Insights from Industry Executives
Moderator: Jeff Edwards, President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Utah
President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Utah
Jeff was appointed President & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah in January 2005. He joined the company as the Vice President of Client Services in June 2001. A public-private partnership founded in 1987, EDCUtah has responsibility for recruiting new businesses to Utah by working with corporations and site consultants across the US. The company also works with municipalities in all parts of the state and does economic research and modeling as well as provides assistance to existing Utah businesses with expansion and financing resources. EDCUtah works closely with the Utah governor’s office and others to target recruiting in energy, biotech, aerospace, outdoor products, information technology and financial services. Over the last three years, has assisted companies in the creation of more than 15,000 new jobs and more than $3B in capital investment in Utah. Jeff was also named CEO of the Year for Non-Profit companies by Utah Business Magazine in May 2008 and 100 Most Influential People by Utah Business Magazine in January 2011.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Salt Lake Community College, Envision Utah regional planning agency and serves on the Boards of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Utah Technology Council, Salt Lake Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Governor’s Mansion Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Utah Science Technology & Research (USTAR) program and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Utah State University Research Foundation. Jeff is a Fellow of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).
Early in his career, as a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, he was instrumental in getting high school science and engineering experiments on board NASA shuttle missions. He is an Eagle Scout, and a former scoutmaster and district commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and skiing and is an avid photographer. He and his wife, Karamea Evans Edwards, are the proud parents of four children, one grandson and a dog.
Co-Founder & CEO, Evatran
Rebecca Hough is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Evatran. Rebecca currently sets Evatran’s strategic direction and oversees all of Evatran’s day-to-day operations. In this position, Rebecca has spearheaded strategic partnership development including the company’s relationships with Google, Sears and Yazaki North America. She has led the development of the Company’s go-to-market strategy and developed marketing initiatives including the Company’s social media strategy and customer reservation program. Rebecca has represented the Company at numerous speaking engagements, directs the Company media relations strategy, and participates in key industry conferences including the 2011 Business of Plugging-In Conference in Detroit.
Prior to joining Evatran, Rebecca was a management consultant with Kurt Salmon Associates out of New York City, consulting on projects in the retail and consumer products sectors. Graduating from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Rebecca earned a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Management.
Former CEO, Utah Transit Authority
John Inglish has worked in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. With an engineering background, Mr. Inglish began his career in 1970 as a systems planning engineer for the Utah State Highway Department. In the early 70’s he began working for the Wasatch Front Regional council on the early initiatives that formed today’s UTA. In 1977 he became the director of Transit Development, later Director of Operations and then the Assistant General Manager for UTA. In August 1997, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees appointed John Inglish as the General Manager for the Authority and in May 2010, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, UTA has garnered national and worldwide recognition for its transportation systems. In May of 2012 Mr. Inglish retired from UTA. In 2012, Mr. Inglish joined the board of WAVE.
Accomplishments during his tenure as UTA general manager include:
- Funding and construction of more than $4 billion in rail infrastructure of which 70 miles of Light Rail and Commuter Rail are in place and operating and another 70 miles under construction and scheduled to open in the next 3 years. Funding was accomplished through a series of public voter referendums dedicating sales tax to transit.
- Oversaw the negotiation for and purchase of the largest railroad corridor land acquisition by a transit agency in the United States – 175 miles of Union Pacific Railroad Corridor cutting through the heart of the Wasatch Front urban area.
- Mr. Inglish is internationally recognized for his transit expertise and his ability to make transit projects a reality. He also sits on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and has chaired many committees for the American Public Transportation Association, including a 3 year term on the Executive Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Denver Intermodal Transportation Institute and served on the Executive Board of The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Internationally he continues to serve on the Policy Board of the UITP, the international public transit association and is the Chair of the International Sustainability Commission of that association. UTA is one of only a handful of U.S. signatories to the International Charter on Transportation Sustainability along with over 150 international transit organizations.
- In retirement Mr. Inglish serves on several private sector Boards including the Board of Advisors of the American arm of Veolia Transportation, the Board of Directors of WAVE, an induction charging new technology start-up and most recently on the Advisory Board of Smart Drive Systems, an industry using new video and monitoring technology to improve fleet operations.
Vice President, WiTricity
David joined WiTricity in 2008 as Director of Business Development and Marketing. Prior to joining WiTricity, David was V.P. of Corporate Development at Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), the world’s leading supplier of machine vision systems. David joined Cognex in 1983, soon after the company was founded and during the infancy of the machine vision and robotics industry. As VP of Marketing at Cognex, he was architect and implementer of Cognex’s OEM business model, which positioned the company for its successful IPO in 1989. As V.P. of Corporate Development, he led the acquisition and integration of 12 companies, contributing to the growth of Cognex to over $220M in annual revenues.
