Director, Powertrain Engineering, Ford Asia Pacific
Ford Motor Company
Dr. Mazen Hammoud is Ford's Electrified Powertrain Systems Chief Engineer. He leads a large engineering organization in charge of system architecture, component sizing, controls, and calibration for all HEV, PHEV, and BEV programs globally to deliver cost-effective best-in-class fuel economy and a superior driving experience. After Mazen assumed this role in 2012, Ford’s Electrification market share has grown more than threefold to 14% of the segment, while winning multiple awards.
Since joining Ford in 1998, Dr. Hammoud held several leadership positions in Powertrain controls and calibrations. He delivered multiple award winning programs for driveability and fuel economy using EcoBoost technology. In Powertrain electronics, he managed to reduce cost and complexity while improving quality by applying Ford’s Commodity Business Plan and Supplier Aligned Business Framework strategies.
Mazen’s career, including eight years at GM, is focused on sustainability and the environment by reducing emissions and improving fuel economy of modern Powertrains. He is responsible for numerous innovations published in technical papers and international patents. Mazen frequently participates in panel discussions, represents Ford in media events, and delivers industry speeches.
Dr. Hammoud holds a Bachelor (WSU), Master (U of M) and Ph.D. (U of M) degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. He is an SAE Fellow and sits on several professional and academic boards including the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees.
Retired (General Motors Corporation)
Donald W. Ableson retired from General Motors in 2002 after a 47 year career with the company. During that time, he held executive positions in several GM groups, starting with Fisher Body Division and ending with North American Operations. During his career, Ableson headed up Facilities Engineering, held many different positions in manufacturing including stints as Plant Manager of several plants, and ended his GM career as Executive Director of Specialty Vehicles.
An active member of the SAE International for nearly 50 years, he is currently President of the SAE Canada Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees. He was President of SAE International in 1999-2000, past member of the Board of Directors, past chairman of the Detroit Section of SAE, and member of many local and national committees in SAE.
Ableson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from GMI/Kettering University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, and a Professional Engineering License from the State of Michigan. He and his wife Muriel reside in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Global General Counsel, Vice President for the Salesforce Foundation
Shanti Ariker is Area Managing Counsel for salesforce.com where she manages a team of lawyers responsible for negotiating customer agreements throughout North America. During her 20 years practicing law, Shanti has also held positions in legal departments in Celestica and E*TRADE, as well as several private practice positions in US law firms. Shanti received her Bachelors in English and Economics from University of Massachusetts, Boston and her law degree from the University of Virginia.
As a strong supporter of the importance of education she has is involved with a number of activities that promote and provide educational activities, including helping to implement SAE International’s A World in Motion® program in schools in Toronto, Canada.
Manager of Global Learning and Development
Ford Motor Company
Alison Bazil has been with Ford Motor Company for 25 years. Currently, Ms. Bazil is the Manager of Global Learning and Development for Product Development and Quality. In this role, she is responsible for the performance growth of the PD and Quality workforce including strategy, technology, funding and learning solution creation. In addition to learning and development, Ms. Bazil is also a lead advisor for Ford’s recently established STEM Initiative. She is working with Ford’s STEM Manager to establish strategy and oversee funding decisions to reinforce the STEM pipeline.
Before joining the Learning and Development organization in September of 2013, Ms. Bazil spent most of her career in chassis working in brakes, steering and suspension. In her most recent chassis role she led the redesign of the suspension system for the 2013 Ford Fusion/MXZ/Mondeo. In addition to chassis, Ms. Bazil has experience in testing, program management and vehicle engineering.
Ms. Bazil is also very active in the recruitment and retention of women at Ford. She is the lead recruiter for the Society of Women Engineer (SWE) recruiting team and a leader of the Women in Product Development employee resource group. She is active in the SWE-Detroit professional section and has been a national officer of the Society.
Ms. Bazil earned her BSME and an MSME from the University of Michigan.
