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Dr. Sama Mbang

Dr. Sama MbangGlobal Head of Digitalization – Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases

Daimler/ Mercedes Benz


Dr. Sama Mbang is Manager of Digitalization & Simulation of Manufacturing Load Cases in the TecFactory of Mercedes-Benz. He is expert in IT-systems and digitalization technologies (Big Data, AI, IoT, VR/AR, etc.) and their applications including robotics, digital twin, agile production and MES. Dr. Mbang has deep experience in IT as well as in automotive process and in modeling intelligent integrated process chains, as he managed many projects in R&D, production planning and manufacturing. He is coordinating the Horizont2020 EU funded project ALLIANCE (Affordable Lightweight Automotive Alliance), with the support of EUCAR (European Car Automotive R&D). Additionally he is lecturer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and Technical Institute in Sofia (Bulgaria). As a Game Changer, Prof. Mbang is a passionate coach in the area of digital leadership, digital transformation and agile organization forms covering agile mindset and agile working methods.

Mark Kralevich

Mark KralevichDirector Materials Division

Honda R&D Americas

Dr. Lei Shi

Dr. Lei ShiChief Technology Officer 

Nuola Auto Global R&D, Nuola Auto (Shanghai) Technology Co., Ltd. ​


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”.

Joao Rodriguez

Joao RodriguezHead of Quality 

Renault Group


Joao Rodriguez is an Electrical Engineer with master’s degree from the Military Institute of Engineering. He has 26 years of experience on the industry mainly on the Automotive and aviation sector. Worked on areas as Supply Chain, Purchasing, R&D and Quality. He has worked for O&Ms as Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover and Renault and participated on 3 plants start-up in Brazil and in Europe including the first plant to produce Jaguar Land Rovers' first electrical vehicle. He also has two books published in Project Management and Control and Automation one in Brazil and one in Germany.

Alan Banks

Alan BanksLightweight Structures Supervisor in Innovation and Research

Ford Motor Company

Alan Banks is the Lightweight Structures Supervisor within Innovation and Research at Ford Motor Company. He started work at Ford in 1983 as an apprentice and worked in Chassis Engineering responsible for suspension systems on commercial vehicles until 2019 before his move to Innovation and Research.

His remit with the Innovation and Research team is to lead projects with light-weighting technologies and applications in design with mass production capability. This remit includes material choices from advanced steel to full composite structures, including hybrid technology to produce the best value for automotive applications.

Alan is responsible for a team of 8 engineers with a team of distributed global engineers who help develop Test Driven Development as well as Behavioural Driven Development to ensure customer expectations are met as well as component specifications for lightweight application technology.

He was the team leader on the Composite Lightweight Automotive Suspension System (CLASS) project, which won the JEC World Automotive Application Innovation category in 2018. He is also leading the Composite UK Innovation Award winning Composite Hybrid Automotive Suspension System Innovative Structures (CHASSIS) project due for completion in 2021 and has 8 patents to his name.

Alan has a First Class Honours Degree and an MSc from the University of Bradford in the UK, is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, as well as a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is also on the Research Board of The Welding Institute Research Committee and a Director of the Board for the Composites UK Trade Association. He is Chairman of the Vehicular Composites Group and the Lightweighting UK Auto Council Strategy Group.

Venkat Aitharaju

Venkat AitharajuStaff Researcher Polymer Composites Group



Dr. Venkat Aitharaju is a Staff Researcher 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.

Simon Xu

Simon XuEngineering Group Manager Vehicle Optimization Advanced Vehicle Development and CAE

General Motors Corporation


Simon Xu is Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Optimization at General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI and is responsible for innovations of optimization tools in vehicle architecture development. Simon leads a team of experts focusing on optimization techniques
such as parametric modeling, morphing, topology optimization, generative design and multi-disciplinary optimization. Through his team’s effort and influence, GM’s virtual vehicle development has been continuously improved by the implementation of new tools and processes with benefits in vehicle performance, mass, cost and fuel economy.  He has also played a major role in GM’s advance technology programs which developed new electric and hybrid vehicle concepts and the optimal use of alternative light weight materials and new
additive manufacturing process for future vehicle programs. He chairs the GM Global Optimization Focus Group and approves the publications of GM corporate guidelines on optimization processes. He received Boss Kettering Award in 2013 and again in 2016, GM’s highest honor for technical achievement in innovation.  He had one patent and one patent pending and numerous internal GM records of inventions. He is also a member of Global Automotive Management Council.

