CAR Industry Briefings

CAR Industry Briefings are is designed to educate auto industry participants, the media and the general public on emerging critical industry challenges. Industry, government, and academic experts, along with CAR researchers, share their insight and knowledge to further understanding of some of the industry’s most complicated issues.

Attendees will receive value from the session’s content, as well as the connections and discussions during the networking breaks.

Previous Industry Briefings

Cross-Border Collaboration: Driving Regional Competitiveness in Advanced Mobility

This CAR Industry Briefing provided a forum for organizations leading the way to next-generation automotive and mobility technologies to present their latest developments and shed light on transportation of the future.

Speakers:

Thomas Bloor
Senior Manager, Global Business Development
QNX Software Systems

Hideki Hada
Executive Engineer, Active Safety
Electronics Systems Division
Toyota Technical Center
Toyota Motor North America
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Ross McKenzie
Managing Director
University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)
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Kirk Steudle
Director
Michigan Department of Transportation
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Moderator:

Richard Wallace
Director, Transportation Systems Analysis
Center for Automotive Research

Pathways to Engage K-12 Students in the Auto Industry

This CAR Industry Briefing highlighted important lessons that can be learned from the interactions between K-12 STEM programs and their automotive industry sponsors with an emphasis on what works, and what is the benefit of involvement from industry’s perspective. Speakers shared their insights on how these programs help improve the broader educational and talent communities, and also identified how these programs can become more engaged with the automotive industry and be integrated into more schools across the state.

Speakers:

Ronda Alexander
Program Manager, STEM Initiatives, Ford Next Generation Learning
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Douglas E. Patton
Executive Vice President, Engineering Division, Chief Technical Officer, DENSO
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Frank Norton III
Project Lead the Way
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Jason D. Lee
Executive Director, DAPCEP

Daphne V. Harris
Manager, Civic and Community Relations, FCA

Keysha Camps
Assistant Program Engineering Manager, Full Size Trucks, General Motors

Gail Alpert
President, FIRST in Michigan
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Valerie Jemerson
Departmental Specialist
State of Michigan, Workforce Development Agency
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Jeffrey Truitt
Vice President, K+S Services
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CAR's Comprehensive Update on the U.S. Auto Labor Market

This Briefing discussed the key competitive issues facing automakers and suppliers when it comes to attracting, developing and retaining talent, as well as the UAW contract negotiations with FCA US, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.

Speakers:

Kristin Dziczek
Director, Industry & Labor Group and Assistant Research Director, Center for Automotive Research
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Dr. Sean P. McAlinden
Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Economist, Center for Automotive Research
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Dr. Arthur R. Schwartz
President, Labor and Economics Associates and former General Director of Labor Relations, General Motors
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Elaina Farnsworth
CEO, Mobile Comply

Christina Rogers
Automotive Reporter, The Wall Street Journal – Detroit Bureau

Karen Westrick
Manager/Educator, Kettering University

Shannon Dare
Ford Motor Company

Phil Callihan
Director, Strategic Projects & MIS, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
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Connected and Automated Vehicles and the Cybersecurity Threat: How Industry is Responding
Speakers:

Dr. Andrew Brown Jr.
Vice President & Chief Technologist, Delphi
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Brett Hillhouse
WW Engineering Solutions Executive, Internet of Things, IBM
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Praveen Narayanan
Research Manager, Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan
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Shawn Slusser
Vice President, Automotive Business, Infineon Technologies Americas
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Dr. Anuja Sonalker
Lead Scientist and Program Manager, Battelle
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Bio-based Materials: Ready for Mainstream?

This briefing brought together leading experts to discuss their perspectives on the bio-based manufacturing market’s growth potential and how that potential can be realized. Several tiers of the automotive industry, from automakers to chemical suppliers, were represented in the panel to offer diverse views on the topic.

Speakers:

Henning Karbstein
Manager, New Business Development and Idea Management, BASF
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Dr. Ellen Lee
Technical Specialist, Materials Research R&A, Ford Motor Company

Jim Preston
Vice President, Business Development, RheTech
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Dr. Rose Ann Ryntz
Senior Director, Advanced Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC)
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Joshua Cregger
Project Manager, Sustainability & Economic Development Strategies, CAR
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Advanced Information Technology Solutions: An Engine of Innovation

This CAR Industry Briefing discussed advanced enterprise IT solutions such as systems engineering, manufacturing operations management, and supply chain management as a way of managing the increasingly complex automotive industry.  Also discussed were the several challenges that exist that inhibit the ability to deliver on these goals, including the necessity for increased security and privacy of sensitive information as well as the need for training today’s workers to overcome knowledge gaps.

Speakers:

Dr. Robert D. Borchelt
Director, Manufacturing IT Systems & Industrial Controls, Cummins Inc.
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Timothy Cox
Chief Information Officer of Global Development Services
General Motors

Deron Littlejohn
Chief Engineer, Slip Control Systems Applications North America, TRW Automotive
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Greg Schroeder
Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology, CAR
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Automotive Fuels and Emissions: Policies, Compliance, & Potential Impact of Future Technologies

The U.S. automotive industry is in a state of transition as fuel economy and emissions regulations become increasingly stringent over the next 10 years. This briefing discussed the strategic implications of Tier 3 regulations which will soon be finalized and may impact future technology decisions in a multitude of ways.

Speakers:

Mike Mansuetti
President, Robert Bosch LLC

Chris Gearhart
Center Director, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Stuart Johnson
Senior Manager, Engineering and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America
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Mike Olechiw
Light Duty Vehicles and Small Engines Center Director, Assessment and Standards Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Hakan Yilmaz
Vice President, Global Technology Management, Gasoline Systems, North America, Robert Bosch LLC
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Emerging Vehicle Technology: Trends in Connected and Automated Vehicles

This CAR Breakfast Briefing offered insights into several dimensions of connected and automated vehicle technologies, with an emphasis on mobility and safety. This includes perspectives from the motor vehicle industry, the telematics industry, and the insurance industry.

Speakers:

 

Jan-Maarten de Vries
Vice President of Automotive Strategy, Product Management and Marketing, TomTom
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David Pratt
General Manager, Usage Based Insurance, Progressive
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Danny Shapiro
Director, Automotive Business Unit, NVIDIA

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Patricia Watkins
Director, Global Client Management, Sprint Velocity
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Luke Bonner
Vice President, Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK
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