CU-ICAR, Clemson University
Frederick (Fred) M. Cartwright, Jr. is Executive Director of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Prior to joining CU-ICAR in 2013, he spent 32+ years at General Motors, including assignments in manufacturing, engineering, planning, corporate development and M&A. Most recently, he served as Director of Corporate Development, at GM’s headquarters in Detroit, developing and negotiating partnerships in areas of new technology and products. Prior to that Mr. Cartwright led a “new business development” function in General Motors, with responsibility for monetizing intellectual property and developing strategic alliances, which resulted in a year in Europe as Vice President for Alliances and New Business Development, focused on the European market. He had previously served as Director of Technology Planning for GM Powertrain, which included the negotiation of a successful partnership between GM, BMW, Daimler and Chrysler for strong hybrid powertrains. Mr. Cartwright holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Butler University, Indianapolis.
Aisin World Corp of America
John Clark is Executive Vice President of Aisin World Corp. of America (AWA), one of the world’s largest Tier One suppliers of automotive components. Clark and his team are principally responsible for Original Equipment sales, Sales and Product Planning in North America. He reports directly to the president.
In addition to direct customer contact, Clark oversees interface between AWA team members and Aisin’s North American plants in order to meet quality, delivery and customer satisfaction standards. He is responsible for maintaining the company's overall relationship across all product groups, in addition to company marketing and product planning activities. Under his leadership, AWA has been awarded a number of quality, delivery and technology awards from customers Toyota and Honda.
Clark, who had been vice president of sales for all Asian customers, joined Aisin in 2003 as director of North American Customer Sales. He was later promoted to assistant vice president, Asian Customer Sales
Previously, Clark was executive vice president with Niles USA, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automotive switches and sensor technology. Clark, who speaks fluent Japanese, attended college in Tokyo, and was a resident of Japan for eight years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and resides in Milford, Mich.
VP Engineering, Operations & Customer Satisfaction
Mary Gustanski, is Vice President of Engineering, Launch Readiness & Program Management, Delphi Automotive Systems. In this role, she is responsible for driving common process within the global engineering organization. This includes leading the program management and flawless launch process as well as enabling improvement in execution through greater discipline during the Product Development Process.
Gustanski began her career with the company in 1980 as a College Cooperative Student at the former AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors, in Flint, Michigan. Mary was hired full time as an Associate Manufacturing Engineering in April 1985. She held several positions in Engineering and Manufacturing, including Sr. Manufacturing Project Engineer, Sr. Project Engineer and Production Superintendent, prior to being promoted to the Executive level as Divisional Plant Quality Manager in 1997. Gustanski then became Chief Engineer for Generators in 1998 and was promoted in 2001 as Technical Center Director. In 2003, she was promoted as Global Director of Manufacturing Engineering.
Gustanski was appointed as a member of the Powertrain Systems Executive Staff in 2006 as the Divisional Director of Engineering, Customer Satisfaction and Program Management. In 2012 she was named as Powertrain’s Vice President of Engineering, Operations & Customer Satisfaction. In August, 2014, Gustanski was appointed to the Corporate Engineering Team as the Vice President of Engineering, Launch Readiness and Program Management.
In 2010, Gustanski was named as one of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry” by “Automotive News.”
Gustanski holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a master’s degree in Manufacturing Management, both from Kettering University (formerly GMI).
DMH Consulting Group
Dan Hancock retired from General Motors (GM) effective September 1, 2011, and now consults with the automotive industry in the powertrain and alliances areas. His last position with GM was Vice President, Global Strategic Product Alliances. During that time he served as Chairman of GM’s DMAX and VM Motori diesel engine joint ventures with Isuzu and Fiat, respectively.
Hancock’s previous appointments included GM Vice President, Global Powertrain Engineering and Chief Executive Officer, Fiat-GM Powertrain, based in Turin, Italy.
After joining GM in 1968, he held various engineering positions within Allison Transmission Division in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was appointed Chief Engineer, Commercial Transmissions in 1980. In 1983 he became Chief Engineer for Detroit Diesel in Redford, Michigan. He became Technical Director, Advanced Powertrain, at the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM Canada Group in 1987. In 1992, he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Small Block V8 engine, and in 1994 was appointed Director, Transmission Engineering, GM Powertrain. In 1997, he returned to Indianapolis where he was named President, Allison Transmission Division.
