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.
Constantine Samaras is an engineer at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct assistant professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He researches how policy actions and research and development investments affect energy pathways and security, infrastructure requirements, economic and innovation outcomes, and life-cycle environmental impacts. He has extensive experience analyzing advanced technology deployment in the transportation and electricity systems and has published studies exploring the life-cycle environmental, economic, and policy aspects of electric vehicles, hydrogen, and biomass, as well as renewable and conventional electricity and fuels. He received a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy and civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
R. Rhoads Stephenson is currently a technology consultant. Previously, he held a number of positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Martin Marietta Corporation. At JPL, the positions in which he served included deputy director and acting director, technology and applications programs; manager, electronics and control division; deputy manager, control and energy conversion division; and manager, systems analysis section. He also served as associate administrator for research and development at NHTSA, and while at Martin Marietta Corporation he worked on energy conversion devices for space power. He has been a consultant to the Motor Vehicle Fire Research Institute, has been providing peer reviews of automotive safety issues, and has recently published a number of papers on crash-induced fire safety issues with motor vehicles, including hydrogen-fueled vehicles. He recently (2010-2011) was acting associate director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology. He has extensive expertise in vehicle safety analysis, advanced technology systems, energy conversion