Women of Innovation: Advancing Next Generation Technologies in Automotive and Defense

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May 10, 2018


Altair Engineering Inc.


About the Event:


*****Men and Women Welcome*****

Theme: Women in Defense Michigan Chapter is bringing together a panel of industry experts that will discuss trends in the following core areas: artificial intelligence, automation, powertrain, cyber security, fuel cells, lightweighting and modeling and simulation. Learn how these technologies are dynamically changing the industries we know today and where the technology is taking us tomorrow.


5:30 pm Registration and networking

6:00 pm Event begins – Welcome remarks: Vicky Rad, President of WID Michigan

6:10 pm Keynote remarks: Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research

6:30 pm Panel Discussion: Moderator – John McElroy


  • Artificial Intelligence – Margaret Amori, DoD Account Manager, NVIDIA
  • Automation – Dana Whalls, Vice President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
  • Power and Mobility – Kari Drotleff, Program Manager TARDEC, Fuel Cell Technology, Ground Vehicle Power & Mobility
  • Cybersecurity – Kristie Pfosi, Global Vehicle Cyber Security at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Fuel Cells – Margarita Mann, GM Engineering Business Manager
  • Lightweighting – Wendy Staiger, Program Director for Stryker and Specialty Wheeled Vehicles, GDLS
  • Modeling and Simulation – Fatma Y. Kocer-Poyraz, PhD, Vice President, Engineering Analytics, Altair Engineering, Inc.

7:30 pm Q&A

8:00 pm Event Concludes

Moderator: John McElroy, Autoline – http://www.autoline.tv/whatisad/

John McElroy is an influential thought leader in the automotive industry. He is a journalist, lecturer, commentator and entrepreneur. He created “Autoline Daily,” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis. He is also the host of the television program “Autoline This Week,” an Emmy Award-winning, weekly half-hour discussion program featuring top automotive executives and journalists. And he co-hosts “Autoline After Hours,” a weekly live webcast that focuses on new cars and technology. The show can be seen online at www.Autoline.tv

McElroy also broadcasts three radio segments daily on WWJ Newsradio 950, the CBS affiliate in Detroit. He writes a blog for Autoblog.com and a monthly op-ed article for Ward’s Auto World.

John McElroy brings an extensive background to covering the auto industry. He took his first plant tour when he was only six years old. As he got older, he read any and every book about cars he could get his hands on, which led to an understanding of automotive engineering principles. As his enthusiasm for cars grew, he successfully—though briefly—ventured into amateur road racing. He also gained valuable insight to the industry working as an hourly UAW employee in various automotive manufacturing plants while working his way through college.

As a journalist, McElroy put his automotive background to good use. His past experience includes five years at Detroit Editor for Road & Track, and as the American correspondent for World Cars, published by the Automotive Club of Italy. He was also invited to write the annual automotive entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook. He spent most of his career at the trade magazine Automotive Industries where he ultimately rose to Editorial Director.

McElroy has appeared as an automotive expert on ABC World News Tonight, CBS News, and NBC Nightly News. He is often interviewed by CNN, NPR, and CBC in Canada. He is frequently asked to speak to automakers, suppliers and industry organizations. He is a member of the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year, and has won numerous awards for editorial excellence.

John McElroy is the president of Blue Sky Productions, Inc., which produces television, radio, and digital content, including video production. Blue Sky Productions 24021 Research Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335 Phone: 734-542-7000 Fax: 734-542-7014 e-mail: jmcelroy@autoline.tv

Keynote Speaker: Carla Bailo – http://www.cargroup.org/person/carla-bailo/

Carla Bailo is the President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), and is a leader in engineering and vehicle program management with 35 years of experience in the automotive industry. Under Carla’s leadership, CAR continues to be a preeminent resource of objective and unbiased research, analysis, and information regarding the North American automotive industry.

In addition to her role at CAR, Carla is the 2016-2018 Vice President of automotive for SAE International, a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

Prior to joining CAR, Carla was most recently the assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University. Carla also has 25 years of experience at Nissan North America, Inc., where she served as senior vice president of research and development. She also spent 10 years at General Motors. She has a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University.



Thu, May 10, 2018

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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