David serves on the Advisory Boards of EnergyClimate Solutions, and Reify Corp., and is co-author of seven patents. David holds a B.S. (1979) in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an M.S. (1983) in Management from the Sloan School, MIT.
Wireless Charging and EV Public Policy: A Look into the Future
Moderator: Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
President, Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA)
Brian Wynne is the President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). Appointed in April 2004, he acts as chief staff executive of this member-based international organization, which promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles and infrastructure.
Mr. Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained in leadership roles with trade associations and public-private partnerships. He has previously served as Senior Vice President for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Prior to that role, he led a global technology association as CEO of AIM International, Inc. Mr. Wynne started his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Percy and has served on several not-for-profit Boards.
Currently, Mr. Wynne serves on the Committee of 100 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Industry Advisory Board for the GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and recently served a term on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee as a key representative for the electric drive industry. In June 2011 he was named to Automotive News’ “Electrifying 100” list of most influential leaders of vehicle electrification. He also serves as the President of the GoElectricDrive Foundation.
Mr. Wynne holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.
Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Vice President, Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition
Janet F. Kavinoky is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy, funding, and finance and leads the U.S. Chamber’s efforts related to maintaining, modernizing, and expanding transportation and infrastructure.
Kavinoky is vice president of the Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, a nationwide effort by business, labor, transportation organizations, and concerned citizens to advocate for improved and increased federal investment in the nation’s aging and overburdened transportation system.
In addition, Kavinoky developed and leads the Chamber’s Let’s Rebuild America (LRA) initiative to raise the profile of infrastructure issues, broaden stakeholder engagement, and create new opportunities for businesses to influence public policy. As part of LRA, Kavinoky guided a multidisciplinary team to develop the groundbreaking Transportation Performance Index. The Index assesses the degree to which surface, air, and water transportation systems are meeting business and economic demands and correlates improvement and decline with economic indicators.
As executive director in the Chamber’s Congressional and Public Affairs Division, Kavinoky leads all transportation strategy, policy, and lobbying efforts. She has expertise in developing consensus policy positions among diverse stakeholders and lobbying Congress and executive branch agencies on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters relating to surface, air, and water transportation.
Kavinoky was honored by the Journal of Commerce as one of the 10 “most influential people in transportation” in 2010. She is the primary Chamber spokesperson on transportation and infrastructure issues with extensive national, regional, and local media exposure on TV and in print and social media. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and events across the country.
Before coming to the Chamber, Kavinoky served as project director for business development and transportation finance at the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, as a consultant at the California Department of Transportation, and as special assistant to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Kavinoky received her bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of Wyoming, where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., living on Capitol Hill.
President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Joshua L. Schank is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy.
Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.
Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
Manager, Vehicle Systems, Vehicle Technologies Program, US Department of Energy
Lee Slezak manages the Vehicle Systems Activities for the Vehicle Technologies Programs within the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Lee is responsible for oversight of $400 million in Transportation Electrification Recovery Act Funding. Lee is also responsible for all computer modeling and simulation activities used by the Department to predict the application and performance of advanced vehicular technologies. In addition, Lee’s responsibilities include laboratory and field evaluations of advanced technology components and vehicles, vehicle systems optimization research, and code and standards activities related to electric drive vehicles. Lee has been with the Department of Energy for more than 18 years and has worked with Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Advanced Vehicle Technologies for more than 21 years.
Issues and Challenges of Infrastructure Integration
Moderator: Kevin Womack, Associate Administrator for Research, Development and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation
Associate Administrator for Research, Development and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation
On August 15, 2011 Dr. Womack began his tenure as the Associate Administrator for Research, Development and Technology within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to accepting this position he was a Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Utah Transportation Center at Utah State University, where he began work in 1989. Also while at Utah State University he served in the university’s central administration as an Associate Vice-President for Business and Finance.
Dr. Womack received his Bachelor of Science degree (1980) and Ph.D. degree (1989, civil engineering) from Oregon State University, with a Master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1985).
Outside of academia Dr. Womack served as an AAAS Congressional Fellow, with sponsorship by the American Society of Civil Engineers, in 2001-2002. He worked for Senators James Jeffords and Harry Reid as majority staff (Democrats) on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. His primary responsibility for EPW was to draft the research title of the Senate version of the surface transportation authorization bill known as SAFETEA.
Dr. Womack recently completed his term as one of two At-Large Directors for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His term as an At-Large Director ran from October, 2009 to October of 2011. He was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers in April of 2010.
