Thomas E. Reinhart is program manager, Engine Design & Development, Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division, Southwest Research Institute. His previous positions include: Cummins, Inc., Columbus, Indiana, 1980-2000 (NVH Engineer, 1980-1984, Senior Engineer, Midrange Engine NVH, 1984-1987, Manager, Noise & Vibration Technology, 1987-1994, Director, Noise & Vibration Technology, 1994-2000); Roush Industries, Inc., Livonia, Michigan (Program Manager-Powertrain NVH, 2001-2004), Visteon Corporation, Van Buren Township, Michigan (Senior Manager-Chassis Systems NVH, 2004-2005). He is leading projects in engine design, performance and emissions development, as well as in gasoline and diesel engine NVH improvement. He has led a number of programs, including several emissions reduction projects, as well as the clean sheet design and development of a new off-highway diesel engine. Mr. Reinhart has more than 25 years of experience in diesel engine and powertrain design, analysis, and development, with particular expertise in noise and vibration testing and analysis. He has published 14 technical papers on a range of diesel NVH topics. He has a wide range of experience in the NVH issues of applications ranging from trucks through agricultural equipment, construction, forestry, marine, rail, and military vehicles. Mr. Reinhart has worked with customers on a range of issues, including NVH, drivability, fuel consumption, and adaptation of engines to a wide range of applications. Mr. Reinhart holds four patents for ideas related to diesel engine NVH control. For several years, he was a member of Cummins’ patent review committee. His work experience also covers a wide range of development projects on gasoline and diesel engines, as well as on transmissions and on fuel cell vehicle powertrains. He is a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), SAE, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of INCE since April 2008. He has also been a member of the organizing committee for the SAE Noise & Vibration Conference since 2002, and chairman of the Diesel Noise session at this conference since 2003. He has an M.S. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University.
Bernard Robertson (NAE) is the president of BIR1, LLC, an engineering consultancy specializing in transportation and energy matters that he founded in January 2004, upon his retirement from DaimlerChrysler Corporation. During the latter part of his 38-year career in the automotive industry, Mr. Robertson was elected an officer of Chrysler Corporation in February 1992. He was appointed senior vice president coincident with the merger of Chrysler Corporation and Daimler-Benz AG in November 1998, and was named senior vice president of engineering technologies and regulatory affairs in January 2001. In his last position, he led the Liberty and Technical Affairs Research Group, Advanced Technology Management and FreedomCAR activities, and hybrid electric, battery electric, fuel cell, and military vehicle development. In addition, he was responsible for regulatory analysis and compliance for safety and emissions. Mr. Robertson holds an M.B.A. degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute, and a master’s degree in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, England. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (U.K.), a chartered engineer (U.K.), and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Charles K. Salter is retired after working 39 years with Mack Trucks, Inc./Volvo PowerTrain NA (3.5 years). His experience covers a wide range of heavy-duty diesel engine engineering and development. His most recent position was as executive director of engine development, where he was responsible for all engine/system functions (design and analysis; emissions control/fuel economy optimization; electronics system development; performance durability testing; manufacturing, supplier, sales and service liaison). This responsibility included design and production introduction of the world’s first fully electronically controlled diesel unit pumps for 12-liter, six-cylinder engines in 1990. He jointly initiated (with Detroit Diesel) and developed, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various industry participants, a urea infrastructure for targeted 2007 calendar year engine production (then delayed to 2010). He participated in industry collaborative research through the U.S. Department of Energy Diesel Crosscut Committee, which was part of the 21st Century Truck Partnership. He was a consultant to Volvo PowerTrain NA from 2005 to 2007 on an advanced large truck diesel exhaust gas recirculation cooler vibration study/amelioration and on heavy-duty truck hybrid powertrain duty cycle test procedure development for comparative fuel consumption (EPA/industry/Hybrid Truck Users Forum). He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for 43 years; an organizer for World Congress technical sessions on heavy-duty diesel fuel injection systems for several years; and company representative to the Engine Manufacturers Association for 25 years, including 13 years on its board of directors, where he has been treasurer, vice president, and president. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in engineering, solid mechanics, from the University of Maryland.
Kathleen C. Taylor (NAE) is retired director of the Materials and Processes Laboratory at General Motors Research and Development and Planning Center in Warren, Michigan. Dr. Taylor was simultaneously chief scientist for General Motors of Canada, Ltd. in Oshawa, Ontario. Earlier Dr. Taylor was department head for physics and physical chemistry and department head for environmental sciences. Currently, Dr. Taylor serves on the DOE Hydrogen Technology