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With the following job titles:

  • Chief Engineer - Battery Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
  • Chief Engineer, Electrified Propulsion System
  • Chief Engineer, Electrical System
  • Head, EV Engineering Systems
  • Head of Vehicle Electrification Technology
  • Head of Hybrid and EV Battery System
  • Chief Scientist, Energy and Systems
  • Head of Vehicle Architecture
  • Head of Systems and Control Engineering
  • Electrification Project Engineer
  • Head of Research, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Group Product Director Hybrid and Electric Systems
  • Lead Engineer, Electrical Systems Engineering
  • Lead Engineer, Electrified Powertrain
  • Head of Body Structures / Body in White
  • Battery Electric Vehicle Global Lead Engineer
  • Global Battery Systems Engineering
  • Battery Research Engineer
  • Technical Manager - Innovation Management
  • Innovation & Technology Development Manager
  • Chief Engineer & Technical Leader - Energy Storage & Systems

Plus Companies Offering The Following Products & Solutions:

  • Battery Manufacturers
  • Thermal Management
  • Sustainable Lightweight Materials
  • Joining Technology
  • Power Train/Drive Train
  • Motors
  • Electrical & Software
  • Battery Management Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Safety Testing
  • Simulation & Modelling


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Madhusudan Raghavan

Madhusudan RaghavanGroup Manager, Battery and System Architecture

General Motors R&D

Madhu Raghavan is currently a Senior Technical Fellow at the GM R&D Center and leads the Battery and System Architecture Group. Madhu is a proven technical leader in the area of electrified propulsion systems, with projects on 800V systems, eVTOL propulsion and rovers for space. Past projects with significant CO2 impact include microBAS, powersplit hybrid architectures, and transmission powerflow synthesis. He has 285 patents, 68 peer reviewed papers, 3 book chapters, 6000+ Google Scholar citations, 9 conference keynotes, 3 Boss Kettering awards, 2 best paper awards, as well as service awards from USCAR and IFToMM.
Madhu is a Fellow of ASME and SAE. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Oliver Gross

Oliver GrossSenior Fellow – Energy Storage and Conversion


Oliver is a Senior Fellow for Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion, at Stellantis where he is responsible for the energy storage systems technology roadmaps, innovation, and architecture. He is an OEM Lead of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Technical Advisory Committee and chairs several additional committees, including EV and manufacturing. He holds both a BS and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science, for the University of Toronto. Oliver has 30 years of experience in the advanced energy storage and fuel cell industries hold over 15 patents and have more than 30 publications.

Karl Plattenberger

Karl PlattenbergerChief Engineer – Powertrain Integration US

Quantron US, Inc.

Chief Engineer of powertrain integration for new vehicle development Quantron US, Inc. Lead application development for engine, driveline, transmission and engine controls, exhaust, air intake, HVAC. Focusing on fuel economy, emissions and performance metrics for both on-road and off-road vehicles.

Andrew Eyerman

Andrew EyermanDirector Of Cell & Battery Packs

Nxu, Inc.

Andrew Eyerman is currently serving as the Director of Cell and Battery Packs at NXU Energy Inc, where they have been employed since March 2022. In this role, I am focused on developing battery cells and packs for fast charging. Focus on cell design, chemistry, and thermal management to enable this technology. Prior to this role. Andrew has worked with several battery start-ups and has been in product development for over 15 years. Earned a BS and MS in Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and worked on his PhD in Composite Materials at Oakland University.

Trevor Wilcox

Trevor WilcoxElectrical Engineering Specialist High Voltage Battery Expert

Volkswagen of America

Trevor is the High Voltage Battery Expert for Volkswagen Group of America's Engineering and Planning Center. He supports the local launch of VW's ID.4 BEV, and leads university research collaboration projects on battery thermal modeling and second-life battery reuse. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, is currently working towards an MS Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and has seven years of experience developing high voltage battery systems for automotive and aerospace applications.

David Weir

David WeirSenior Manager Vehicle Structural Integration and Battery Frames   

Jaguar Land Rover

Body Structures Concept Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Previous experience of Safety, Durability and NVH CAE analysis. Strong engineering professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University.

Venkat Aitharaju

Venkat AitharajuTechnical Fellow 

General Motors

Dr. Venkat Aitharaju is a Technical Fellow in Polymer Composites group at General Motors Global Research and Development. He is currently responsible for development of advanced math modeling tools for simulation of composite materials. He has over 22 years of experience in General Motors in the area of design, manufacturing and CAE of metals and composites. Dr. Aitharaju is currently the Principal Investigator for a multi-year Department of Energy-funded project to develop computational simulation tools to accelerate the implementation of composites in automobiles for next level of lightweighting.

