Advanced Thermal Management 2017

Thermal management development, technologies and components

Date: April 27, 2017

Venue: The Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi, MI 48375

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The ITB Group’s annual Advanced Thermal Management 2017 conference is a one-day technical forum dedicated to developments and innovations for powertrain and passenger comfort advancements. The event focuses on key issues related to vehicle systems, regulations, materials/process developments and component developments.

Plan now to attend and take part in a full day of presentations and capitalize on unlimited networking/business development opportunities. Join experts and decision makers from global thermal system suppliers, material suppliers and OEMs.

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Interested to participate, gain exposure and showcase your products/developments at the conference? Opportunities to sponsors and/or exhibit are available and details can be found using the sponsor/exhibit link on the right.


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Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sean Osborne, Director - The ITB Group (U.S.A.)
Vehicle Thermal Management: Systems and Regulations


Midterm Evaluation of the 2022-2025 LD GHG Standards: Review of Technical Assessment and Role of Off-Cycle Credits
Dr. Kevin Bolon, Office of Transportation and Air Quality - US Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A.)


Vehicle Thermal Management System for Electric Vehicles
Fabrice Chopard, Head of Thermal Management Laboratory - Hutchinson (France)


Promise and Frustration of Off-Cycle Credits
John German, Senior Fellow - The International Council on Clean Transportation (U.S.A.)


Networking Break


Thermal Management Economics
Sean Osborne, Director - The ITB Group (U.S.A.)
Thermal Components for CO2 Reduction


Fuel Operated Heaters: Supporting Future Mobility
Hans Jensen, Vice President, Research & Development, Climate Control Systems - Eberspächer Climate Control Systems (Germany)


Active Grill Shutter Actuator Torque Requirements
Aaron Klop, Senior Product Development Engineer - Ford Motor Company (U.S.A.)


Brushless DC/Stepper Motor and Through Shaft Position Sensor Technologies for Ultra-Slim Actuators
Dr. Gerald Masson, Business Development Manager - North America - Moving Magnet Technologies (U.S.A.)




Fluid Management Innovations for Efficient Powertrain Thermal Performance
Claudio Nava, Product Manager, Product Line Fluid Components & Systems - Röchling Automotive (Italy)
Material and Processing Innovations


Future Trends in High Performance Materials for Thermal Management Modules
Volker Plehn, Director Business Development - Toray Resin Company (U.S.A.)


High Performance Molding with the Technology and Innovation of Multitube® and Multi-Process Plastic Injection Molds
David Matthews, North American Operations Manager - Georges Pernoud North America (U.S.A.)


Latest Welding Techniques for PPS Resins
Vince Mungioli, Business Development Manager, PPS - DIC / Sun Chemical (U.S.A.)


Networking Break


Material Innovations for Demanding Thermal Management Applications
Bob Haley, Business Development Manager - DSM Engineering Plastics (U.S.A.)
Heat Management for Improved Efficiency


Enhancing Thermal Stability and Performance of Lithium-ion Batteries using Latent Heat Storage (LHS) Materials
Joe Kelly, Senior Scientist - Outlast Technologies (U.S.A.)


Optimization of Instant Exhaust Heat Recovery Combined with Heat Storage Unit for Internal Combustion Engine and Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Ľuboslav Kollár, Senior Product Engineer - Hanon Systems (Czech Republic)


Use of Phase Change Materials for Automotive Thermal Management: Focus on Electrical Battery and Low Temperature Loops
Dr. Kamel Azzouz, Head of Advanced Engineering - Valeo (France)


Closing Remarks, Cocktail Reception
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Ascend Performance Materials

