Unlocking the Value of Vehicle Thermal Management

Business Model Workshop

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Baronette Renaissance Hotel. 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, MI 48377


In conjunction with The ITB Group’s annual Advanced Thermal Management Conference on 4/19, ITB is hosting a half day workshop focused on key developments, trends and value propositions for advanced vehicle thermal management systems. Join us for:

  • Interactive discussions regarding thermal management innovations
  • Critical thinking about innovative concepts and processes
  • Cost and performance challenges
  • Learn about evolving global regulations driving vehicle and thermal management technologies
  • Understand the reasons for and limits of technology commercialization
  • Learn about tools and techniques to foster new solutions
  • Q&A session regarding opportunities and priorities


Scroll below to view the workshop itinerary and click the links on the right for complete details and registration options.



Welcome, Refreshments and Introductions

Sean Osborne, Director – The ITB Group


Strategic Solutions and The Innovation Mindset

Dr. Jonathan Weaver, Consultant – Innovation in Action


Vehicle Efficiency Technology Value
  • Differences across powertrains
  • Contributions across vehicle systems
  • Cost and performance challenges for 2025

Sean Osborne, Director – The ITB Group


Changing Global Regulatory Value
  • Key markets (China, EU, USA)
  • OEM, vehicle and technology impacts

Dr. Joel Kopinsky, Managing Director – The ITB Group


Afternoon Break


Systematic Innovation Tools
  • Opportunity identification
  • Focusing on the opportunity (problem statement development)
  • Commercialization screening

Dr. Jonathan Weaver, Consultant – Innovation in Action


Thermal Market Opportunities and Priorities
  • By vehicle systems and powertrain type
  • Value chain challenges

Sean Osborne, Director – The ITB Group


Conclusions: Key Takeaways
  • Q&A session
  • Refreshments and one-on-one discussions

Dr. Joel Kopinsky, Managing Director – The ITB Group

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Sean Osborne
Director - The ITB Group
Dr. Joel Kopisnky
Managing Director - The ITB Group
Dr. Jonathon Weaver
Consultant - Innovation in Action

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. Joel Kopisnky

Dr. Kopinsky (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and MBA) is responsible for The ITB Group’s consulting assignments in energy storage, vehicle emissions, plastic engine parts and glazing systems. Over the past 25 years he has completed a variety of strategic and technical feasibility consulting projects for leading suppliers, OEMs and investment banks in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he has completed numerous multiclient reports concerned with energy storage, glazing and powertrain technologies. In the 1980’s, Dr. Kopinsky worked at the General Motors Research Labs followed by the completion of his MBA at Columbia University. On the side, Dr. Kopinsky is an avid clarinetist and long-haul hiker.


Dr. Jonathon Weaver

Dr. Weaver is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering where his teaching and research interests revolve around robotics, vehicle dynamics, design of experiments, robust design, innovation and creativity, and the product development process. Dr. Weaver holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and he is a Kern Fellow.