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Kaushlendra Singh

Kaushlendra SinghTeam Leader & Senior Product Design Engineer

Ford Motor Company

Kaushlendra Singh graduated from IIT Roorkee, India, with B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and received Master's Degree from Ohio University.  Mr. Singh held wide range of positions in Product Design & Development of Body Structures, Closures, Hardware, and Interior Trim at Ford.  He worked extensively to develop Design Tolerance Specifications for plastic parts covering wide variety of materials to achieve world class Craftsmanship.  He is currently Product Design Team Leader for Body Interior/Exterior Trim Systems & Craftsmanship group at Ford.

Louis G. Hector, Jr

Louis G. Hector, JrGM Technical Fellow

General Motors

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.

Shripadraj Ponkshe

Shripadraj PonksheGeneral Manager, Head of Material Engineering

Tata Motors

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.

Manoj Garg

Manoj GargDeputy General Manager 

Tata Motors

Experienced Industrial designer with over 14 years of demonstrated working history in the 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 behavior, 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 in Industrial Design from the National Institute of Design.

Brad Standridge

Brad StandridgeManaging Director


Brad Standridge has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing environments, including roles in engineering as well as supply chain management.  He earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and later received an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Brad joined DEPRAG in 2019 and currently serves as Managing Director.

Nir Kahn

Nir KahnDirector of Design


Huaxin Li

Huaxin LiTechnical Specialist Ferrous Material & Joining

General Motors

Dr. Huaxin Li is a Material/Welding Technical Specialist at Global Propulsion System of General Motor in Pontiac, Michigan, USA.  Dr. Li's area of interest is alloy development, dissimilar material joining, weld design optimization, weld property development, mixed-mode fracture toughness, and hydrogen embrittlement.  Dr. Li has worked for a number of industries and academic institutes.   At GM, Dr. Li's focus is to reduce power-train component weight and enhance component properties through material and joining innovation.  He published 10 R&D reports for US Department of Energy and 28 peer-reviewed journal papers.  Dr. Li received his B.Sc. in Welding Engineering from Xian Jiaotong University (China) and Ph.D. from Ph.D. in mechanical/Metallurgical Engineering from State University of New York-Buffalo.

Dinal Perera

Dinal PereraCustomer Success Engineer 


Dinal is a Customer Success Engineer at Rescale based in Detroit, MI. He is responsible for ensuring the continued success of his customers on the Rescale platform. Dinal works with multiple customers who run large scale DOE models by utilizing the near infinite compute capacity on the cloud. Dinal has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman and worked on Modeling Flow in Porous Media through Computational Fluid Dynamics and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy.

Jason Liang

Jason LiangDirector of Manufacturing

Hennessey Performance

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”.

Yusuf Erdogan

Yusuf ErdoganBIW Engineering Manager 


Having spent +15 years in various roles in manufacturing and Quality; I am an experienced practitioner of engineering tools & quality management, world-class manufacturing (WCM), and complex problem-solving methodologies. Since the beginning of my career, I have had people management responsibilities including blue-collar and later, white-collar employees. Being engaged with all levels across the organization, I am confident with my leadership skills, especially in terms of capability building (reskilling and upskilling the workforce) and change management (adapting to new ways of working). I am very used to working in a collaborative team environment such as other functions in the organization (R&D, quality, supply chain, procurement) and as 3rd parties (suppliers, technology partners) in a complex ecosystem.

Dustin Souza

Dustin SouzaSenior Application Engineer


Dustin graduated with his Bachelors and Masters in aerospace engineering from Purdue University. He currently works as a Senior Application Engineer with Hexagon where he is in charge of supporting key customers in the automotive industry with composite material modelling, helping them obtain more accurate material responses and in turn more accurate part level results. Prior to the pandemic, he spent a bulk of his time onsite at key automotive OEMs helping them implement this more accurate material modelling technology at a production level.

Dr.Omar Faruk

Dr.Omar FarukAdjunct Professor

University of Toronto

Dr. Omar Faruk works at the 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 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kassel, Germany, and was previously Visiting Research Associate at Michigan State University, USA. He has more than 85 publications to his credit including 12 book chapters that 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.

Chris Kristock

Chris KristockVP Automotive Program

American Iron & Steel Institute


Chris Kristock is the vice president, automotive program, for the American Iron and Steel Institute, where he is responsible for leadership of the Automotive Applications Council, a group of member steel producers, in automotive research, education and technology transfer activities.


Kristock’s career has spanned roles as a scientist, manufacturing engineer and quality assurance leader. Since 2014 he has held several positions of responsibility at an automotive metal processor including vice president of quality and technology. Previously, he served as vice president quality and product development at Severstal North America and was co-chairman of their international global technology system. His lifetime career experience also includes quality assurance, product development, advanced engineering, technical service, process engineering, metallurgy, steelmaking and casting in both basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and electric arc furnace (EAF) operations.

Mr. Kristock holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He has had training in business process management, personnel management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, quality assurance, laser operation and safety, and statistical methods for process control. Kristock is a past chairman of AISI’s Committee on Manufacturing Technology, is a Life Member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology and holds International Automotive Task Force (IATF) auditor certifications.

