Rodica Baranescu (NAE) is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, she was manager of the Fuels and Lubricants and Engine Group of the International Truck and Engine Corporation in Melrose Park, IL. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker on technical issues related to mobility technology, environmental control, fuels, and energy. She has extensive expertise in diesel-engine technology and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 “for research leading to effective and environmentally sensitive diesel and alternative-fuel engines and leadership in automotive engineering”. She is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers International, of which she was president in 2000. In 2003, she received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Internal Combustion Engine Award. Dr. Baranescu received her MS and PhD in mechanical engineering in 1961 and 1970, respectively, from Politehnica University in Bucharest, Romania, where she also served as assistant professor (1964-1968), lecturer (1970-1974), and associate professor (1974-1978).
Jay Baron is president of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and director of CAR’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Group. Dr. Baron’s recent research has focused on developing new methods for the analysis and validation of sheet-metal processes, including die-making, tool and die tryout, and sheet-metal assembly processes. He developed functional build procedures that result in lower tooling costs and shorter development lead times while improving quality—particularly of sheet-metal assemblies. He has been researching new technologies in the automotive industry, including looking at body-shop design and flexibility and evaluating the manufacturing capability of evolving technologies. He recently completed investigations on the state-of-the-art of tailor-welded blank technologies, the economics of weld-bond adhesives, and the analysis of car-door quality and construction methods. Before becoming Director of Manufacturing Systems at CAR and subsequently president, Dr. Baron was the manager of manufacturing systems at the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He also worked for Volkswagen of America in quality assurance and as staff engineer and project manager at the Industrial Technology Institute in Ann Arbor and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Manufacturing Productivity in Troy, NY. Dr. Baron holds a PhD and a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Patrick F. Flynn (NAE) is retired vice president for research at Cummins Engine Company, Inc. Among other professional associations, Dr. Flynn was on the executive advisory board of the U.S. Army University Research Initiative and the advisory board for the Department of Energy’s combustion-research facility at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Flynn is a member of the Combustion Institute and a registered professional engineer in Indiana. He has served on a number of National Research Council boards and committees, including the Board on Army Science and Technology, the Committee on Portable Energy Sources for the Objective Force Warrior (of which he was chair), the Committee on the Future of Personal Transport in China, and the Committee on Army after Next Logistics. He has expertise in diesel-engine design, mechanical engineering, and integrated power systems. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from Indiana University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
David Friedman is research director of the Clean Vehicles Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Washington, D.C. He is the author or coauthor of more than 30 technical papers and reports on advancements in conventional, fuel-cell, and hybrid electric vehicles and alternative energy sources with an emphasis on clean and efficient technologies. Before joining UCS in 2001, he worked for the University of California, Davis (UCD) in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling Program, developing simulation tools to evaluate fuel-cell technology for automotive applications. He worked on the UCD FutureCar team to build a hybrid electric family car that doubled its fuel economy. He previously worked at Arthur D. Little, researching fuel-cell, battery electric, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies and photovoltaics. He was a member of the National Research Council Panel on the Benefits of Fuel Cell