DIC / Sun Chemical

DSM Engineering Plastics

Eberspächer Climate Control Systems

Röchling Automotive


Toray Resin Company

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Sean Osborne
Director - The ITB Group
Dr. Kevin Bolon
Office of Transportation and Air Quality - US EPA
Dr. Fabrice Chopard
Head of Thermal Management Laboratory - Hutchinson
John German
Senior Fellow - The International Council on Clean Transportation
Hans Jensen
Vice President, R&D, Climate Control Systems - Eberspächer Climate Control
Aaron Klop
Senior Product Development Engineer - Ford Motor Company
Dr. Gerald Masson
Business Development Manager, North America - Moving Magnet Technologies
Claudio Nava
Product Manager, Product Line Fluid Components & Systems - Röchling
Volker Plehn
Director Business Development - Toray Resin Company
David Matthews
North American Operations Manager - Georges Pernoud North America
Vince Mungioli
Business Development Manager, PPS - DIC / Sun Chemical
Bob Haley
Business Development Manager - DSM Engineering Plastics
Joe Kelly
Senior Scientist - Outlast Technologies
Ľuboslav Kollár
Senior Product Engineer - Hanon Systems
Dr. Kamel Azzouz
Head of Advanced Engineering - Valeo

Sean Osborne

Mr. Osborne leads the Thermal Management Practice at The ITB Group. He has been developing and implementing strategic visions as a technical executive in several organizations for over 15 years. Over the past 30 years he has accumulated extensive experience in automotive product development, including experience working in Europe and China as well as the United States. Two areas of his automotive specialization are thermal management and fuel systems. Mr. Osborne holds Masters Degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT and a BSEE from General Motors Institute.


Dr. Kevin Bolon

Dr. Bolon is an engineer at EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory where he serves as the technology team leader for the evaluation of light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards. In this role, his main responsibility is to help coordinate technology inputs for modeling compliance pathways of the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas rule. Dr. Bolon’s additional responsibilities include the assessment of load-reduction opportunities such as mass, aero, and tire improvements; the evaluation of technology and market trends; and analysis of the effect of emissions-reducing policies on vehicle usage and VMT rebound. Dr. Bolon holds a Ph.D. in natural resource policy and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Fabrice Chopard

Dr. Chopard joined Hutchinson in 2014 as Director of the Thermal Management Laboratory. Here he is in charge to set up an efficient organization and a successful road map to be able to face all thermal management challenges in vehicles and engine applications. Prior to this role he held a seat on the board of GRETh, a Group for Research on Heat Exchangers with 85 industrial members and between 2009 and 2010, he was elected President of the Technical Commission “Aerodynamic and Thermal Systems for Industry” CETIAT. He has also piloted successful growth strategies connected to the innovation of products for thermal systems within the industrial groups of ALFA, LAVAL and CIAT. Dr. Chopard holds a degree in engineering, a Ph.D. in thermal systems and an MBA degree in Business Management.


John German

Mr. German has 40 years of automotive experience where he has been involved with advanced technology and efficiency since joining Chrysler in 1976 as a Powertrain Engineer. He has since held positions at the EPA Office of Mobile Sources Laboratory where he was involved in research and drafting regulations and later as a Manager of Environmental and Energy Analyses for American Honda Motor Company. Mr. German now operates as a Senior Fellow for the International Council for Clean Transportation, with primary responsibility for technology innovation and U.S. policy development. Mr. German holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Michigan and made it halfway through an MBA before he came to his senses.


Hans Jensen

Mr. Jensen began his career as a Development Engineer with Daimler-Benz in 1983, later joining MAHLE Filter Systems in 1991. Here he worked for 20 years holding different development responsibility roles. He later joined TI Automotive and SHW where he held positions of Global Director and Vice President. Mr. Jensen now operates as Vice President, R&D at Eberspaecher Climate Control Systems, a role he has held since 2015. Mr. Jensen holds more than 40 patents in the area of automotive technology development with a particular knowledge of creating plastic products that take the place of metal. Mr. Jensen received a Mechanical Engineering Diplom-Ingenieur from RWTH Aachen.


Aaron Klop

Mr. Klop is Senior Product development engineer in active aerodynamic mechatronics at Ford Motor Company. Here he is experienced in new product development design and verification of complex electro-mechanical active aerodynamic parts including active grill shutters, active air dams and active tire spoiler components. He has also been involved with packaging and designing complex kinematic parts and writing technical specifications and test procedures. Prior to these roles Mr. Klop held positions in design and release of complex under-hood modules and body structure design and stamping feasibility.