William Braff

William BraffDirector of Advanced Engineering Systems

Lucid Motors

Amit Ranjan

Amit RanjanEngineering Manager - Battery Manufacturing


Amit Ranjan is an industry expert with over 15 years of experience in automotive propulsion systems focusing on emission reduction technologies spanning from Selective Catalytic Reductions for Diesel engines to electric propulsion in battery electric vehicles.

In previous roles, Amit led the systems engineering of Ultra-high efficiency Single Module exhaust aftertreatment system for the global engine leader Cummins Inc. His contribution to the technology has enabled diesel vehicle makers Daimler, Paccar, DAF trucks & Stellantis to meet EPA emissions targets. Amit played a notable role in propulsion system development of STLA Large BEV architecture of Stellantis enabling premium European brands Alfa Romeo & Maserati & iconic American brands Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep to achieve industry leading range, efficiency and charging speeds.

In his current role, Amit is leading engineering development of battery manufacturing technologies for the distinguished EV startup Canoo. Amit comes with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Outside of Canoo, he is contributing to the legislation & policy development by United States congressmen as a constituent voice & a technology expert in the battery safety area.

Preet Gill

Preet GillLead BMS-Control Architect

Drako Motors

Preet Gill is the Lead BMS-Control Architect at Drako Motors. He received both his Ph.D. and undergraduate degree in EE- Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. Preet's years of Research and Development experience include an array of cutting-edge topics in the field of learning-based control of Energy systems - BMS, electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle.

Robert Delgado

Robert DelgadoGlobal Market Strategist, eMobility Group


Robert Delgado brings 13 years of manufacturing experience to his global market strategist role at Graco Inc., a global leader in transferring and applying industrial materials. An expert in consumer behavior, design trends, project management and application development for eMobility, Delgado is motivated by finding process solutions to electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s toughest challenges.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from California State University, Northridge, he earned a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Graco, Robert spent four years in e-commerce operations with Nuance Communications.

Joachim Kupe

Joachim KupeHead of Systems Engineering,Head of R&D Mildhybrid eDrives Segment & Battery Segment -NA


Dr. Joachim Kupe is an Innovation and Development Leader with experience in managing global culturally diverse cross-functional teams, innovating new components and systems, and leveraging technological and engineering expertise to position organizations for success.

Under his leadership as Chief Engineer – Advanced Powertrain Technology at Delphi, he developed advanced powertrain components and subsystems, including electric machines.

 As a Director-Advanced Systems Engineering at Cummins Inc., he led the Systems Engineering and Integration of vehicle electrification architectures as well as key components development such as HV/LV Inverters, Export Power Converter, and DC/DC Converters. He also issued a report on the Energy Storage Systems State of Technology and the ESS State at Cummins, and proposed a roadmap and an implementation plan for Cummins ESS Solutions.

As Head of Systems Engineering and Head of Engineering – Mild Hybrid eDrives and Battery Systems -NA at Continental Automotive Systems, he led the effort to   launch the 48V BSG with Stellantis as well as the development of the wireless BMS paving the way for a big business award in North America. Most recently, he has been assigned to lead Systems Engineering and Software Engineering for Electric Dives for North America.

He holds a Doctorate Degree in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH Technical University Aachen, Germany.

Nathan Saliga

Nathan SaligaChief Engineer

Our Next Energy

Nathan is the Chief Engineer for Our Next Energy’s Aries I all LFP battery.  He also leads the systems engineering team. 

Nathan has 10 years of experience working in the Automotive Industry, ranging from vehicle assembly plants, to vehicle calibration, to high voltage battery design.

Nathan achieved his bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University in Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds a Masters Degree Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Oakland University.

Dr. Lei Shi

Dr. Lei ShiChief Technology Officer

Nuola Auto

Ph.D., in Automobile Engineering, from the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiaotong University. ASME/SAE Member. He had worked on the core technology research and product development at Ford Global Research and Innovation Center in North American and Great Motor R&D in China, mainly responsible for vehicle integration, virtual digital prototype, vehicle lightweight and architecture development etc. He has published more than 20 research papers and has been invited as a keynote speaker more than 30 times to present at home and abroad in cross-disciplinary fields of automotive industry and mechanical engineering communities. He served as reviewer of the internationally renowned journal SAE WORLD CONGRESS/ENG. OPTIMIZ/STRUCT. MULTIDISCIP. OPTIMIZ/INT.J CRASHWOETHINESS etc., won the SAE International Technical Awards several times, obtained the technology achievement award of “Reliability-based technology for vehicle lightweight design” in Ford Motor Global Research and Innovation Center and award for “Excellent Mentor” in R&D center of Great Wall Motor. Additionally, he has published two books: “Vehicle Materials and Lightweight Trend” and “Vehicle Safety Simulation and Design Optimization”.