Dr. Womack’s past activities include a six year term on the ASCE National Transportation Policy Committee (3 years as chair, ended in November 2008); service as the ASCE Student Chapter advisor for Utah State University for seven years (1989-1996); and a six year term on the National Academies Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (advisory to the FHWA).
Dr. Womack is a registered professional engineer in the State of Oregon.
President and CEO, (IRD) International Road Dynamics Inc.
International Road Dynamics Inc. (IRD) is a publically traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) trading symbol: ird. The Company was incorporated in 1980 with the Corporate head office located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA. As well, IRD has a US office in Spring Grove, Illinois, with subsidiaries in India and Chile with strategic alliances overseas. Terry Bergan, President & CEO, is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan CANADA holding a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As President & CEO, Mr. Bergan is responsible for directing all levels of corporate planning, operation controls and strategic initiatives. Mr. Bergan participates on the Board of Directors for IRD Inc. (Canada), IRD Corp. (USA), as well as wholly owned subsidiaries PAT Compania Ltda. (PAT Traffic Chile), PAT Traffic Mexico S.A. de C.V., IRD South Asia Private Ltd. (IRDSA), and Xuzhou PAT Control Ltd. (XPCT 50% partnership joint venture for IRD). Mr. Bergan has also participated on many industry Boards and Committees such as ITS America. ITS Canada, International Roads Federation (IRF), American Society of Testing of Materials (ASTM) and written and co-written several published technical papers.
Deputy Director, Utah Department of Transportation
Carlos Braceras has served as UDOT’s Deputy Director and Chief Engineer since 2001. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Geology and working as a geologist for several years, he went back to school at the University of Utah earning his Civil Engineering Degree. He joined the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in 1986. He has served in several other UDOT positions, including Region Director, Project Manager for Legacy Parkway, and Chief Geotechnical Engineer. In 1998 he was named as the “State of Utah Governor's Manager of the Year.”
Founder & CEO, Momentum Dynamics Corporation
Andy Daga is the Founder and CEO of Momentum Dynamics Corporation, a developer of wireless charging and power electronics technologies for the automotive and transportation markets. This revolutionary technology operates wirelessly allowing both passenger-class and commercial fleet vehicles to be charged safely and effortlessly in all weather and without direct supervision.
Before taking the helm of Momentum Dynamics, Mr. Daga was a leading consultant to NASA and the US Department of Defense. He contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and to future mission planning studies. His work with NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force led to the development of novel concepts for wireless power transmission.
Mr. Daga’s experience as a senior corporate manager at Bentley Systems, Inc., a leading developer of software for building, transportation, and electrical utility infrastructure helped him to successfully conceive and implement innovative marketing and business development strategies. He also guided the implementation of new software licensing plans, and successfully negotiated new and key strategic partnerships.
During his tenure as a professional architect and engineer, Mr. Daga managed and contributed to the design and successful completion of multiple international energy development projects, including power generation plants in Asia and the United States.
With his internationally diversified experience managing complex multidisciplinary challenges, Mr. Daga now leads a team of electronics engineers, automotive experts, electrochemists, mechanical and civil engineers, and software developers to create fully integrated solutions for connecting mobile vehicles to the stationary power grid.
Mr. Daga attended the University of North Dakota, Spring Garden College and Cornell University, and holds degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture, and space science and technology.
Synergies between Electric Roads and Vehicle Automation
Moderator: Steve Shladover, Program Manager, Mobility, University of California PATH Program
Program Manager, Mobility, University of California PATH Program
Dr. Steven Shladover is the Program Manager, Mobility at the California PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the PATH Program in 1989, after eleven years at Systems Control, Inc. and Systems Control Technology, Inc., where he led the company’s efforts in transportation systems engineering and computer-aided control engineering software products. Dr. Shladover received all of his degrees in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in dynamic systems and control, from M.I.T., where he began conducting research on vehicle automation in 1973. He has been active in ASME (former Chairman of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division), SAE (ITS Division) and the Transportation Research Board (Chairman of the Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and member of the Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation from its founding until 2010), and was the chairman of the Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America from its founding in 1991 until 1997. Dr. Shladover leads the U.S. delegation to ISO/TC204/WG14, which is developing international standards for “vehicle-roadway warning and control systems”.
Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford – CARS
Since 2008 Dr. Beiker has been overseeing the strategic planning, resources management, and project incubation for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). Besides managing the industry relationships, he holds teaching positions at Stanford's School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. He was instrumental in launching research programs at Stanford University in "Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving" and "Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle" as well as "The Revs Program at Stanford" and the "Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab". Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Beiker worked at the BMW Group for more than 13 year where his responsibilities included technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He holds several patents in chassis and powertrain technologies.
