3 takeaways that made 2015 SAE TMSS worth it

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2015 SAE Thermal Management Symposium wrapped up few days ago to its highest attendance ever in Troy, MI. I presented a joint work we did with Ricardo titled “Cold-ambient Warm-up Predictions and Improvements Using a 1D Computational Model”. (email me for the pdf if interested) In addition, these are the three takeaways from the conference that made my visit really … Read More

3 interesting numbers from VTMS 12

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I just returned from VTMS 12 in Nottingham. In addition to the paper that CSEG delivered, there were many interesting papers focusing on Waste Heat Recovery, thermal management concepts enabling faster warm-up for higher fuel economy and development of computational methodologies to enable optimization of an increasing complex system – many of them similar to those being pursued by the … Read More

2015 Detroit Auto Show – A geek’s notes

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Here are my notes from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Before I visited, there was a lot of news of the trucks and the supercars being the center of this year’s show. Being a geek at heart and the fact that the trucks and supercars do not excite me as much, I went looking for vehicles that push the boundaries … Read More

3 key take aways from the 2014 SAE Thermal Management conference

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Just returned from a fantastic conference in Denver Colorado, the 2014 SAE Thermal Management Systems Symposium, which this year had the highest attendance ever with increasing participation from European (Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW etc) and Asian OEMs (Honda, Hyundai etc). There were a lot of interesting presentations and concepts explored on recovering waste heat and efficient energy management in … Read More

3 interesting takeaways from 2014 SAE World Congress

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A very interesting panel discussion and handful of papers made the conference worth attending. Here are 3 interesting things I took away from the conference, all of them surprisingly non-technical. China is the biggest growth market BY FAR – This was discussed in the panel discussion on Powertrain innovation with Bob Fascetti from Ford, Bob Lee from Chrysler and Steve … Read More

3 surprising takeaways from 2014 Hybrid vehicle conference

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I recently attended the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conference in beautiful San Diego, organized by SAE. All of the major players were present and the sessions were interesting. Hybridization has caught some serious traction now and the numbers show. There are now 14 million vehicles sold with some form of electrification and 535 models in the market that produce more than … Read More

Ignoring the Bigger Picture

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Ignoring the bigger picture… Let’s look at the basics of decision making and risk management for a moment. The later you decide, the more you know. The earlier you decide, the more time you have to work on implementation. The timing of the decision creates its own reality and consequences. Now, apply this logic to product development. Since implementation takes … Read More

2014 Detroit Auto Show from a Powertrain Engineer’s Perspective

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The Detroit Auto show is always a great place to see new trends in design, but most attendees are focused on the outward style, design trends and concepts.  At the most recent show, I walked the show with a Powertrain Engineer’s hat on. Below are my 3 key takeaways which are essentially variations on the theme of optimizing fuel-efficiency and … Read More

Emperor of the US

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Enjoyed Bob Lutz Keynote at the 2013 SAE World Congress. Here are my notes on some key points he touched and thought I’d share them with you. He was asked to speak on what he would do if he were the king of the automotive industry for a week. He quickly changed that to “Emperor of the US” as just Auto industry wouldn’t be sufficient, … Read More