Born in Indiana, Hancock received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a bachelor's degree also in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute, Michigan, in 1974.
Hancock has been a member of SAE International for 40 years and is an SAE Fellow. He has recently been elected President of SAE International for 2014. He has been Chairman of the SAE Detroit Section and has served on the SAE Board of Directors. In addition, he served as Chairman of the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2008. During his tenure the SAE Foundation conducted a successful capital campaign, raising $26.5M for SAE’s A World in Motion® program.
Hancock served as president of FISITA, the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, from 2004 to 2006 and continues to participate with FISITA in his emeritus status. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He is a recipient of the SAE Sid Olsen Engineering Manager Award, the SAE Medal of Honor, the SAE Gordon Millar Award, the Great Golden Medal for Service to the Republic of Austria, and the Sagamore of the Wabash recognition from the State of Indiana.
He now serves in board and advisory positions with several organizations, focusing on new powertrain technologies and STEM education.
Hancock splits his time between his homes in Indianapolis, Indiana, Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, where he enjoys skiing and high altitude hiking.
Karen Healy joined General Motors in 1976, after she earned a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. She spent more than 35 years in the global automotive industry, with assignments in a wide range of areas, including labor relations, human resources, communications, marketing, facilities management, environmental services, motorsports, and manufacturing. She was a vice president of Delphi and member of the leadership team that led the Delphi separation from General Motors, and the subsequent Initial Public Offering, with responsibility for leading the enormous communication and marketing efforts across all media, government, employee and community constituencies. She also was a member of the senior leadership during the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization.
Over the course of her career, Healy was named one of Automotive News’ “100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry” for 2000 and 2005; The Detroit News’ Businesswoman of the Year for 2000; and a member of Crain’s Detroit Business’ list of The Most Influential Women in Southeast Michigan for 2001.
She retired from the automotive industry in 2012, and currently serves on several boards, including the SAE Foundation and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit. She resides in Bonita Springs, FL, and Beverly Hills, MI with her family.
T & U Engineering
Dave Knight is currently the Global Director, Turf & Utility Platform Engineering for John Deere. He has been in this position since 2011 and is responsible for Worldwide
product development engineering activities for utility vehicles, riding lawn equipment, commercial mowing, golf, walk behind mowers and autonomous mowing. Dave began his career at John Deere in 1998 as Product Development Manager where he led engineering and portfolio strategy for Compact Utility tractors. He was assigned additional responsibility for Global Loader Engineering in 2010. His career started at Mack Trucks as a test engineer with subsequent assignments in reliability and design engineering. Dave then moved to Ford New Holland (now CNH) and worked in a variety of positions in engineering, marketing, and product development. Product lines included compact utility tractors, large row crop and 4WD tractors, and combine harvesters. Dave holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo (1983), became a Licensed Professional Engineer (1991), and recently completed The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Global Leadership 2030 program (2013).
Dave is the Deere Functional Director for the relationship with Georgia Tech and has been a board member for Junior Achievement. He has been a member of SAE since 1983 and was elected to the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014. He has supported numerous activities to encourage and educate our youth about STEM.
Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Compliance
FEV North America, Inc.
Robert J. Last is the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, & Compliance at FEV North America, Inc. In this capacity, he currently oversees all of FEV’s North American activities in the functional areas of marketing and PR, information technology, and quality. He has been a member of FEV’s staff since the foundation of the company in 1985. Over his nearly 30-year career, Bob has held positions in nearly every functional area of the company, including both engineering and overhead functions, and has contributed significantly to the company’s growth from 3 employees in 1985 to over 350 today. He began his career as a project engineer, developing new alternative fuels concepts for methanol, ethanol, and biofuels and, over his career, has received varied assignments throughout FEV’s organization, including a three year engineering assignment at FEV’s world headquarters in Aachen, Germany. More recently, he has held leading management positions in operations, information technology, business development, marketing and human resources and has been creatively and strategically responsible for a number of successful marketing campaigns that contributed to FEV’s growth in North America. Mr. Last holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University (1985) and completed his MBA in Global Management in 2004. Bob served for over 5 years in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam era veteran.