Brandt Ruskiewicz

Brandt RuskiewiczProduct Development Manager


Dr. Brandt Ruszkiewicz is the Product Development Manager at Semblex Corporation, a manufacturer of externally threaded fasteners and cold formed special components located near Chicago.  Brandt’s team focuses on fastener designs to improve performance,  overcome existing customer limitations and reduce total in place costs.  Areas of focus include thread forming fasteners for high strength steels, next generation flow drill fasteners, low capital investment extruding fasteners, and customized production equipment for flow bolts.

Dr. Zhenhua Huang

Dr. Zhenhua HuangGeneral Manager of the Americas


Dr. Zhenhua Huang has been involved in developing advanced 3D metrology algorithms since 2002.  His vast experience includes the use of cutting-edge laser holography technology to develop high-definition disk-thickness-variation measurements, laser hologram stitching and phase unwrapping measuring at the micron level.  He currently holds one U.S. patent titled “Methods of Combining Holograms.”

Dr. Huang led the development of several advanced academic research projects for “High Definition Metrology and Process: 2µm Manufacturing” under the Precision Manufacturing and Engineering Alliance, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP), teaming with the automotive industry and the University of Michigan.

Currently, Zhen serves as the Co-PI for research projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).  He is intimately involved in Coherix 3D development, bringing the voice of the customers to our internal product teams.

Tim Smith

Tim SmithChief Technology Officer 

Plasmatreat North America Inc.

Hesham Ezzat

Hesham EzzatSenior Technical Consultant

AISI - Automotive Program              

Dr. Hesham Ezzat is currently a Senior Technical Consultant at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Automotive Program.  He holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics and a Doctorate in Applied Mechanics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Ezzat retired in 2015 as a Technical Fellow from General Motors after 30 years of service focused on advanced product design and development of automotive body structures and closures.  Prior to joining GM, he was an assistant professor in the ME department at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Michael Claassen

Michael ClaassenPresident

Camcar Innovations

Michael Claassen has spent his career in a variety of executive roles advancing component and assembly innovations for leading European companies.  His lifetime career experience includes the management of teams in R&D, manufacturing engineering, applications engineering, operations, product management, testing, program management, quality, and more.  He has worked for overseas and US companies and focused on the automotive industry while also serving other industries such as commercial trucks, aerospace, consumer goods, and agriculture, as well as a few others.   He earned his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and will earn his MBA this year.  Today, he is the President of Camcar Innovations.  Camcar Innovations is an engineering services company developing fastener products that solve today's and tomorrow’s industrial challenges.  Our products are made by our authorized quality manufacturer partners in over 190 locations globally giving end users the flexibility to choose the source that suits their needs.

Robert Tate

Robert TateBusiness Development Manager - Multi Material-Welding



Rob studied Finance at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and has been working in the automotive industry for 16 years with a focus on lightweight plastic fastening for interior and exterior applications.  He has held several positions with global tiers supporting development, implementation, and technical sales most recently in 2021 joining Bossard Americas with responsibilities for the North American market.

Dr. Nan Li

Dr. Nan LiSenior Lecturer in Lightweight Design & Manufacturing

Imperial College London

Dr Nan Li is a Senior Lecturer and the Research Leader of the Advanced Manufacturing Group, at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. Her team on Lightweight Design for Manufacturing addresses a major challenge facing the transport industry worldwide: developing technological breakthroughs in the manufacturing and design of high-performance lightweight vehicles for a more environmentally friendly footprint. Dr. Nan Li has more than sixty publications and ten patents, and extensive experience in applied research projects with industry, funded by multiple research councils and companies. She was awarded the ‘Rowbotham Medal’ by the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) for her outstanding contribution to the innovative use of materials for automotive applications.

John Catterall

John CatterallFormerly VP Automotive Program

American Iron & Steel Institute



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

DAY 1: Cost Competitive Multi-Material Selection And Utilization

  • Evaluate The Design Advantages Of Alternate Lightweight Materials As A Solution To Escalating Costs & Supply Chain Availability Challenges 
  • Design For Manufacturability & Sustainability Whilst Reducing Cost, With The Latest Materials Including Ultra High Strength Steel, The Current Aluminium Series, Reinforced Composites, Magnesium, Carbon Fibre & Sustainable Bio-Materials 

DAY 2:  Lightweight Material Selection To Improve BEV Range & Performance

  • Identify The Most Suitable Material & Joining Technique For Each Part Of The Whole BEV Architecture – Including Body Structure, Battery Enclosure, Safety  & Reinforcement Components   
  • Multi-Material Selection To Increase The Range Of BEV’s Without Increasing Battery Size

DAY 3: Joining Methodology Selection For Disimilar Materials

  • Selection Of Joining Methodologies For Dissimilar Materials, Especially Components With Different Thickness
  • Technology & Methodology Innovation For Mixed Materials Joining – Including Welding, Fastening, Hot Stamping, Adhesives, Hybrid Techniques & Forming
  • Evaluating Solutions For Ultra High Strength Steel Joining & Addressing Corrosion Between Mixed Metal Joints 

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