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Zafer Sahinoglu
General Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Innovation Center
Wesley Pennington
Founder/CEO, Tau Motors
Terry Alger
Executive Director – Sustainable Energy & Mobility Directorate, Southwest Research Institute
Thomas Wallner
Thomas Wallner
Interim Deputy Director, Transportation and Power Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Fabrizio Martini
Co Founder & CEO, Electra
Nicolas Champetier
Senior Vice President, Stellantis
Said Al-Hallaj
Chief Battery Scientist, Beam Global
Kent Wanner
Sr. Staff Power Electronics Engineer, John Deere
Tim Reeser
CEO and Co-Founder, Lightning eMotors
Jing Sun
Michael G. Parsons Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan
Dan Sloat
Founder & President of the Advanced Air Mobility Institute,
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Schedule At A Glance


High-Performance Rare-Earth Magnet-Free Electric Machine Design


Matt Woongkul Lee, Michigan State University.

Babak Fahimi, University of Texas, Dallas
Ayman EL-Refaie, Marquette University
Seungdeog Choi, Mississippi State University
Gianmario Pellegrino, Politecnico di Torino

The ever growing demands for high performance electric propulsion system will require a lot more rare earth magnet than we can currently produce. To meet the 2030 electrification goal, we need 10 times more rare earth materials used in permanent magnet motors. In this panel, we will discuss the reduced or rare earth magnet-free electric machine deisgns from multiple aspects such as materials, machine design, cooling techniques, electromagnetic performance, and power density.

Safety, Driver Perception and Acceptance, and Regulation for Autonomous Vehicles

Keyur Patel, Nexteer.

Steve Dellenback, Vice President, SWRI.
Shaunak D. Bopardikar, Assistant Professor, MSU.

The fully commercial autonomous vehicles have raced against time in the automotive industry to attract market traction. The commercial availability of fully autonomous vehicles brings new hurdles and challenges. are we ready for full commercial autonomous vehicles on the public road and when if not? This panel will focus on discussing current and future fully autonomous regulatory, safety, and infrastructure commercial hurdles. The perspective on current fully autonomous commercial vehicle feasibility, infrastructure / commercial challenges, safety standards, regulation, and driver perception & acceptance will be debated.

Innovative Energy Management Systems for Electrified Vehicles


Atriya Biswas, McMaster University

Dr. Poria Fajri, University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Reza Amini, Assistant research scientist, University of Michigan.
Oliver Gross, Energy storage and management specialist @ Stellantis)
Dr Quan Zhou, Group leader of Connected and autonomous systems for electrified vehicles research, University of Birmingham.
Daniel Borroso, Electric Vehicle Expert / Chief Engineer/e-mobility strategist, Stellantis.


Modern-day prolific energy management systems (EMSs) or supervisory controllers manage more than just distributing driver’s power demands into different onboard power sources in a electrified vehicle. While the fundamental objective of any EMS is to strive for better energy efficiency of the electrified powertrain, versatile modern-day EMSs have been exploring various technologies to make electrified vehicles more attractive to customers, innovative, sustainable, and eco-friendly. A few such technologies are AI-driven, associated with vehicle-to-X communication, telematics, and battery health detection systems. Some of these technologies are on the verge of deployment, while some are in their infancy. This panel will discuss how these technologies are reshaping the market for electrified vehicles and the future scope of improvement in energy efficiency through collaborations among different innovative technologies.

Everything Charging: Theoretical, Practical, and Infrastructural Challenges and Arising Opportunities Faced by Charging Community


Yasaman Masoudi, Stellantis


Will McCoy
Matilde D’Arpino

Everything Charging: Theoretical, Practical, and Infrastructural Challenges and Arising Opportunities Faced by Charging Community
Scope: Discussion includes various issues from infrastructure and operations and maintenance, to charging optimization, electrochemical analysis of charging, protocols for on-board versus fast charge, etc

High-Power Density Multilevel and Multiphase Inverters for Electrified Transportation


Matt Woongkul Lee, Michigan State University.


Mrinal Das, Onsemi,
Dr. Muhammad Alvi, General Motors,
Dr. Di Pan, Crane Aerospace & Electronics,
Dr. Bingsen Wang, Stellantis”


As the application of electric propulsion rapidly expands towards high-power systems such as semi, off-road vehicles, and aircraft, the needs for high-voltage and high-power electric drives are also growing. In this panel, we will discuss high power density electric propulsion system technologies for various electrified transportation system including novel inverter topology, state-of-the-art WBG devices, cooling techniques, and packaging.

Beyond the Motor Shaft: Gearboxes for Electrified Vehicles


Scott Halley, Lubrizol.

IIker Sahin, Chief Engineer – Electrification, AVL
Suresh Natarajan, Head Customer Solution Engineering – Americas, Dana
Craig Renneker, VP Driveline Innovation, AAM
Christopher Suhocki, Southwest Research Institute

Since the earliest days of transportation systems there has been a need to match the speed and torque requirements of the wheel with that produced by the powerplant. With an internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicle this has been accomplished through the years with a variety of transmission and final drive (axle) options. The electrification of vehicles presents similar challenges, along with the differing torque characteristics of an electric motor vs. an ICE and this panel will discuss some of the options in use and being considered for future applications.

What Is The Role For Hydrogen In Transportation?

Graham Conway, Southwest Research Institute.

Mohammad Fatouraie, Bosch.
Mark Richards, DOE.
Nathan Peters, MAHLE North America.
Ashok Kumar, Cummins.


The global shift towards light-duty plug-in EVs is happing rapidly. In many markets the increase in adoption rate exceeds most analysts forecasts from just two years ago. The light-duty market is relativley easy to electrify and will continue to see year-on-year growth for the forseeable future. As vehicle class size increase so do the challenges facing mass EV adoption. Longer charging times, high purchase price and reduced payload present challenges for many over-the-road long haul applicaitons. Hydrogen has been discussed as a potential solution for the Class 8 applications as well as off-road applications. There are inherent challenges to hydrogen vehicles too, yet the topic has increased in relevance over the last 18 months. The application for hydrogen may be either a fuel-cell or internal combusiton engine. This panel will discuss the areas where hydrogen could work and the steps we need to take to get there.

Industry Sessions

SiC-Enabled Solutions for Next Generation EVs



Dr. Mrinal K. Das
Senior Director of Technical Marketing
Mr. John Mookken
Director for Advanced Systems Development

Optimizing Motor Production Projects: Key Factors To Consider For Optimal Motor Winding and Assembly Automation


Mr. Kumar Rajasekhara
CEO & President Marsilli North America


How A Precise E-Motor Emulator Speeds Up Inverter Software Development And Release Testing


Matt Hortop

Senior Technical Specialist for Electrification at AVL

Horst Hammerer
Managing Director, shareholder, and co-founder of AVL SET

Emulation: A Key Element In Speeding Up Product Development And Validation


Dr. Uday Deshpande
CTO of D&V Electronics


Saving Time & Money by Rapidly Characterizing Motors & Drives



Mike Hoyer
Applications Engineer Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer
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