR and since 1992 she has been on the faculty at Northwestern University. Her primary research focus is on the modeling and characterization of advanced material systems, including polymers, nanocomposites and intelligent materials. Current research investigations involve characterization of nanoparticle reinforced polymers, the phase transformation response of shape memory alloys, nano and microscale response of bone, and investigation of microstructure effects on properties of microporous materials for bioengineering, where investigations span the range of molecular interactions, micromechanics and macroscale behavior. Dr. Brinson has received a number of awards, including a 2006 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2003 ASME Special Achievement Award for Young Investigators, and an NSF CAREER Award; she is a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering; she served as a member of the Defense Science Study Group (1998-99); and she just completed 2 terms on the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Academies. She has served as a member of three NRC committees and chaired the Committee on Benchmarking the Technology and Application of Lightweighting. She has given many invited technical lectures on her research and has authored one book and 100 refereed journal publications. She is a member of several professional societies and served 5 years on the Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors, including one year as President of the society. She has also been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.
Matt Fronk & Associates, LLC
Matt Fronk is President of Matt Fronk & Associates, LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience leading both research and product development teams in advanced technology, fuel cells and energy storage. He spent 20 years leading General Motors’ Fuel Cell Research and Development program in Honeoye Falls, New York (Monroe County). During his tenure at GM, development of these electrochemical devices advanced from lab-scale 50cm2 cells to 100 operating vehicles -- the largest of any OEM auto company. This involved advancement from research into product development and then execution for a large fleet build up. Matt also has extensive global supplier community experience. After GM, Matt served as Director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility at Rochester Institute of Technology and was instrumental in developing durability and life cycle analyses for new product design as they moved from concept to product. Matt is an expert consultant to the energy storage and fuel cell. He also participated in the development of the recently released New York Climate Action Plan draft as a contributor in the Transportation Segment.
David L. Greene
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
David L. Greene is a Senior Fellow of Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Previously, he was a Corporate Fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior Fellow of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy and a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee. He is an author of more than 250 publications on transportation, energy and related issues, including 100 refereed journal articles. He is an emeritus member of both the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the Transportation Research Board and a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He is currently a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels. He is a recipient of the TRB’s Pyke Johnson Award, the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2004 Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis, the Department of Energy’s 2007 Hydrogen R&D Award and 2011 Vehicle Technologies R&D Award, the International Association for Energy Economics’ Award for Outstanding Paper of 1999 for his research on the rebound effect, the Association of American Geographers’ 2011 Edward L. Ullman Award, and was recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for contributions to the IPCC’s receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Roland Hwang is the Transportation Program Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and works on sustainable transportation policies. He is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Hwang serves or has served on numerous advisory panels, including for the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, California Air Resources Board’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicles program, the California Hydrogen Highway Network Advisory Panel, the Automotive X Prize, and the Western Governors’ Association Transportation Fuels for the Future Initiative. Prior to joining the NRDC, he was the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ transportation program. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Air Resources Board as an air pollution engineer, and was involved in forecasting residential and industrial energy demand, hazardous waste incinerator permitting, and evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills. Mr. Hwang has an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Linos J. Jacovides
Michigan State University
Linos Jacovides (NAE) recently retired as director, Delphi Research Labs, a position he held from 1998 to 2007. Dr. Jacovides joined General Motors Research and Development in 1967 and became department head of electrical engineering in 1985. His areas of research were the interactions between power electronics and electrical machines in electric vehicles and locomotives. He later transitioned to Delphi with a group of researchers from GM to set up the Delphi Research Laboratories. He is a Fellow of both IEEE and SAE, he was President of the Industry Applications Society of IEEE in 1990. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and an M.S in machine theory from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1961 and 1962, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in generator control systems from the Imperial College, University of London, in 1965.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Therese Langer is the Transportation Program Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in Washington D.C. She supervises a program that analyzes and promotes strategies to reduce energy consumption in the U.S. transportation sector while protecting the environment and strengthening the economy. Her current activities include: analysis and advocacy in support of stronger fuel economy policies for light- and heavy-duty vehicles; assessment of opportunities to reduce transportation carbon emissions at the state level; improvements to consumer information on environmentally preferable vehicles; and development of an approach to stabilizing transportation energy use that integrates technological and demand reduction strategies. Dr. Langer provides guidance and analytical support on transportation energy policy issues to environmental groups, congressional offices, and agencies.
