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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Phil Weicker

In Charge of Propulsion & Electronics - Canoo

Phil Weicker

In Charge of Propulsion & Electronics - Canoo

Phil Weicker is In Charge of Propulsion & Electronics at Canoo, an LA-based company building electric vehicles for membership only. He has spent more than 15 years advancing battery technology and automotive electrification. He has served in engineering & battery directorships for companies like EnergyCS (focused on integration and controls for high-energy, large-format batteries) QuantumScape (a venture capital-backed startup working on advanced energy storage technologies), as well as EVs startups Coda & Faraday Future. Phil has more than 40 patents to his name and is also the author of ‘A Systems Approach to Lithium Ion Battery Management’. He holds a Bachlor’s degree in Engineering from McMaster University and a Masters in Computational Electromagnetics from McGill University in Montreal.

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Deepak Divan

Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy - Georgia Institute of Technology

Deepak Divan

Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy - Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.

 

Dr. Divan has started several companies, including Varentec in Santa Clara, CA, where he served as Founder, President and CTO from 2011-14, and as Chief Scientist for several years after. He led the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding.  

 

Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Committee on the Future Grid and Committee on Deep Decarbonization. He a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal and is International Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives global competition to crowdsource scalable energy access solutions. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 70 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

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Horst Hammerer

Horst Hammerer Managing Director (CEO) AVL SET HmBh

Horst Hammerer

Horst Hammerer Managing Director (CEO) AVL SET HmBh

Horst Hammerer is managing director and shareholder of AVL SET. For more than 30 years he has been involved in aerospace, test systems and power electronics. As an entrepreneur he has founded and co- founded three companies with a strong focus on testing methodology.

In 2008 he was granted an innovation award for successfully introducing the Power-HiL test system for the Airbus A380 CPCS computers, resulting in a joint venture between his private enterprise and the AVL List GmbH.

He is passionate about enhancing and redefining testing methods to increase efficiency and produce meaningful results. Horst enjoys applying and adjusting the testing methods he learned from experiences in aerospace testing to the e-mobility industry.

Over the years, he has successfully introduced his visions and innovations to the automotive market. Today, these methodologies are used by OEMs and Tier 1s worldwide.

Horst studied in Germany and the United Kingdom and holds a degree in communications engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Ulm. Together with his wife and children he lives in Southern Germany.

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Daniel Benchetrite

North America Powertrain New Mobility Director - Valeo

Daniel Benchetrite

North America Powertrain New Mobility Director - Valeo

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