US EPA To Deliver Keynote Address At Fuel Economy Detroit

US EPA To Deliver Keynote Address At Fuel Economy Detroit Event

The Automotive Megatrends event will once again focus on developments in fuel efficiency and lightweighting essential for the cars of the future.

Fuel Economy Detroit returns to Michigan in March, with the Automotive Megatrends event once again focusing on the developments in fuel efficiency and lightweighting essential for the cars of the future.

Featuring 200-plus delegates and 20 high-level speakers, the organizers of Fuel Economy Detroit say the event is the perfect opportunity to network with industry peers, hear presentations from leading industry stakeholders and join the debate shaping the cars and car industry of tomorrow.

Bill Charmley of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will open Fuel Economy Detroit with the morning keynote address. As director, assessment and standards division in the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Charmley will provide fascinating insight into the regulatory environment facing vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

The morning panel discussion will take a look into the future of engines, propulsion and emissions, with OEMs and suppliers sharing the stage to debate “Powertrain technology – the next 10 years.” The panel will feature:

  • Geoff Duff, director, applications engineering – North America, Honeywell
  • John Juriga, director, powertrain, Hyundai – Kia Technical Center
  • Paul Nahra, director of Advance Engine Group, BorgWarner
  • Ben Schlimme, executive project manager of advanced planning and research – Powertrain (APR), Toyota Technical Center
  • Matti Vint, engineering R&D director, powertrain systems, Valeo North America

For 2017, a second panel discussion has been added to this year’s event. This year’s topic, “Improving fuel economy through lightweighting,” will be debated by:

  • Duane Bendzinski, global director of technology, Automotive, Novelis
  • George Luckey, technical expert and group leader, Stamping and Aluminum Technology, Ford Motor Co.
  • Sandra Walker, engineering group manager – Global Vehicle Mass Integration & Strategy and Global CO2 Strategy/Energy/Mass/Aero, General Motors
  • Blake Zuidema, director, automotive product application, ArcelorMittal

The one-day event also will include presentations from:

  • Rod Beazley, senior technical director, engine engineering, Westport Fuel Systems
  • Paul Eichenberg, managing director, Paul Eichenberg Strategic Consulting
  • Mike Lynskey, technology director, BP
  • David McShane, vice president, business development, Ricardo
  • Alexander Nase, managing director, FEV Consulting
  • Doug Patton, senior vice president, engineering division, DENSO
  • Paul Whitaker, powertrain and technical director, AVL
  • Steven Sherman, fuel economy development engineer, Hyundai Kia Technical Center
  • Gert-Jan Vogelaar, strategic marketing director, Punch Powertrain

For more information and to obtain tickets for the conference, click here.

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