Jose Luis Galaviz

Jose Luis GalavizStructural Engineering Lead




Jose Luis Galaviz holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering in Mexico, 1994 and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico in 1998. He began his career in product development & design of pressure vessels. He has worked previously as a CAE Product Development Engineer with a vast experience of more than 15 years in truck frame durability fatigue and safety impact simulation for Ram and Jeep Truck programs as well as prior experience on CFRP manufacturing and design. He currently takes the role of Structural Technical Lead in the RAM/Jeep Truck Frames for testing and advanced developments spearheading the Lightweighting initiatives for structural truck frames. He has participated in several Conferences and Seminars in Lightweighting and he is technically interested in vehicle structure Durability, NVH, and Safety simulation and testing utilizing CAE, DFSS, and other technical tools primarily for the development and application of new materials and processes for the lightweighting of the Truck Frame structures.

Zichun Zhang

Zichun ZhangCAE Supervisor, Dongfeng

Nissan Technology Center

Sina Sheikholeslami, Ph.D.

Sina Sheikholeslami, Ph.D.Paint/Coating Quality Engineer



Finished his Ph.D. and M.Eng. in Materials Engineering with first-class honors from The University of Auckland, Sina is a Materials Engineer/Coatings Specialist at Honda in Canada. He is a member of the Materials Group at Honda of Canada Mfg - Plant 1 in Alliston, Ontario, where the popular Civic model is made and distributed throughout North America. Previously in his career, Sina completed a project with Fletcher Steel, the top-notch 9-billion-dollar Australian/New Zealander company, as an R&D Fellow specialized in Steel and Aluminum coil corrosion

Dr. Burcu Saner Okan

Dr. Burcu Saner OkanAssoc.Prof.

Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Research and Application Center

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Saner Okan received my BS degree in Chemistry at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2005. Dr. Saner Okan received MS degree in 2007 and PhD degree in 2011 in Materials Science and Engineering programme at Sabanci University. Now she works as a research and application-oriented faculty member at Sabanci University Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center since 2017. Dr. Saner Okan is also co-founder of NANOGRAFEN Nano Technological Products Company. Nanografen produces large volume of graphene nanoplatelets from waste tire by recycling and upcycling technology by decreasing manufacturing costs. Dr. Saner Okan develops cost-effective and lightweight automotive composites parts reinforced by waste tire-derived Graphene NanoPlatelet with part producers and leading OEM partners. Dr. Saner Okan has an expertise in graphene, polymer nanocomposites, compounding, surface chemistry and electrospinning. She has 36 articles published in international journals, 6 book chapters, 2 patents and more than 50 conference papers in these fields.


Brad Jenkins

Brad JenkinsManager, Stamping & Body Weld

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing


Brad Jenkins currently serves the position of General Manager, Stamping and Body Weld for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing.  He has been responsible for leading greenfield site preparations for the startup joint venture to initially produce 400k vehicles for year – new plant, new people, new products.

Prior to his role with MTM, Brad spent 18 years in the automotive industry at both the OEM level and aluminum auto body sheet supply where he held leadership positions in Engineering, Operations, and Quality Management.  Brad has extensive experience in sheet metal stamping and body-in-white assembly.  He also spent 2 years as an expatriate living in Yokohama, Japan, training in new model development strategy for transition to lightweight materials and joining methods.  Brad holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management.

Ozak Durmus

Ozak DurmusSustainability Senior Engineer

Ford Otosan


Senior Sustainability Engineer, skilled in Life Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy, Product Design, Material Science, and Material Selection. Strong engineering professional extensive experience in automotive industry.

Bradley Simmonds

Bradley SimmondsManufacturing & Design Engineer 


Ryan Gergely, PhD

Ryan Gergely, PhDSenior Researcher Manufacturing Systems Research Lab

General Motors Research & Development



Ryan Gergely is a senior researcher at General Motors Research & Development in the Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2006, worked in industry for three years, and then returned to Rose-Hulman to receive his master’s degree in 2010 also in Mechanical Engineering. His graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focused on multifunctional and composite materials, where he received his doctorate in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2016. Currently, Gergely’s research is in polymers and composites manufacturing including forming, joining, and additive manufacturing.

Loraine Souza

Loraine SouzaLead Validation Engineer (Body in White) 

Renault Groupe

Neeshel Dullabh

Neeshel DullabhLead Chassis Integration Engineer

Ford Motor Company


Tony MESSIHASenior Product Improvement Engineer


Ex Project Engineer McLaren Automotive.