Dr. Gerald Masson

Dr. Masson has been involved in mechatronics for automotive applications since 2003 when he joined Moving Magnet Technologies where he worked as a research and development engineer (magnetic position sensors, BLDC motors, direct drive actuators). He later became the head of the magnetic position sensor team in 2006 and then moved to Ann Arbor to take charge of business development and to technical support for NA customers. Dr. Masson holds a mechanical engineering degree from ENSMM, a Master’s degree and a doctorate in Engineering Science from Franche-Comte University.


Claudio Nava

Mr. Nava has worked with Brembo SPA for 16 years as R&D Engineer for open wheels racing cars and then as Product Manager for Brembo Racing and Marchesini Wheels for cars and motorbike. He joined Röchling Automotive in 2016 as Product Manager for Product Line Fluid Components and Systems. Mr. Nava studied mechanical engineering at Milan.


Volker Plehn

Mr. Plehn has been working in engineering polymers for more than 25 years and has a strong background in sales and marketing, complemented by his experience in operations, business and finance. Currently he operates as the Director of Business Development at Toray Resin Company where he is focused on building the Toray brand and growing their business in engineering polymers. Mr. Plehn is a graduate from RWTH Aachen with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and he holds an executive MBA from University of Michigan.


David Matthews

Mr. Matthews operates as a manufacturing professional with over 35 years of experience in tooling engineering, injection molding, supplier quality and supplier development. He currently holds the position of North American Operations Manager for Georges Pernoud North America. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Northwood University and he is a United States Navy Veteran.


Vince Mungioli

Mr. Mungioli, Business Development Manager of PPS at DIC, has built his career in engineering polymers and developed strong relationships with the users and converters of PPS for North America OEMs. Prior to joining DIC/Sun Chemical he worked at EnCom Polymers for eight years where he was involved in diverse OEM, T1 and T2 automotive projects. Mr. Mungioli was also a Sales Manager for Mitsubishi International Polymer Trade and has past experience working for Chevron-Phillips, Ryton, gaining knowledge in PPS materials and applications.


Bob Haley

Mr. Haley has over 30 years of experience working in the automotive engineering plastics and composites industry. He has held roles in Product Management and Business Development in high temperature engineering thermoplastics at DSM Engineering Plastics. Prior to DSM, he held positions at Toray Industries, Celanese and Thermofil focusing on Business Management, Technical and Application Development, Product Management and Marketing. Mr. Haley has a Plastics Engineering Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Joe Kelly

Mr. Kelly has worked as Senior Scientist at Outlast Technologies for the past three years where he has led the technical development of Latent Heat Storage materials for implementation in a diversity of thermal management applications. He has also worked with a wide range of electrochemical systems through previous development and commercialization work as a Research Scientist at ADA Technologies. In this role he was engaged in the development and design of novel cathode materials and electrolytes for high-performance lithium-ion battery systems in defense and aerospace applications. Mr. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a Ph.D. candidate, he has furthered the development of advanced transition-metal based catalysts for improvement in catalytic efficiency and reduction in both component and operational cost for hydrogen fuel cells.


Ľuboslav Kollár

Mr. Kollár graduated from Slovak University of Technology Bratislava with a specialization in thermal power engineering. During this time he gained experience in the operation of thermal power plants and service and later moved to the development of high performance UPS and air condition units for industry applications. Mr. Kollár transitioned to the automotive industry working as Senior Product Engineer at Hanon Systems in thermal energy management. His responsibilities include development and testing heat energy recovery systems focusing on fuel economy and decreasing emissions. He has also submitted and cooperated on patent pending solutions related to automotive heat storage and heat recovery systems.


Dr. Kamel Azzouz

Dr. Azzouz is the Head of Advanced Engineering and Senior Expert at Valeo Thermal R&D where he is in charge of advanced developments and innovation for heat exchangers, thermal energy storage and heat recovery. Prior to this role he was Researcher at the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. Dr. Azzouz holds a Ph.D. in Thermal Sciences and Energy Conversion from Pierre et Marie curie university. He is also the author or co-author of more than ninety patents in the field of heat exchangers and heat recovery systems.