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Expert in Automotive Electronic Systems

Expert ID: 732758 Indiana, USA

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Expert has over 49 years of industry experience in the automotive industry beginning his career at General Motors Research Laboratory, eventually holding positions of increasing responsibility with Delphi Delco Electronics Corporation, and currently running an automotive electronics consultancy. Expert is familiar with automotive electronic component technology and the product development cycle for automotive systems with direct experience in R&D, advanced engineering, product planning, forward technology development, and product line management & leadership. Expert has dealt directly with technology partners, automotive suppliers and original equipment (OEM) vehicle manufacturers from electric bikes and conventional passenger cars to heavy-duty trucks. He has worked in various technical and leadership roles to develop new products and complex systems from invention to production using both internal invention/development and external partnerships to achieve world-class automotive electronic systems worldwide.

In 2001, Expert founded and established an automotive electronics consultancy focused both on automotive electronics suppliers doing business in North America and also support for intellectual property litigation as an expert witness. Current work is balanced between traditional automotive supplier support and IP litigation support as an expert witness.

His firm has supported suppliers whose “home” countries have included Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Canada, the United States, Germany, and France as they do business in North America.

Expert is familiar with automotive electronic component technology and the supply-line management required not only producing suitable automotive components, but supervising the R&D, advanced engineering, forward technology development, sales, and product line management process from automotive suppliers to OEM vehicle manufacturer.

He has worked in various technical and leadership roles to develop new products and complex systems from invention to production using both internal invention/development and external partnerships to achieve world-class automotive electronic systems worldwide.

His eponymous firm has supported suppliers whose home countries have included Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Canada, the U.S., Germany, and France as they do business in North America.

His R&D expertise includes production design and releases for auto sensors: temp, humidity, oxygen partial pressure, and sensor coatings.

He has expertise in multiple automotive electronic systems covering infotainment (navigation, audio, telematics, connectivity), safety (ADAS, stability control, anti-skid brakes, human factors, advanced airbag, autonomous, forward-looking radar and camera systems for detection, warning, and avoidance, stability control, object detection to side and rear), engine control, displays including head-up displays, instrument clusters, center stack displays and systems, closed-loop feedback systems, wireless devices, transducers.

Expert has owned a consulting firm since March 2001 and has consulted or worked with dozens of automotive suppliers of automotive electronics worldwide. Most of his firm's business is focused on the North American market, but their clientele is equally divided between companies headquartered in North America versus headquartered in Europe or Asia. The majority of the firm's work has been focused on either active safety/ADAS/autonomous driving systems or infotainment/telematics/connectivity.

Advanced Mobile Multi-Media
Automotive Systems
Human Machine Interface issues (HMI) for Automotive Electronics and Touch, Appearance, Lighting (TAL) devices and technology
Automotive Electrical & Electronic Systems
Display Technology for Automotive Applications
Automotive ADAS & Safety Systems leading to Autonomous Vehicles Integrated Circuits for Automotive Applications
Design, Manufacturing & Distribution of Automotive Components Infotainment Systems, navigation, head units, and GPS Systems
Electric Vehicle components and systems
Telematics and TSPs (call centers)
Expert Witness in Automotive Electronics
Component and Sub-system development
Instrument Clusters, Primary & Secondary Displays
Center Stack (middle of a vehicle) Displays and subassemblies
Automotive sensors & transducers
Electro-mechanical systems
Wired & wireless Communication to handheld devices
Remote and wireless control devices
Software architecture; Microprocessors
On-Board & Off-Board Diagnostics and Prognostics
Automotive Cameras & Multi-camera vision systems
Closed Loop feedback electronic control systems w/ appropriate sensors, actuators, and algorithms

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Indianapolis, Indiana - Fort Wayne, Indiana - Bloomington, Indiana - Muncie, Indiana - Anderson, Indiana - Terre Haute, Indiana - Lafayette, Indiana - Cincinnati, Ohio - Dayton, Ohio - Hamilton, Ohio

