Advanced Thermal Management 2018

Thermal management development, technologies and components

Date: April 19, 2018

Venue: The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel. 27790 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377.

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ITB’s annual Advanced Thermal Management 2018 conference provided attendees with a forum to address the latest vehicle, component, and material challenges and solutions for powertrain and passenger thermal comfort systems. Fourteen technical presentations over two sessions fueled the discussions for the day and set the tone for an excellent learning environment with key suppliers, OEMs, and The U.S. EPA taking the stage. The keynote presentation on Thermal System Innovation by Gentherm discussed new vehicle level thermal solutions and challenges for occupant comfort in ICE and electrified powertrains. Comments addressing areas of development, CO2 emission impacts and visions of future systems were also provided.

A live audience survey was also part of the agenda and it was used to capture the voice of the audience (who collectively have over 1000 years of experience) with real time results. Questions posed to the group helped identify in-roads, challenges and areas of active development related to important thermal management issues. Sample data is listed below:

In total, 135 attendees (47 OEM engineers) participated in the event and everyone engaged in excellent networking and business development opportunities. Meetings were held, companies were promoted, relationships built and collaborations plans were set in motion.  8 companies also showcased their latest products and solutions and gained valuable exposure to top level decision makers in the adjacent exhibit area.

Conference feedback has once again been very positive and planning for the 2019 conference, taking place in Novi, Michigan (date TBD) has already begun. Interested to take part next year and connect with current and future customers? Opportunities to present, sponsor and/or exhibit are available. Please contact Mr. Bryan Eldredge, Program Manager – Conferences if you have any questions.

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CONFERENCE AGENDA - April 19, 2018


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Thermal Megatrends Overview

Sean Osborne, Director – The ITB Group (U.S.A.)

Regulations and Vehicle / System Developments


Technology Assessment for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Light Duty Vehicles

Office of Transportation and Air Quality – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A.)


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Thermal System Innovation

Executive Vice President, Business Development – Gentherm (U.S.A.)


Thermal System Simulation from Conventional to Electrified Vehicles

Chief Engineer – Honda R&D (Japan)


Networking Break


Thermal Management Challenges and Opportunities in EVs and PHEVs

Technical Director, Co- founder – Computational Sciences Experts Group (U.S.A.)


Technologies in Transition - A Live Survey


Material, Component, and Sub-system Developments


New Generation of Coolant Resistant High Performance Materials

Director Business Development – Toray Resin Company (U.S.A.)


Material Developments to Improve or Inhibit Heat Transfer

Business Development Manager, PPS – Sun Chemical Corporation (U.S.A.)


Thermoplastic Cooling Lines: Efficient Solutions for Current and New Powertrains

Director OEM Marketing and Segment Manager Automotive and Mobility – Evonik (Germany and U.S.A.)


Dynamic Vibration Behavior of Vehicle Heat Exchanger: Correlation of CAE Analysis with Experimental Results

CAE Cooling Engineer and CAE Cooling Supervisor – Ford Motor Company (U.S.A.)


Networking Break


Smart Quick Connect Coupling for New Thermal Management Architecture

R&D and Innovation Director Europe – ARaymond Fluid Connection (France)


Unlocking the Full Potential of Climatized Seats: Fuel Efficiency and Range Impact

Senior Manager Advanced Engineering – Gentherm (U.S.A.)


Fuel Saving HVAC Technologies

R&D Engineer – Denso (U.S.A.)


Performance Optimization Methods for EV Heat Pump Systems

R&D Manager, Technical Product
Lines – Valeo Thermal Systems (France)


Closing Remarks and Cocktail Reception
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Program Agenda


Aochuan Technology







Sun Chemical

Related Research Reports

Thermal Management Advancements for Electrified Vehicles

Powertrain Fluid Control

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Sean Osborne
Director - The ITB Group
Dr. Kevin Bolon
Office of Transportation and Air Quality - U.S. EPA
Ryan Gaul
Executive Vice President - Gentherm
Katsuya Minami
Chief Engineer - Honda R&D
Sudhi Uppuluri
Technical Director, Co-founder - Computational Sciences Experts Group
Dr. Fabrice Chopard
Head of Thermal Management Laboratory - Hutchinson
Volker Plehn
Director Business Development - Toray Resin Company
Vince Mungioli
Business Development Manager, PPS - Sun Chemical Corporation
Olivier Farges
Director OEM Marketing - Evonik
Mahdi Rajabpour
CAE Cooling Engineer - Ford Motor Company
Laurent Guerbé
R&D and Innovation Director Europe - ARaymond Fluid Connection
Dr. Vladimir Jovovic
Senior Manager Advanced Engineering - Gentherm
Yuanpei Song
R&D Engineer - Denso
Stefan Karl
R&D Manager, Technical Product Lines - Valeo Thermal Systems

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.


