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Keynote for STLE Annual Meeting

Keynote Address - Monday, May 19, 10:30 am-Noon

Advanced Vehicle Technology Research Dr. Don Hillebrand
By Dr. Don Hillebrand, Argonne National Laboratory

This keynote address assesses the state of research into advanced vehicle technologies. Dr. Hillebrand will explore promising new technology paths, including:

• The electrification of the automobile
• The smart grid
• Advanced combustion
• Newly available fuels such as natural gas and alcohols
• Autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Hillebrand will address the strengths and shortcomings of advanced vehicle technology currently being researched.

Slides from Dr. Hillebrands Presentation

The Speaker
Dr. Don Hillebrand is the director of Argonne’s Energy Systems Division where he is responsible for leading a team of engineers and scientists seeking to develop sustainable innovative technologies. The end goal is to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization, minimize U.S. dependence on imported energy and enhance our national security.

Prior to joining Argonne in 2004, Don 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 and leading integrated government industry research programs.

Hillebrand worked for three years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Technology Division where he served as Senior Policy Advisor.

In 2011 Don was named by Automotive News as one of the 100 most influential people bringing about the electrification of the automobile. He is included on Forbes 10 list of automotive thought leaders, is a board member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and in November 2011 was elected the 2013 President of SAE international. He was named Michigan’s Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year 1993 and served as an AAAS Washington fellow.

Don has two patents and is the author of more than a hundred publications and invited seminar presentations. He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in Mechanical Systems Engineering from Oakland University.

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