Mr. Last is a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Marketing Association. He volunteers his time to promote long-term American competitiveness through investments in STEM education. Bob was elected to the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees in 2014.
AutoTech Technology Development Inc.
Mr. Nader joined Kenmar in 1995 through the acquisition of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. by Kenmar Corporation. He was the founder and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc. prior to Kenmar’s acquisition. Since the acquisition by Kenmar, he has served as both Vice President of Technology for Kenmar Corporation and President of AutoTech Technology Development, Inc.. He is an active member of the Kenmar senior management team and participates in all long-term planning, strategy and business development. His daily responsibilities include economic evaluation, strategic planning and team leadership for developing and implementing new technology. Prior to AutoTech, Mr. Nader was a Vice-President for AVL NA and specialized in mobile exhaust gas analysis. During and prior to AVL he was also involved in the development of several key exhaust gas measurement tools including the critical flow venturi (CVS) system, the F.I.D. hydrocarbon and chemiluminescent NOx analyzers and was the inventor of the AVL Smart Sampler System for measuring particulate matter.
Mr. Nader is also a member of the International Society of Automotive Engineers and serves on the Board of Trustees for the SAE Foundation. In 2005, Mr. Nader received the Don Ableson Award for Visionary Leadership, the 2nd highest award presented by the SAE Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Universal Technical Institute and the Don’t Just Sit There Foundations. In 2014, Mr. Nader was appointed of L. Brooks Patterson (Oakland County CEO) and serves as the Chairman of the Oakland County Connected Vehicle Task Force.
Mr. Nader received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and attended an Automotive Technology Research Mentor Program in Germany for 6 years with a subject topic of “The Economic Evaluation of Technology”. Mr. Nader resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife and has three adult children.
Global Powertrain Vice-President
Dan Nicholson is the Executive Director for Global Powertrain Embedded Controls at GM. He has held this role since April, 2011. In September, 2012 he took on the additional responsibility for Powertrain Electronic Controls & Software. He is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the global engineering team responsible for calibrating all powertrains, providing customer-pleasing drive quality and ensuring compliance with tailpipe emissions standards and on-board diagnostics. He is also globally responsible for all powertrain controllers and software.
Prior to this appointment, Dan was the vice president of Global Quality from 2010-2011. He held this role after repatriating from Germany where he served as the head of Powertrain Product Engineering Europe since 2008. He began as an executive director and was subsequently appointed to vice president and a member of the Opel / Vauxhall Leadership Board. The scope of this role included the development and engineering of all engines, transmissions and alternative propulsion systems in the region.
Nicholson began his career with General Motors as a co-op student at Buick Motor Division in 1982. He has an extensive background in Product Engineering and subsequently progressed through a series of leadership positions including engineering group manager, director of controller integration, and director of engine development, calibration and validation. In 2004, Nicholson was named chief engineer and program manager for V8 Engines responsible for the Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine and the implementation of Active Fuel Management technology for small block engines. After a year in that position, Nicholson was appointed to managing director of GM Powertrain-Germany GmbH where he led all powertrain operations for the country unit.
Nicholson, 49, earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master of business administration degree from Stanford University.
VP Sales & Business Development
Arnold W. Siegel is a pioneer in the field of automotive safety.
His innovative, life-changing research has led to numerous safety features that are now common in production vehicles. He helped pioneer research on barrier, side-impact, rollover head-on, motorcycle and pedestrian crashes. He built the first infant and child dummies, crash tested them and worked on and designed the first rear facing infant safety seats and child booster seats resulting in significantly fewer injuries and deaths in auto accidents. In collaboration with others, he worked to reveal critical automotive safety issues and create life-saving solutions, bringing injury prevention to the forefront, forever altering the way automobiles are engineered.