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
Rebecca Lindland is a private consultant. She was formerly the Director of Research for IHS Automotive where she was responsible for evaluating and assessing OEMs that participate in the U.S. and Canada marketplaces. She has a particular interest in how manufacturers’ decisions reflect consumer values. As a member of IHS Automotive, Rebecca was frequently quoted in the media, including The New York Times, Business Week, Reuters, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio, for her coverage of new product launches and the balance sheet conditions of manufacturers and brands. Prior to her work at HIS, Rebecca worked at AlliedSignal in Rumford, Rhode Island, where she forecasted products such as Bendix brakes. A life-long automotive enthusiast, she began her career as a staff accountant with Mercedes-Benz Credit Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut. Lindland holds a double major in accounting and business administration from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. She is a former board member of the Society of Automotive Analysts, the International Motor Press Association, Motor Press Guild, and was accepted into Strathmore's 2001 Who's Who in American Business.
Resources for the Future
Virginia McConnell is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in the Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP). She is also Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her recent work has focused on the evaluation of policies to reduce motor vehicle energy use and emissions, particularly on the role of pricing and other incentive-based policies. She recently completed a study on hybrid vehicles and the effectiveness of policies designed to increase the share of hybrids and electric vehicles in the U.S. fleet; this was part of a larger effort at RFF to assess a range of transportation and other policies to reduce oil use and greenhouse has emissions in the U.S. by 2030. She was co-editor of the 2007 book, Controlling Vehicle Pollution, and has published on a range of transportation policy issues. In addition, she has served on a number of EPA, and state advisory committees related to transportation, energy use and air quality. She has been a member of several NRC panels in recent years, including current membership on the Committee on the Potential for Light-Duty Vehicle Technologies 2010-2050, the Committee on State Practices in Setting Mobile Source Emissions Standards, and the Committee for a Study of Potential Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Transportation. Dr. McConnell received a B.S. degree in economics from Smith College and a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
David F. Merrion
Merrion Expert Consulting, LLC
David F. Merrion is the CEO of Merrion Expert Consulting, LLC. He is the retired executive vice president of engineering for Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC), a Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary. His positions at DDC included staff engineer, Emissions and Combustion; staff engineer, Research and Development; chief engineer, Applications; director, diesel engineering; general director, Engineering (Engines and Transmissions); and senior vice president, Engineering. Mr. Merrion has extensive expertise in the research, development, and manufacturing of advanced diesel engines, including alternative-fueled engines. He is a Society of Automotive Engineers fellow and American Society of Mechanical Engineers fellow. He served as president of the Engine Manufacturers Association, a member of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mobile Sources Technical Advisory Committee, a member of the Coordinating Research Council; and a member of the U.S. Alternate Fuels Council. He has served on a number of National Research Council committees including the Standing Committee to Review the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles; the Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, Phase 1; and the Committee to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. He has a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and a masters of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CSJ Schmitz-Justen & Company
Clemens Schmitz-Justen is founder and head of strategic consulting at CSJ Schmitz-Justen & Company. Concurrently with this appointment, he was Director of International Programs in the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University from 2008-2010. He is the former president of BMW Manufacturing LLC in Spartanburg, from 2004-2008, where according to the Automotive News he “led a major update of the company’s manufacturing operations in Spartanburg, S.C.” During Schmitz-Justen's term of executive leadership at BMW, the Spartanburg plant built its one-millionth vehicle in the U.S., underwent a multi-million dollar expansion, began using landfill methane gas to run the paint shop and added another generation of the popular X5 Sports Activity Vehicle to its line. He joined BMW in 1991 and served in a variety of senior management assignments within the company, such as Head of Painted Body Division, Research and Innovation Centre of BMW Group. Prior to that, Dr. Schmitz-Justen worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT from 1981 until 1991, where he also earned his doctorate in 1986 and served as managing chief engineer. Schmitz-Justen is an honorary adjunct professor at Chemnitz Technical University in Germany. He earned the equivalent of a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering in 1981 and a doctorate degree in manufacturing engineering in 1986 from Aachen Technical University in Aachen, Germany.
