Technical Advisory Council (TAC)

CAR’s Technology Advisory Council (TAC) provides a voice of the industry, with valuable insight and guidance for issues that are critically important to the industry from an auto manufacturer’s perspective. The advisory council consists of individuals with engineering, manufacturing, or supply chain backgrounds. The group meets two to three times each year, facilitated by CAR and cover a range of topics including: fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations, manufacturing issues impacting lightweighting, and advanced powertrain technologies.

Scott Adams

Senior Vice President of Product Development, Marketing and Planning – Vehicle Group

Eaton Corporation

John P. Capp

Director, Global Safety Strategy & Vehicle Programs

General Motors Global Product Development

John K. Catterall

Executive Director

Auto/Steel Partnership

Werner Happenhofer

Vice President Components Engineering

HELLA Electronics Corporation

Ali Maleki

Executive Director, Innovations & New Ventures

Nexteer Automotive

Dr. James Morgan


EMC Network

Douglas E. Patton

2017 President SAE
Executive Vice President, Engineering Division, Chief Technical Officer Senior Director, DENSO Corp.

DENSO International America, Inc.

Michael D. Regiec

Manufacturing Chief – Body Manufacturing Engineering Product Interface

General Motors – Retired

Doug Richman

VP Engineering and General Manager – Automotive Castings

Kaiser Aluminum

Jay Sackett

General Manager, Body Design Engineering

Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America

Clemens Schmitz-Justen


CSJ Schmitz – Justen & Company

Ankil Shah

General Manager, Engineering Design

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America

Dr. Khaled Shahwan

Innovation & Advanced Development Engineering

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Rini Sherony

Sr. Principal Engineer – Collaborative Safety Research Center

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America

Dr. -Ing. Manfred Sindel

Quality Manager

Audi AG

Franz Storkenmaier

Head of Lightweight Construction and Vehicle Weight


Wallace R. Wade

Chief Engineer and Technical Fellow, Powertrain Systems Technology and Processes

Ford Motor Company – Retired

Dr. Mark White

(former) Chief Engineer Body Complete Business Unit, Body Engineering

Jaguar Land Rover Product Development

Kregg Wiggins

Senior Vice President, Powertrain Division

Continental North America

Tom Williams


American Engineering, LLC

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