Elizabeth Knazs

Elizabeth KnazsBusiness Development Manager-OEM/EV/Battery

H.B. Fuller

With over 20 years of experience in the Chemical industry working with adhesives and sealants, Elizabeth drives innovation to provide solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. Elizabeth has held a variety of positions while working at Dow Chemical, ranging from Analytical Chemist, Application Specialist, Technical Service, Quality Coordinator, Quality/Analytical Leader and is now focused on electric vehicles and batteries at H.B. Fuller. She is focused on providing innovative adhesive technologies for the electrical vehicle and battery and has received 3 patents and several awards. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, which she received from Louisiana State University.

Alper Gulyaz

Alper GulyazR&D Battery Mechanical Engineer

SUNUM-Sabanci University 

Gurkan Yilmazoglu

Gurkan YilmazogluSenior Technical Specialist


I am currently working as a Senior Technical Specialist – in metal materials- at Tofaş-FCA. I am the leader of the metal & metal joining for Tofaş produced vehicles.  Focusing on the new metal material and joining development, validation, and diagnosis tests. Also managing cost and weight-saving projects about metal materials and joinings.

I am also research and innovation activities responsible for Total Vehicle Integration directorates. I am following research projects, calls, patents, and articles for teams. I am searching for the potential for these areas.

I received my undergraduate degree in Material Science and Engineering field. My master's degree in Nanotechnology area about size and shape control metal oxide nanopowder production for the defense and cosmetic industry and their characterization. Currently, I am studying on residual stress of metal materials as a Ph.D. thesis

Cemre Sila Atiglan

Cemre Sila AtiglanSustainable Product Development Engineer 

Ford Otosan

-Responsible for Component/Product/Vehicle Life Cycle Assessment projects
-Scopes 3 Purchasing goods & EoL carbon emission calculation, verification and report
-Responsible for EU founded projects about LCA, circular economy and sustainability materials
(member of EU Horizon PEACOC and BATRAW project)
- Assist preparing of a decarbonized and carbon neutral future by assessing their current ESG impacts, creating Science-Based Targets, and engaging effectively with key stakeholders
- Assist Sustainability Report, Carbon Disclosure Project Integration & Preparation & Share
-Dow Jones Sustainability Index Product Development Question Set preparation & data collection
-Carry out secondary life and recycling applications of end of life EV batteries
-Carry out industry benchmarking and advise on new materials, circular economy, ESG best practices, production processes, emerging trends and innovation

Nir Kahn

Nir KahnDirector of Design


Huseyin Yigit Cem

Huseyin Yigit CemSustainable Product Development Engineer

Ford Otosan

Jay Hwang

Jay HwangSenior Research Analyst

S&P Global Mobility (formerly IHS Markit) 

Prior to joining S&P Global, Jay worked as a Market Research Analyst for Samsung SDI America, mainly focused on providing vehicle sales forecast & collaboration strategies for xEV customers in North America.

Jay has been dedicated to xEV research since 2014 when he started working as an Equity Research Analyst at CLSA. He continued his research on xEV OEMs, battery supply chain and charging throughout his finance career at sell-side equity research, mutual fund and hedge fund before joining Samsung.

He holds an MBA degree in Economics and Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor's and Master of Science degree in Materials Science from Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea) and has 3 years of work experience as an engineer in OLED display.

Arwed Niestroj

Arwed NiestrojSVP E-mobility and Product

Sakuú Corp.