Mr. Siegel helped initiate SAE International's entry in the automotive safety field and contributed to many SAE standards and conferences; the result of which has greatly improved auto safety globally. Through the years, he has served as a university research professor and industry consultant.
Collaborating with a physician in 1960, Mr. Siegel began non-fatal, on-scene accident investigation using multi-disciplinary teams. He co-directed trauma research groups and developed and organized training programs for several governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Mr. Siegel has been a major factor in the success of both SAE International and the SAE Foundation. He has served on the SAE International Board of Directors, numerous Society committees, sub-committees and operating boards. In addition, he also has been a long-standing member of the SAE Foundation's Board of Trustees and, for years, served as co-chair of the SAE-managed STAPP Car Crash conference, which helped to place SAE International at the center of automotive safety progress. In 1987, Mr. Siegel established the Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award. This prestigious award is presented at the SAE Awards Ceremony: Honoring Excellence, which is held during SAE's annual World Congress.
He has been instrumental in the success of the SAE Foundation’s $25 million capital campaign and in helping raise funds to support SAE’s STEM education programs.
Mr. Siegel is an SAE International Fellow, SAE Medal of Honor recipient, a member of the California Association of Criminalists, Sigma Xi and is a professional safety engineer. He was a member of the Attorney General's Traffic Safety Committee and the California Passenger Safety Resource Panel, and has been a consultant to many agencies and companies, including Physicians for Automotive Safety, and the SAE International Accident Investigation Practices Subcommittee. He has received many accolades and awards, including: the Abelson Leadership Award 2008; Montana Ambassador's Plenipotentiary 2001 Award; the Humanitarian Fellowship Award; Save the Children Federation Distinguished Service Award; the Legacy of Gold Award from West Yellowstone Foundation. Mr. Siegel has provided more than 50 years of dedicated and meritorious service to SAE International and the SAE Foundation.
Director, Human Resources
AVL North America, Inc.
Joyce Weishaar’s career can best be described as one of “building bridges,” helping disparate groups and cultures find common ground across departments and around the world. Her Human Resources’ experience spans over 30 years, with the last 18 years directly focused on the automotive sector. As Director, Human Resources at AVL – the recognized leader in developing clean and efficient technologies to power the world – Joyce has worked closely with the CEO to build and maintain a cohesive senior leadership team. Since joining AVL in 2006, she has spearheaded a number of initiatives, including developing and implementing plans for North American staffing and global recruitment.
Prior to joining AVL, Joyce held a variety of Executive Human Resource positions within the automotive industry, including Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Collins & Aikman, a $2 Billion Tier One Automotive Supplier, and Director of Human Resources at Textron Automotive, a $2.6 Billion Tier One Automotive supplier. Throughout her career, Joyce has successfully integrated Human Resources into a strategic position of strength within the organizations she has served.
Joyce holds a B.A. from Oakland University’s School of Management, where she concentrated on Human Resources. She also completed an Executive Leadership Program from American International Management and has several certifications in Human Resources through the College for Creative Studies.
Joyce lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan, with her two children. She is heavily involved in fundraising for the American Cancer Society in memory of her late husband, and also gives of her time and energy to Vista Maria and Capuchin kitchens. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys, travel, golf and biking.
Representative, District 55
Michigan House of Representatives
Adam Zemke is a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, beginning service to the 55th House District in January 2013, which includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield, and York.
Before serving in the Legislature, Zemke worked as an engineer in the aerospace, defense and automotive fields. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He has served on the Dexter Township Public Safety Advisory Committee, the city of Ann Arbor’s Housing and Human Services Advisory Board and the Washtenaw County Community Action Board. Zemke first became active with the SAE International while in college, where he led the Michigan State Formula SAE team. Following the completion of his degrees, he continued to remain active with the Formula SAE program, serving as a member of the organizing committee and presentation event captain for the Michigan competition to this day.
A fifth-generation Washtenaw County resident, Zemke graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor and lived in the community his entire life.