ITEC Keynote Speakers highlight the current trends, obstacles and future possibilities in the transportation electrification community. The plenary is made up of several presentations from respected industry leaders. Each presentation is 30 minutes in length and allows for interactive Q&A at the end of each presentation. ITEC plenary sessions take place Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Heather Tomley

Acting Managing Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs Bureau, Port of Long Beach, California

Heather Tomley

Acting Managing Director, Planning & Environmental Affairs Bureau, Port of Long Beach, California

Heather Tomley is the Acting Manager of the Planning & Environmental Affairs Bureau for the Port of Long Beach.  She joined the Port in 2005 and progressively moved into positions of greater responsibility. She was named to her current post as Acting Managing Director in September of 2018 where she oversees the Divisions of Master Planning, Transportation Planning, and Environmental Planning.  Throughout her time with the Port she has led the Port’s signature environmental programs, such as the 2005 Green Port Policy, and coordinated programs to improve water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat, integrate sustainability into Port practices, and improve air quality, including co-writing and implementing the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, also known as the CAAP.

Close

Dwarka Simili

Global Sr. Engineering Manager - Controls, Power Drive Systems (PDS), BorgWarner

Dwarka Simili

Global Sr. Engineering Manager - Controls, Power Drive Systems (PDS), BorgWarner

 Dwarka Simili received B.S. and M.Sc,. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore, India and mechanical and aerospace engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago,USA in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

He began his career in 2006 as a controls engineer in power electronics (D7E track trype dozer) at Caterpillar, Peoria, IL From 2010 to 2018, he worked for General Motors in various roles contributing to products such as (Chevy Spark EV, Cadillac ELR, Gen2 Volt and Chevy Bolt) with in electric power conversion and controls and then going on to manage electric drive controls team. In 2017, he received the Charles”Boss”Kettering award, highest GM recognition for technical innovation for contributions in Design and Control of Chevy Bolt.

He joined BorgWarner in 2018 as Technical Product lead for 48V inverters. He is currently leading a global controls team with in PDS. His career interests are, product development, leadership and innovation.

Close

Ann Schlenker

Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory

Ann Schlenker

Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory

Ms. Ann Schlenker is the Director for the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory.  Ms. Schlenker’s applied research area is actively seeking to improve efficiency at a component, vehicle and transportation system level, while preserving transportation consumer choice, affordability and domestic economic growth.   Her responsibilities include evaluating the energy and environmental impacts of advanced technologies and new transportation fuels. Her portfolio includes early stage fundamental and applied Light and Heavy Duty vehicle research with an emphasis on low carbon solutions.  She directs the transportation system energy modelling for Smart Communities with enhanced mobility offerings. In addition, Ms. Schlenker has responsibility for the DOE Student Vehicle Competitions for advanced powertrain technologies and connected and automated vehicles.  Her research is informed by collaborative partnerships which ensure relevance and impact. Schlenker spent more than 30 years with Chrysler Engineering in Product Development, serving in a variety of executive positions.

Close

Tim Lambert

Lead Electromagnetic Design Engineer for Levitation and Guidance Systems, Virgin Hyperloop One

Tim Lambert

Lead Electromagnetic Design Engineer for Levitation and Guidance Systems, Virgin Hyperloop One

Tim Lambert is the Lead Electromagnetic Design Engineer for the levitation and guidance systems at Virgin Hyperloop One. He has 6 years of experience designing electric machines, and several granted patents. Before joining Hyperloop One in 2017, he worked on a variety of electric vehicle technologies including controls, materials, and switched-reluctance motors.

Close

Pavol Bauer

Full Professor - Delft University of Technology

Pavol Bauer

Full Professor - Delft University of Technology

Pavol Bauer is currently a full Professor with the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy of Delft University of Technology and head of DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage group. He received Masters in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Kosice (‘85), Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (’95) and title prof. from the president of Czech Republic at the Brno University of Technology (2008) and Delft University of Technology (2016). He is also honorary professor at Politehnica University Timisioira in Romania. From 2002 to 2003 he was working partially at KEMA (DNV GL, Arnhem) on different projects related to power electronics applications in power systems. He published over 100 journal and over 350 conference papers in his field (with H factor Google scholar 40, Web of science 26), he is an author or co-author of 8 books, holds 6 international patents and organized several tutorials at the international conferences. He has worked on many projects for industry concerning wind and wave energy, power electronic applications for power systems such as Smarttrafo; HVDC systems, projects for smart cities such as PV charging of electric vehicles, PV and storage integration, contactless charging; and he participated in several Leonardo da Vinci and H2020 EU projects as project partner (ELINA, INETELE, E-Pragmatic, Smart Charging, Metrology for Inductive Charging, Trolley 2.0) and coordinator (PEMCWebLab.com-Edipe, SustEner, Eranet DCMICRO). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (’97), former chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint Industry Applications Society, Power Electronics and Power Engineering Society chapter, chairman of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (PEMC) council, member of the Executive Committee of European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and also member of international steering committee at numerous conferences.

Close

Tara Vatcher

Powertrain Software Engineering Director - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tara Vatcher

Powertrain Software Engineering Director - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Close
Subscribe for Future Email Updates and More Information