In May 2021 Arwed Niestroj has been assigned General Manager Battery Business
Unit at Sakuu, following his role as Sakuu’s Chief Operating Officer from 2019. Sakuu
is reinventing large-scale, sustainable battery technology and manufacturing. He has
also been a member of the Advisory Board of Predii and HyPoint for several years.
In 2018 he was responsible for the global innovation hubs and digital transformation
of ZF Friedrichshafen AG globally, driving the company’s innovation and
transformation efforts.
From December 2014 to 2017 Arwed Niestroj was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research
and Development North America (MBRDNA) in California, comprising all R&D
activities of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in North America, ranging from
technology research, digital technologies, self-driving cars, powertrain engineering,
testing, software design vehicle design, and new mobility business models.
In November 2011 Arwed Niestroj was the founding CEO of the Daimler-Bosch joint
venture EM-motive GmbH in Germany- developing and manufacturing electric motors
for vehicle powertrains - that he ramped up until the end of 2014 as Managing Director.
From 2008 to 2011 he was responsible for Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet Operations at
Daimler AG. Within that period he was the project manager for the “F-CELL World Drive”
– the world’s first circumnavigation with fuel cell vehicles. In 2007 and 2008 he was
Program Manager for “Generation 2 full hybrid systems” at Daimler’s Hybrid
Development Center in Troy, Michigan, USA.
From 2003 to 2007 Arwed Niestroj was executive chief of staff of the Daimler board
member for Group Research and Development Mercedes Car Group.
Before that, he had worked in Mercedes Car Group production planning and strategy
being responsible for various strategic production and business development projects
as well as powertrain production location strategy and project manager and
development engineer in commercial vehicle advanced engineering of Mercedes-
Arwed Niestroj holds a master's degree in physics from the Technical University of
Munich, Germany.

Dr. Nessa Saniee

Dr. Nessa SanieeProject Engineer Battery Testing

Warwick University

Dr Nessa Fereshteh Saniee is an energy storage systems (ESS) specialist at WMG, the University of Warwick, and is the technical lead in research on the benefits of isothermal testing platforms using dielectric oil to parameterize lithium-ion battery models and developing fast charging programs for high energy density Li-ion batteries. She has over 7 years of experience in research and product development in the automotive industry.

Mujeeb Khan

Mujeeb KhanDeputy General Manager

Tata Motors



Adopting A Comprehensive Approach To Battery Integration And Architecture Design To Extend Range, Considering Cost, Safety, And Sustainability 

  • Prioritizing the Next Wave of Disruptive Technologies and Innovations To Extend Range & Reduce Cost 
  • Comparing The Benefits Of “Cell To Pack” With “Module To Pack” Battery Technology 
  • Solid State Batteries - Future Proofing The Battery Electric Vehicle Architecture For This Game-Changing Battery Technology 
  • Battery As A Structural Component - Design Considerations For Integration Of Battery As A Structural Or Load Bearing Component To Save Weight 
  • Exploring the Trade-Offs between Battery Sizing, Packaging, Cost, and Performance: Balancing the Advantages of Small Distributed Batteries Running In Parallel Vs. One Singular Large Battery 
  • Balancing Trade-Offs in Battery Electric Vehicle Design: Optimizing for Range Extension, Faster Charging, Crash Worthiness, Modularity, and Battery Servicing and Replacement
  • Battery Swapping for Range Extension - Assessing Architecture Design Considerations and Evaluating Alternative Approaches From A Cost And Technical Viewpoint  
  • Voltage Selection & The Power Grid - Balancing Efficiency and Safety in Battery System Design
  • Exploring The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Higher Voltage Systems 
  • Latest Developments In Battery Chemistries & Super Capacitors That Can Enable Fast Charging  
  • Design Considerations For Introducing Fuel Cell Technology For Range Extension and Performance Improvement During The Transition To Hydrogen 


Improving The Efficiency Of The Thermal System Design, For Multiple Powertrains 

  • A Modular Design Approach To Thermal Management
  • Optimizing The BMS & Battery Interface To Ensure Efficient Delivery To The Powertrain
  • Exploring Cost-Effective Thermal Management Strategies For A Range Of Battery Packaging Designs And Modular Cooling Solutions 
  • Design Requirements for Solid-State Batteries
  • Improving Thermal Management In Skateboard Battery Packaging Designs
  • Efficient Thermal Management for Small Modular Battery Layouts: Strategies and Considerations
  • Navigating Thermal Management Challenges For Advanced Battery Chemistries To Ensure Commercial Viability 
  • Determining The Most Appropriate BMS Configuration Based On The Design Of The Powertrain, Battery Packaging, And User Requirements Of The Car 
  • Tailoring the BMS To Different Packaging Designs 
  • Use Of AI And Machine Learning Algorithms To Predict Battery Performance Degradation And Schedule Maintenance Accordingly
  • Improving The Efficiency Of The Power Electronics Used In Electric Vehicles To Help Reduce Energy Losses And Improve Range
  • Solutions For Cost-Effective Flammability Testing Of Lithium-Ion Batteries



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