University of Michigan
Anna G. Stefanopoulou is the Director of the Automotive Research Center at the University of Michigan. Her current work addresses the control and automation issues associated with fuel cells, fuel processing, and internal combustion engines. She obtained her Diploma (1991, Nat. Tech. Univ. of Athens, Greece) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and her Ph.D. (1996, University of Michigan) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After completing her degree, she worked as a technical specialist at Ford Motor Company (1996-1997), where she developed nonlinear and multivariable models and controllers for advanced engines; her algorithms were implemented and tested in experimental vehicles. Following her work at Ford, she became an assistant professor (1998-2000) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and later a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and a visiting professor (2006) at ETH, Zurich. She is an ASME Fellow (08), and an IEEE Fellow (09), a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Board of Governors, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, and an Associate Editor on the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurements and Control. She was Chair (2001-1999) and Co-Chair (1999-1997) of the Transportation Panel in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in the Dynamics, Systems, and Control Division (DCSD). She is a recipient of the 2009 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, a 2008 Univ. of Michigan Faculty Recognition award, the 2005 Outstanding Young Investigator by the ASME DSC division, a 2005 Henry Russel award, a 2002 Ralph Teetor SAE educational award, a 1997 NSF CAREER award and selected as one of the 2002 world’s most promising innovators from the MIT Technology Review. She has a book on Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems, nine US patents, 4 best paper awards and 120 publications.
Wallace R. Wade
Ford Motor Company [Retired]
Wallace R. Wade (NAE) was chief engineer and technical fellow, Powertrain Systems Technology and Processes, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, where he served for 32 years prior to his retirement. He was responsible for the development, application, and certification of emission and powertrain control system technologies for all Ford Motor Company’s North American vehicles. His technical responsibilities have included low emission technologies for internal combustion engines; analytical and laboratory based powertrain calibration with objective measures of driveability, the first domestic production OBD II (On-Board Diagnostic) system; technology for diesel particulate filters (DPF) with active regeneration; electronic control systems for gasoline and diesel engines; low heat rejection and low friction, direct injection diesel engines; and an ultra low emission, gas turbine combustion system. Today he is a consultant to industry and government. Mr. Wade was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 for implementation of low-emission technologies in the automotive industry. He is a fellow member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received the Henry Ford Technology Award and has been recognized as a Distinguished Corporate Inventor by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He has received five SAE Arch T. Colwell Awards and the SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award. He has received 26 patents related to improvements in powertrains and has written 25 published technical papers on powertrain research and development. He has an M.S.M.E. degree from the University of Michigan, and a B.M.E. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in Mechanical Engineering.
William H. Walsh, Jr.
William H. Walsh, Jr. is an automobile safety consultant. He consults on vehicle safety activities with several technology companies to speed the introduction of advanced life-saving technology into the automobile fleet as well as substantive involvement in corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rulemakings. He held several positions at the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) including Senior Associate Administrator for Policy and Operations; Associate Administrator for Plans and Policy; Director, National Center for Statistics and Analysis; Director, Office of Budget, Planning and Policy; and Science Advisor to the Administrator of NHTSA. He also held the position of Supervisory General Engineer at the DOE’s Appliance Efficiency Program. His expertise covers all aspects of vehicle safety performance; cost/benefit analyses; strategic planning; statistics analyses and modeling; and policy formulation. He serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Occupant Protection Committee and is currently serving on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Potential for Light-Duty Vehicle Technologies 2010-2050. He has a B.S. in aerospace engineering, University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in system engineering, George Washington University.