Ryan Gaul

Prior to becoming EVP of Business Development in 2014, Mr. Gaul has served Gentherm in diverse roles in North America, Europe and Asia. He started his career in IT, and moved into roles of increasing responsibility within the IT organization, finally serving as CIO from 2005-2009. In 2009, he took over as Managing Director of Operations for Gentherm’s Asia business. Today, Mr. Gaul leads Gentherm’s global strategy and marketing functions and innovation processes.


Katsuya Minami

Mr. Minami is Chief Engineer at Honda R&D where he is responsible for battery thermal system design of electrified vehicles. His work is based on engine design and various simulation experiences with a focus on multi-body dynamics, lubrication and vehicle energy management. In the past 10 years, Mr. Minami has led various thermal management projects for conventional and electrified vehicles. Mr. Minami holds a Master’s of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tohoku University.


Sudhi Uppuluri

Mr. Uppuluri is the Technical Director and co-founder at CSEG where he leads a team of experienced system engineers with focus on overall vehicle energy management and thermal management simulation. Mr. Uppuluir and his team work with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in assessment and developing of advanced technologies by studying the impact of the new technology on vehicle fuel economy, and providing design direction. Mr. Uppuluir has published various technical publications on related subjects in SAE and AIAA journals. He holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Business.


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.


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.


Vince Mungioli

Mr. Mungioli, Business Development Manager of PPS at Sun Chemical Advanced Materials, has built his career in engineering polymers and developed strong relationships with the users and converters of PPS for North American OEMs. Prior to joining 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.


Olivier Farges

Mr. Farges joined the High Performance Polymers business line of Evonik in Germany in 1990. Since then he has held various positions at the interface to the automotive industry. Currently he has global responsibility for marketing activities at Automotive OEMs with a special focus on polymer applications in fluid handling systems. Mr. Farges holds a Plastics Engineering Master´s degree from the Ecole des Mines de Douai, France.


Mahdi Rajabpour

Mr. Rajabpour is currently a CAE Durability Engineer at the Ford Motor company, a role he has held since 2015. Prior to this, he worked as a Design Engineer at M.P.M Company where he redesigned, CAD drafted (3D modeling and drafting) and FE stress analyzed several tools and accessories for heavy duty cold forming and testing machinery. Mr. Rajabpour holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and he is also a certified international welding engineer.


Laurent Guerbé

Mr. Guerbe has more than 25 years of international R&D and innovation experience in the automotive industry holding leading positions over the past 22 years at the Research Center of Hutchinson, Paulstra, Hutchinson and Sogefi. Currently he is the R&D and Innovation Director of ARaymond Fluid Connection Europe in charge of engineering, expertise, innovation, marketing, serial development and testing for fluid handling solutions. He is also the worldwide R&D and Innovation QC coordinator and strategic pilot. As an expert in materials, Mr. Guerbe is also involved with innovation management, strategic vision and design of experiments.


Dr. Vladimir Jovovic

Dr. Jovovic is a Senior Engineering Manager in Gentherm’s Advanced Engineering Group. Here he leads engineers and scientists working on the development of electronic and battery thermal management products, vehicle occupant cooling, and heating solutions. For number of years he also worked on the development of vehicle energy recovery systems and analyzed the impact these systems had on vehicle fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Dr. Jovovic holds a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics from The Ohio State University.


Yuanpei Song

Ms. Song is a Research and Development Engineer at DENSO International America where she currently works in the Thermal Systems department. Ms. Song received her Master of Science degree from Purdue University and her Bachelor of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.


Stefan Karl

Mr. Karl is the Head of Air Conditioning and Heat Pump System developments at Valeo Thermal System in France and he has been Senior Expert in the Field of Thermodynamic Systems for 25 years. Mr. Karl has been the author and co-author of numerous publications related to air conditioning systems and more recently he has been particularly involved in thermal management for electric vehicles, including air conditioning, battery cooling and powertrain cooling systems. Mr. Karl holds a Master’s degree in engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.