Speakers Profile

Mr. Bharat Vedak - Vice President, John Deere


Mr. Bharat Vedak - Vice President, John Deere

Bharat Vedak is Vice President, TCI and Deliver Customer Value, a position he's held since June 2010. He leads the enterprise initiative to redefine how John Deere most efficiently develops and delivers products and services to its global customer base. Vedak is also responsible for the John Deere Technology Center in India.

Vedak first joined John Deere in 1974 at its Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and completed a number of assignments there. In 1983, he became Manager, Quality Engineering at the John Deere Engine Works, and eventually was appointed Vice President of Engineering for John Deere's Rotary Engine Division. In 1990, he joined Cummins, Inc. as an executive engineer, and advanced to the position of Vice President, Industrial Customer Engineering. He returned to John Deere in 2005 when he was named to the position of Senior Vice President, John Deere Intelligent Mobile Equipment Technologies. In May 2009, Vedak was appointed Senior Vice President, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group.

Vedak has a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, a master's degree in agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University, and a MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality, built on a tradition of integrity.

Mr. Jorg Lutzner - Head of Services & Commercial Vehicles, Continental Automotive GmbH


Mr. Jorg Lutzner - Head of Services & Commercial Vehicles, Continental Automotive GmbH

Jorg Lutzner is a Head of Services & Commercial Vehicles since 2008. Prior to this role, he led Portfolio & Innovation Management for Continental Commercial Vehicles.

Jorg Lutzner joined Siemens VDO, later Continental as Innovation Project Leader in 2005 and he has worked in a variety of functions including R&D Management, Head of System Architecture Consultancy, and Head of Innovation & Portfolio Management. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Services and Commercial Vehicles at Continental Interior Electronics Solutions. He is leads the Continental AutoLinQ activities.

Jorg Lutzner, a native of Germany, received a BSc degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University of Nottingham and a Dipl. Ing degree also in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the RheinischWestfälischeHochschule Aachen.

Mr. Thomas R. Stover - Vice President, Eaton Corporation


Mr. Thomas R. Stover - Vice President, Eaton Corporation

In May 2002, Thomas R. Stover joined Eaton Corporation as Engineering Manager-Truck Technology, at the Eaton Innovation Center in Southfield, MI. In that role, he was responsible for leading the development and demonstration of advanced technologies, including hybrid systems, advanced transmission concepts and other forms of powertrain system integration. Mr. Stover was also responsible for technology planning and Innovation Governance within Eaton Truck Group. In March, 2007, Mr. Stover was named Vice President - Technology for Eaton's Truck Group, and currently has responsibility for technology, innovation and engineering excellence for Eaton Truck worldwide.

Between 1977 and 2002, Mr. Stover was employed by Cummins Engine Company. While at Cummins, his responsibilities included the development of new advanced turbo-machinery, development of engine performance and emissions control systems, and the design and development of new engine products.

Mr. Thomas R. Stover received his BSME from Bradley University and MSME from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Donald G. Hillebrand - Director, Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems Division


Dr. Donald G. Hillebrand - Director, Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems Division

Donald G. Hillebrand leads transportation and energy research activities including vehicle systems and hybrid vehicle development, and engine and emissions research. Prior to joining Argonne, Dr. Donald G. Hillebrand worked for Daimler Forschung and Technologie in Stuttgart, Germany. While there, he was responsible for Daimler’s research and technology liaison with the European Commission in Brussels, and interacting with European research organizations and business groups.

Donald G. Hillebrand also worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Technology Division (1996-98) where he served as Senior Policy Advisor.

Donald G. Hillebrand has earned several awards and distinctions throughout his career, including SAE International Distinguished Younger Member, 2000 and SAE International Outstanding Young Engineer, 1999. In July 2011, Dr. Hillebrand was named by Automotive News as one of the 100 most influential people bringing about the electrification of the automobile.
 

Mr. Walter Lucas – Vice President, Commercial Powertrain Systems, AVL


Mr. Walter Lucas – Vice President, Commercial Powertrain Systems, AVL

Walter Lucas graduated from engineering school TGM, Vienna, Austria with a degree in electrical engineering and from the Technical Univ. of Vienna with a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed at AVL List GmbH in Graz, Austria, where he first worked as a design engineer. Later he became a specialist in combustion, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in internal combustion engines, where he participated in the development of many engines for commercial vehicle applications.

Walter Lucas then moved to the U.S. and joined AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc., where he worked as a senior project engineer and skill team leader in the field of cycle simulation and computational fluid dynamics. Additionally, he managed engine development projects for the U.S. commercial vehicle industry. In 2004, Mr. Walter moved back to Austria, to AVL List GmbH, as a project manager for series production programs for the European commercial vehicle industry. In 2005 he took over the position as managing director of AVL Autókut Engineering Ltd., Budapest (Hungary Tech Center for Commercial Diesel development), where he was responsible for the significant growth of this Tech Center of AVL, carrying out powertrain engineering for the global commercial vehicle industry. Since 2010 he is back at AVL List GmbH in Graz, Austria where he is currently employed as vice president for Commercial Powertrain Systems with global business responsibility in this area.

Mr. David L. Schutt – Chief Executive Officer, SAE International


Mr. David L. Schutt – Chief Executive Officer, SAE International

David L. Schutt, is the Chief Executive Officer of SAE International. He oversees the global management and operations of the +$100M SAE Enterprise, consisting of SAE International, The Performance Review Institute, the Industry Technologies Consortia and several subsidiaries and joint ventures.

David L. Schutt serves as the CEO & President of the Performance Review Institute, a trade association that advances the interests of industry through development of performance standards and administration of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification programs; as well as related activities for the benefit of industry, government and the public. It provides a full range of programs and services designed to improve manufacturing process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration between global stakeholders in the mobility and other interested industries.

David L. Schutt also serves as the CEO & President of the Industry Technologies Consortia, a trade association that provides a unique framework for building industry infrastructure tailored to specific technology, market and industry groups. Consortia are managed to satisfy industry time horizons and responsibly steward resources to achieve shared objectives. Participants include private companies, government agencies, individuals, and trade associations. Together they build consensus and break through barriers to achieve solutions.

David L. Schutt serves on a variety of not-for-profit and for-profits boards, national commissions and local business organizations. He is Vice President-America on the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies' (FISITA) Executive Board and is a member of the Calvin College Board of Trustees. He was appointed Commissioner, U.S. National Commission for the United National Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by the U.S. Secretary of State.

Prior to joining SAE International in 2007, Schutt worked at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in several executive management positions.

David L. Schutt holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree from Calvin College. He also earned an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.