Committee Biographical Sketches
Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE) is executive director and chief technologist at the Delphi Corporation, where he reports to CEO/president and division presidents on matters of innovation and technology. He represents Delphi globally in outside forums on matters of technology and innovation, including government and regulatory agencies, customers, alliance partners, vendors, contracting agencies, and academia. Previously, he was responsible for leading Delphi’s engineering community of 17,000 engineers and scientists with a budget of nearly $2 billion annually. Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the General Motors Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he served as director of strategic futures and research and was responsible for managing GM’s envisioning process and directing various research projects. He served as manager of Saturn car facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn he was on the Site Selection Team and was responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of this innovative manufacturing facility. Dr. Brown began his GM career as a project engineer in manufacturing development in 1973. He progressed in the engineering field as a senior project engineer, staff development engineer, and manager of R&D for the manufacturing staff. During this period he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on energy systems, productivity improvement, and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Inc., in Morristown, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Wayne State University (WSU) in 1971. He received a master of business administration in finance and marketing from WSU in 1975 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on energy and environmental engineering from the University of Detroit, Mercy, in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered professional engineer, Dr. Brown earned a doctorate of engineering in 1992. He is currently or has served on the boards of the following organizations: Society of Automotive Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit, Convergence Education Foundation, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Convergence Transportation Electronics Foundation, National Council of Engineering Examiners, State of Michigan Board of Professional Engineers, and the WSR College of Engineering Board of Advisors. Dr. Brown has been an adjunct professor at WSU, the University of Michigan, and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). As an ordained deacon, he has conducted religious/medical missions in Jamaica and South Africa.
Dennis N. Assanis (NAE) is the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering in the Mechanical Engineering Department; director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, co-director of the General Motors Engine Systems Research Collaborative Research Laboratory; and director of the W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Dr. Assanis is recognized internationally for his innovative development of modeling methodologies and experimental techniques that have shed light on complex thermal, fluid, and chemical phenomena that occur in internal combustion engines and exhaust aftertreatment systems, with applications to design integration and control of complex and hybrid power train systems. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008 for scientific contributions to improving fuel economy and reducing emissions of internal combustion engines and for promoting automotive engineering education. His Ph.D. (power and propulsion) was awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He holds three MIT M.S. degrees: one in management, from the Sloan School of Management, 1986; one in mechanical engineering, 1982; and one in naval architecture and marine engineering. He also earned a B.Sc. in marine engineering from Newcastle University in 1980.
Roger Bezdek is president of Management Information Services, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. Dr. Bezdek has 30 years experience in consulting and management in the energy, utility, environmental, and regulatory areas. He has served as corporate director, corporate president and CEO, university professor, research director at
the Energy Research and Development Administration/Department of Energy, senior advisor on energy in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, and as a participant in the U.S. State Department’s AMPART program for Asia. He has been a consultant to the White House, federal and state government agencies, and various corporations and research organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences. His consulting background includes energy technology and market forecasting, estimating costs and benefits of environmental legislation and regulation, assessment of energy and environmental R&D programs, and energy price and market forecasting. A recent study he conducted evaluated the costs and benefits of light-duty fuel economy standards. He also served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States. Dr. Bezdek received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Nigel N. Clark is professor and director of the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and holds the George Berry Chair of Engineering, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, University of West Virginia (UWV). He has also held assistant and associate professor positions there. Previous positions include factory survey engineer with the Water Research Commission, Durban, South Africa, and contract researcher for the Council for Mineral Technology, Durban, South Africa. Dr. Clark’s areas of interest include vehicle design, advanced vehicle concepts, alternative fuels, and measurement and reduction of vehicle emissions. He has published extensively in the areas of particle science and multiphase systems. He has conducted research and published in the areas of fuel economy and emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, including buses and heavy hybrid vehicles. He received the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Outstanding Researcher Award and the Researcher of the Year Award from the UWV, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. He