Tony is an enthusiast engineer on the science of materials, and the engineering of things serving its purpose within various transport industries. With a background leading the delivery of significant niche composite products for major industry brands/projects; McLaren Automotive, Bombardier, Airbus, Emirates Airlines, Apple, Liebherr. Tony worked his way up from an apprentice in the Aero MRO business to earn his position at leading Engineering brands. Tony is a double MSc in Aeronautical Engineering and Composite Materials science. Ambitious about entrepreneurship; engaging opportunities which materials and its services can offer. He is passionate about helping the industry within the influential triangle; top of the edge technology, economic models, promising funds.

Robert Anglin

Robert AnglinManufacturing Sr. Engineer - Stamping



Rob Anglin is the Lead Stamping Feasibility Engineer for Rivian Automotive, LLC where he also sits on the Advanced Materials Council. With a background in both production and prototype environments he has spent much of his career working with common and experimental lightweighting materials and advising on their feasibility within the manufacturing process and has contributed significantly to the material selection process of multiple production programs.

Niat Rahman

Niat RahmanSr. Materials Engineer – CAE Material Technical Specialist – Adhesive & Joining Advanced Material Technology

General Motors 


Niat Rahman is serving as a Material CAE Lead for adhesive and joining in GM. He has more than twelve years of automotive industry experience within the Virtual Design Development and Validation (VDDV) domain. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana focusing on adhesive joint failure characterization. His M.S. degree is in Mechanical Engineering from the Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan with a research focus on adhesive joining mechanical property characterization. Niat’s current role comprises evaluating the feasibility of using the adhesive joint for the lightweight vehicle, create GM standard procedure on developing the adhesive Material Data Card (MDC), and validate the MDC supplied by the vendors.

Dr.Omar Faruk

Dr.Omar FarukAdjunct Professor Center for Bio composites and Biomaterials Processing

University of Toronto

Dr. Omar Faruk works at Powertrain Engineering Research & Development Centre of Ford Motor Company, Canada. He is also acting as an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto, Canada. He achieved his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kassel, Germany and was previously Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University, USA. He has more than 85 publications to his credits including 12 book chapters which have been published in different international journals and conferences. He also edited 3 books, titled "Lightweight and Sustainable Materials for Automotive Applications", "Biofiber Reinforcement in Composite Materials" and "Lignin in Polymer Composites" published by CRC press, Woodhead Publishing Ltd and Elsevier Ltd respectively. In addition, he is an invited reviewer for 72 international reputed journals, government research proposals, and book proposals.

Fernando Gongora

Fernando GongoraSr. Manager Body/Interiors

Nikola Motor Company


Award-winning research and development engineer who worked in the automotive industry for the last 11 years. Started as a R&D engineer for tier 1 supplier for soft trim/NCV components. Worked at NIO, Byton and currently Nikola Motor as part of the CAB team with expertise and knowledge of materials and supplier development.

Dr Donald Baskin

Dr Donald BaskinMaterials Engineering

Mass. Inst. of Technology


Most recently, Dr. Baskin has been appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches a well-received graduate level course on lightweighting and structural optimization. Founder and Principal Materials Engineer for Spectrum Materials Engineering LLC. He also worked for a decade in the International Automotive Industry where he spent time at the Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) Materials Research Lab in Ulm, Germany, and in Body Engineering Release at Chrysler LLC in Auburn Hills, MI, USA. During this time, he held positions pertaining to every aspect of automotive body structure development, structural optimization (lightweighting).

Manoj Garg

Manoj GargLead Design Mgr Product, CMF, Digital 



Experienced Industrial designer with over 14 years of demonstrated working history in automotive, textile and fashion industry. Skilled in Product, UI/UX, CMF and Interface design, Design management and Strategy, Analysis, Innovation, Concept development, Graphic and Communication design, Consumer behaviour, Trend forecast, Research and methodologies, Social study trend, Story telling, Colour, Material and Finish, Typography, Advance design, Product Planning and Strategic development, Design process, Strategic design curation, Prototyping, Visual communication and Presentations. Strong strategic operations professional with a Master's degree Industrial Design from National Institute of Design.


See OEM Case Studies, Technical Presentations And Panel Discussion To Set Future Road Maps on:

DAY 1: Material Selection Process For Specific Structural Components

  • Compare Holistic Strategies – From Design To Manufacturing - On Best Practice Application Of Mixed Advanced Material Combinations Considering Cost, Sustainability And Compatibility For Mass Production

DAY 2:  Joining Methodology Selection

  • The Latest Innovations Advancements On Multi-Material Joining Technology & Process, With High Process Reliability, For Key Multi-Material Combinations

DAY 3: Improving The Manufacturability Of Lightweight Materials

  • Manufacturability - Considering All Costs & Risks When Adapting Manufacturing Process To Accommodate New Materials, Joining Technologies & Tooling Set Ups – How To Ensure Your Multi-Material Lightweight Design Is Manufacturable

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