Vice President of Strategic Development, Qualcomm
Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird joined Qualcomm Technologies Inc. as a VP of Strategic Development in August 2012 and is responsible for developing and implementing a transportation vision around wireless technologies (both wireless power for electric vehicles and wireless communications between vehicles).
Prior to this, Dr. Borroni-Bird was GM’s Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts and Electric Networked Vehicle (EN-V) Program. The EN-V concepts are small battery powered urban mobility vehicles that can be driven autonomously and were demonstrated extensively at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Chris was selected as one of Automotive News’ Electrifying 100 in 2011. He also led GM’s Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel “skateboard” vehicle concepts.
Before joining GM in 2000, he led Chrysler’s gasoline fuel cell vehicle development and was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame as a Young Leader in 2000.
Dr. Borroni-Bird is co-author of “Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century”, with Larry Burns and the late Bill Mitchell, that was published by MIT Press in 2010.
Chris obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Natural Sciences from King's College, Cambridge, completed his Ph.D in Surface Science from Cambridge University and performed Post-doctoral research in solid state physics from the University of Tokyo.
Manager, North America New Technology, Technology Strategy and Innovation, Research and Development, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Paul Schmitt is currently the North America Regional Manager at Volvo Research and Development, focusing on innovation and research in the areas of Intelligent Vehicles and Automation.
His professional experience includes work in the areas of External Collaboration and Innovation and Competitive Technology intelligence for Volvo as well as Project Management for Ford Motor focusing on Active Safety, Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, F-150 Stability Control Systems and E-350 Roll Stability Control.
He has presented at numerous conferences and has several patents or pending patents in the area of stability control, trailer control, and active safety. Awards received include the prestigious Henry Ford Technology Award and Ford Motor Chassis Technical Excellence Award.
Mr. Schmitt received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Business Administration from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
Emerging International Standards
Moderator: Jesse Schneider, BMW & Chair, SAE Charging and Alignment Taskforce
BMW & Chair, SAE Charging and Alignment Taskforce
Over 18 years in the automotive industry, Mr. Schneider held a number of leading engineering project roles in the area of electric and fuel cell vehicles internally at German OEMs and suppliers. Prior to this, he worked in conventional vehicle engineering production projects from systems development to full vehicle integration. He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and also has a diploma in electronics.
Externally, he has served externally in several standard organizations teams and partnerships, such as the Society of Automotive Engineers, US Department of Energy Technology Teams, USCAR, and the California Fuel Cell Vehicle Partnership.
Since 2001, Mr. Schneider has spearheaded a number of worldwide-first industry collaborative efforts to bring zero emission vehicles to market within these organizations. Specifically, he established the first FCEV emergency response guidelines, unified fueling connector, vehicle-stations communications and fueling protocol and quality for the hydrogen which are now harmonized worldwide between ISO & SAE.
Jesse Schneider is currently the Manager of Development for EV, Fuel Cells and standards for the BMW North America. He recently moved from BMW’s central office Group’s Clean Energy Systems Department in Munich, Germany where, he was responsible for technical specifications for the high voltage electric, storage systems, fuel cell and vehicle integration.
Seeing it as a technology enabler, in 2010, Jesse Schneider established the SAE J2954, the Wireless Charging and Alignment Taskforce, a coalition of automotive OEMs, wireless charging suppliers, infrastructure efforts, universities, and national laboratories from around the globe working together to make an international standard.
Principal Engineer - Automotive Equipment and Associated Technologies, Product Safety, UL LLC
Joe Bablo is a Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) with Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Joe is the PDE for Automotive Equipment and Associated Technologies, which spans products from gasoline dispensers to Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment. Joe has been with UL 17 years, the last 10 in his current role. In addition, Joe serves as a committee member for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as well as a committee member in IEC committees for conductive charging and wireless charging of electric vehicles. Joe also serves as an alternate to Code Making Panel 12 as a technical expert for Article 625 of the National Electrical Code. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Senior Director of Technology, Qualcomm
Mark Klerer is a Senior Director of Technology at Qualcomm where he shares in the responsibilities of the standardization of wireless technologies, smart grid activities and wireless electric vehicle charging technologies. His current responsibilities include standardization activities dealing with wireless charging of EVs.
Mark was Vice-chair of the US Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and also a sub-task-force leader on communications in support of Wireless Charging of Electric vehicles in the SAE J2954 Task Force as well as the J2836 Task Force. Mark is also a member of IEC TC 69 and the steering committee of the ANSI EVSP.
Mark has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University.