has a Ph.D. in engineering and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Thomas M. Corsi is professor and co-director of the Supply Chain Management Center, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He joined the Robert H. Smith School of Business in 1976 as a professor of logistics and transportation. He served as chairperson of the Logistics and Transportation Group from 1986 through 1994. During that time the group received recognition from the Transportation Journal as the most prolific faculty group in the nation based on published research in the field. He is an associate editor of the Logistics and Transportation Review and serves on the editorial review board of the Transportation Journal. He has authored more than 100 articles on logistics and transportation. He has consulted for such organizations as the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Maryland State Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Truck Stop Operators, United Parcel Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army Logistics Agency. He has authored three books: The Economic Effects of Surface Freight Deregulation (Brookings Institution, 1990), Logistics and the Extended Enterprise: Benchmarks and Best Practices for the Manufacturing Professional (John Wiley & Sons, 1999), and In Real Time: Managing the New Supply Chain (Praeger Books, 2004). He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Duke Drinkard is retired and works part-time as president of the 21st Century Driver and Truck Alliance and as an energy consultant. After high school he worked for Southeastern Freight Lines for 48 years in various jobs, including; dock worker, all jobs in the maintenance shop, pickup and delivery driver, road driver, dock foreman, driver trainer, building maintenance, real estate, field engineer, director of maintenance, and vice president of maintenance. He was a member of the North Carolina Maintenance Council, founding member of the South Carolina Maintenance Council, and past member of the RCCC and ATA’s TAG committee. He served in all positions, including chair of the TMC and the South Carolina Maintenance Council, chair of the Future Truck Committee and VMRS Committee, and vice chair of the S-6 and S-12 study groups of TMC, and he currently cochairs the Far Horizons Committee and is a member of the S-11 Energy Conservation Study Group. He has made presentations before many groups, including the Society of Automotive Engineers and the New Zealand Safety Council. He holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Midland Technical College.
David E. Foster is professor of mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and director of the Engine Research Center. A member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin since completing his Ph.D., Dr. Foster teaches and conducts research in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, internal combustion engines, and emission formation processes. His work has focused specifically on perfecting the application of optical diagnostics in engine systems and the incorporation of simplified or phenomenological models of emission formation processes into engineering simulations. He is a recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Award, the Forest R. McFarland Award, and the Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is an SAE Fellow. He has served on a number of National Research Council committees including the Committee on Review of the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles and the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and has won departmental, engineering society, and university awards for his classroom teaching. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from
the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Roger D. Fruechte retired from General Motors in 2003 as director of the Electrical and Controls Integration Lab at GM’s R&D center in Warren, Michigan, and as co-director of the Collaborative Research Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University. He was responsible for research in the areas of active safety, including crash avoidance, vehicle electrical architecture, chassis and power train control, hybrid vehicles, and telematics. He began his career with GM as a development engineer with the Delco Electronics Division in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then spent 31 years at the GM R&D center working on various automotive control system projects and intelligent transportation systems. He currently serves as a member of the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award Board for SAE, as a design judge for the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, and as a member of Kettering University’s ECE Industrial Advisory Board. He received the B.E.E. from Kettering University, an M.S.E.E. from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a specialty in automatic control from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ron Graves is director of the Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center (FEERC) with programmatic, technical, and strategic responsibility for this U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) User Facility and the numerous projects conducted therein. He joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 1976. He was national project manager for the DOE Alternative Fuels Utilization Program from 1984 to 1990, during which he started the fuels-engine laboratory at ORNL that grew to be FEERC. He was technical manager of DOE’s earliest projects in diesel emission controls. He was chosen by DOE to be technical coordinator for the Diesel Crosscut Team in 1997 and continues in that role. He was a member of the DOE/Industry Advanced-Petroleum Based Fuels Steering Committee, the DOE program that contributed heavily to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule for lowering sulfur in diesel fuel in December 2000. Dr. Graves is ORNL’s representative to the 21st Century Truck Partnership “Lab Council” and is responsible for facilitating the engine-fuels efforts in that government-industry initiative. He was a major contributor to DOE’s heavy vehicle R&D plans from 1983 to 1997 and then authored the emission-control sections of the 21st Century Truck Technical Roadmap in 2000. He is an invited member of the FreedomCAR Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Tech Team and also a member of the Coordinating Research Council Working Group on Advanced Vehicle Fuels and Lubricants. He has a record of over 55 publications and reports that encompass subjects in fossil energy, internal combustion engines, fuels, and materials. He is a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has organized or chaired over 20 technical sessions at technical conferences. He has three patents, with an additional one in progress. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Tennessee and has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Garrick Hu retired in 2008 after 36 years in the commercial vehicle industry and now works as a consultant in the area of strategic technology related to heavy trucks. He last served as vice-president of global engineering for ArvinMeritor Commercial Vehicle Systems. While at ArvinMeritor he directed the concept and development of a plug-in battery electric vehicle program with Unicell and Purolator, as well as the concept and development of a dual-mode hybrid electric Class 8 vehicle in partnership with International Truck and Engine, Cummins Engine Company, and WalMart. Prior to joining ArvinMeritor, he was group vice-president of advanced engineering for Volvo Global Trucks. He also served as a group vice-president for the Renault/Mack Group and as senior vice-president for Mack Truck Company. He has also worked as director of advanced vehicle systems concepts and development for International Truck and Engine Company. He was director of engineering at Kenworth Truck Company and general manager of the Paccar Technical Center. He has served as vice-chair of the Truck Manufacturers Association and as chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers Vehicle Dynamics subcommittee. He is on the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and serves on the visiting committee of the University of Michigan Dearborn College of Engineering. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Chapman College.
John H. Johnson is a presidential professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University (MTU), and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His experience spans a wide range of analysis and experimental work related to advanced engine concepts, diesel and other internal combustion engine emissions studies, fuel systems, and engine simulation. He was previously a project engineer with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Center and chief engineer at Applied Engine Research, the International Harvester Co., before joining the MTU mechanical engineering faculty. He served as chair of the MTU mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics department from 1986 to 1993. He has served on many committees related to engine technology, engine emissions, and health effects—for example, committees of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the National Research Council (NRC), the Combustion Institute, the Health Effects Institute, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and he serves as a consultant to a number of government and private-sector institutions. In particular, he served on the NRC Committee on Fuel Economy of Automobiles and Light Trucks, the Committee on Advanced Automotive Technologies Plan,
and the Committee on Impact and Effectiveness of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and chaired the Committee on Review of DOE’s Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies. He recently served as the chair of the NRC Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership and is a member of the NRC Committee on Technologies for Improving the Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Drew Kodjak is executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), a group of government environmental regulators and international experts from around the world who participate as individuals with a common purpose of improving the environmental performance and efficiency of vehicles and fuels. Prior to joining the ICCT in 2005, Mr. Kodjak served as program director for the D.C.-based National Commission on Energy Policy, a bipartisan 16-member commission of energy experts that released a highly influential report, Ending the Energy Stalemate, in December 2004. Earlier, Mr. Kodjak spent several years as an attorney-advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his tenure with the EPA, Mr. Kodjak was awarded the Gold Medal for his work on the heavy-duty diesel rule. Mr. Kodjak is a member of bar associations in Minnesota, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
David F. Merrion is chair of David F. Merrion, LLC, chair of Green Vision Technology, and a member of the board of directors of Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. and Hy-Drive Technologies, Ltd. He retired as executive vice president of engineering for Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC). His positions at DDC included staff engineer, emissions and combustion; staff engineer, research and development; chief engineer, applications; director, diesel engineering; general director, engineering (engines and transmissions); and senior vice president, engineering. He has extensive expertise in the research, development, and manufacturing of advanced diesel engines, including alternative fueled engines. He is a Society of Automotive Engineers fellow and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as former president of the Engine Manufacturers Association and as a member of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mobile Sources Technical Advisory Committee, the Coordinating Research Council, and the U.S. Alternate Fuels Council. He served on the National Research Council’s Standing Committee to Review the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program and more recently as a member of the Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership. He is a consultant to the DDC, which included compliance auditor for the consent decree signed with EPA/California Air Resources Board/Department of Justice in 1998. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute/Kettering University and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas E. Reinhart is program manager, Engine Design & Development, Engine, Emissions, and Vehicle Research Division, Southwest Research Institute. His previous positions were with Cummins, Inc., Columbus, Indiana, 1980-2000 (Noise, Vibration and Harshness [NVH] engineer, 1980-1984; senior engineer, Midrange Engine NVH, 1984-1987; manager, Noise and Vibration Technology, 1987-1994; director, Noise and Vibration Technology, 1994-2000); Roush Industries, Inc., Livonia, Michigan, program manager—Powertrain NVH, 2001-2004; and Visteon Corporation, Van Buren Township, Michigan, senior manager—chassis systems NVH, 2004-2005. He leads projects in engine design, performance, and emissions development and gasoline and diesel engine NVH improvement. He has led a number of programs, including several emissions reduction projects and the clean sheet design and development of a new off-highway diesel engine. Mr. Reinhart has over 25 years of experience in diesel engine and power train 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. He 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 transmissions and fuel cell vehicle power trains. He is a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration. He is also a member of the board of directors of INCE. He has been a member of the organizing committee for the SAE Noise and Vibration Conference since 2002 and chair of the Diesel Noise session at this conference since 2003. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Aymeric P. Rousseau is manager of the Advanced Power-train Vehicle Modeling Team at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his engineering diploma at the Industrial System Engineering School in La Rochelle, France, in 1997. After working for PSA Peugeot Citroen for several years in the hybrid electric vehicle research department, he joined Argonne National Laboratory where he is now responsible for development of the Powertrain System Analysis Toolkit (PSAT). PSAT is the primary vehicle model for all Freedom-CAR and 21st Century Truck Partnership activities by the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and counts several hundred users. PSAT is currently used by the DOE to support the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. He was awarded an R&D 100 Award in 2004, presented to the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes introduced into the market each year for the development of PSAT. PSAT is currently used by more than 130 companies worldwide with more than 750 users. He also has helped to provide direction to DOE’s R&D activities with the publication of dozens of technical papers.
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 Protections 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 power train duty cycle test procedure development for comparative fuel consumption (EPA/industry/HTUF). 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.
James J. Winebrake is chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society/Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Dr. Winebrake focuses his research on solving problems related to energy security, environmental quality, and transportation. He has published extensively in scholarly journals, coauthored a textbook on environmental modeling, and was editor and lead contributor for a book on alternative energy. He is also co-principal investigator on a recently awarded $2 million National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of greenhouse gas policies on the transportation sector. Dr. Winebrake’s recent research has been on sustainable goods movement, including evaluations of greenhouse gas emissions from trucks, trains, ships, and planes. At RIT, Dr. Winebrake is co-director of the Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making and director of the University-National Park Energy Partnership Program. Dr. Winebrake received a B.S. in physics from Lafayette College, an M.S. in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Woodrooffe heads the Transportation Safety Analysis Division, University of Michigan Transportation Institute (UMTRI). He is responsible for the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics, which conducts nationwide surveys of Trucks Involved in Fatal Accidents and Buses Involved in Fatal Accidents, and the Statistical Analysis Group, which performs analytical modeling and conducts research to advance statistical methods for road and vehicle safety analysis. He is an international expert on policy and safety evaluation of combination vehicles. Prior to joining UMTRI, Mr. Woodrooffe founded the Road Vehicle Research Program at the National Research Council of Canada and developed it into a successful, internationally active heavy truck research laboratory. He was a consultant to Australia’s National Road Transport Commission for a unique 3-year performance-based standards development project that produced a new performance-based regulatory system for large vehicle combinations. He has also served as chair of the Large Truck-Tractor Trailer working group for the 21st Century Truck Partnership through the U.S. Department of Energy. The program evaluated vehicle systems and forecasted the probable influence of emerging technologies on fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Mr. Woodrooffe holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Martin B. Zimmerman is Ford Motor Company Clinical Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan. His career has spanned academia, government, and business. He has served as chief economist and group vice president at Ford Motor Company, where he was responsible for corporate economics, governmental affairs, environmental and safety engineering, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Ford he taught at the Business School of the University of Michigan and at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy and also served as a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office and as a Senior Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. His research is concerned with energy policy, government regulation of business, and economic developments in the automotive industry. He earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College (1967) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975).