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: MBA Subject: Operations & Strategy Institution: University of Michigan
Year: 1984 Degree: N/A Subject: Executive Management Program Institution: University of Illinois
Year: 1972 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Material Science/Ceramic Engineering Institution: Rutgers University
Year: 1967 Degree: B.S. Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Cornell University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President & Founder Department: Responsibilities: Expert's consulting firm concentrates in automotive electronics, telematics, infotainment, safety systems, systems engineering, and data communications between systems and devices, and product/market and international business strategies. He has developed and used methodologies for market assessment, requirements definition, product design, strategy, and implementation. The firm servces Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Canadian, and U.S.-based clients. He also provides Expert Witness services in Automotive Electronics.
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: Delco Electronics/Delphi, Inc. Title: Product Line Manager/Managing Director; Mobile Multi Media North America Department: Infotainment Division Responsibilities: He was responsible for all deliverables for product line: strategy, tactics, technology planning, design, manufacturing, sales and delivery of product to OEM customers
• Responsible for revenue, cost management, profit margin and on-time delivery of products within budget and at required quality
• Won $2.2 Billion revenue new business over 18 months, across three major product lines and five Vehicle OEMs
• Customers headquartered in Japan, Europe and North America, including GM, Ford, Toyota (Lexus), and Honda (Acura)
• Typical programs done on commercial development cycle of 6 to 15 months from specification to start of production
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Delco Electronics Corp Title: VP Engineering, Delco Electronics Asia/Pacific Department: Asia/Pacific Business Unit Responsibilities: He was responsible for all application & design center engineering in seven Asian countries to support worldwide customers.
• Responsible for deliverables for all Asia/Pacific customers worldwide
• Charged with growing employee skill sets available near A/P customer locations to meet their worldwide requirements
• Revenue grew at 30 to 40% CAGR with revenue at $250 Million in 1996 across 6 product lines, 8 customers, and OEMs in six countries
Years: 1989 to 1994 Employer: Delco Electronics Corporation Title: Director, Advanced Development & Systems Integration Department: Engineering Division Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for creating & leading AD/SI staff, aimed at all R&D and product development for $5 Billion automotive electronics business worldwide.
• AD/SI grew to 7 departments covering integrated circuit development & fabrication through automotive safety, infotainment, and communication products/systems
• Budget in 1994 of $50 Million with over 450 technical personnel worldwide
• New products/systems in that period included: forward looking radar, obstacle detection, solid state YAW sensors, advanced airbag electronics & sensors, head up displays, RDS audio for North America, infrared based night vision, and telematics systems.
Years: 1984 to 1989 Employer: Delco Electronics Corporation Title: Department Head, Adv Instrumentation and Display Department: Advanced Instrumentation & Display Responsibilities: He led an Advanced Engineering Department focused on developing new & creative uses of instrument cluster displays and center stack display assemblies.
• Significant developments included numerous head up displays (HUDs) that included the world’s first commercial factory installed HUD for a production vehicle (1989).
• Other technology and advanced product areas included three dimensional instrument clusters, full instrument clusters made totally of plastic LCDs, and the first production CRT installed in a North American factory installed vehicle.
Years: 1978 to 1984 Employer: AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors Title: Supervisor & Department Head Department: Materials Development Responsibilities: He was responsible for staffing and leading a technical department that created and produced world-class coatings and processes for catalytic converters, exhaust oxygen sensors (EOS), and various metallic substrates for catalysis.
• Coating development done with physical vapor deposition (PVD) resulted in three unique patents for precious metal coatings, driving unique and market-leading EOS performance in the automotive market for closed loop emission control in NA
• Led team to scale-up production for thin film sputtering process for EOS sensor coatings
Years: 1971 to 1978 Employer: General Motors Research Labs (GMR) Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: Electrical and Electronics Responsibilities: Expert handled R&D targeted at a variety of electronic sensors, transducers, coatings, and smart sensors that included integrated silicon devices for signal processing.
• Laboratory effort focused on bulk, thick film, and thin film devices to sense various operating parameters that were of importance in the monitoring & control of internal combustion engines, e.g. temperature, humidity, fuel flow, oxygen partial pressure, etc.
• Basic modeling and process development done at GMR on sputtered platinum/palladium thin film electrodes resulted in materials and process being transferred to GM operating division for successful product launch across all GM vehicles.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 1997 Country / Region: Singapore Summary: VP Engineering, Delco Electronics Asia/Pacific; Responsible for all engineering resources in seven countries (application centers and design centers) plus all OEM Vehicle manufacturers in region that we worked with including Toyota, Honda, Isuzu, Holdens, Daewoo, etc.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• Member/Fellow, numerous technical societies. (PREVIOUS: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Ceramic Society, Society for Information Display; CURRENT: Sigma Xi, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).)
• Served as accredited member for Ceramic Engineering Education for the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology
.• Board Member, Board of Advisors for an Active Safety Institute Consortium.
• Board of Advisors, North American Start-Up with Automotive Safety Systems Products
Awards / Recognition
• Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award for Outstanding Society of Automotive Engineers Paper
• Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for Outstanding Society of Automotive Engineers Technical Presentation
• “Boss” Kettering Technical Award (internal GM, 3 to 5 given per year for patents that demonstrate considerable financial advantage to the company)
• Elected Fellow, American Ceramic Society
• Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written and published dozens of articles in referred technical journals, e.g. Applied Physics letters, Journal of American Ceramic Society, Society of Automotive Engineering proceedings, etc.
He has also presented a wide variety of technical presentations including keynote invited speeches on future technology trends as they relate to the automotive electronics space.
Expert has been a co-inventor on three U.S. patents, all granted in the area of precious metal catalytic coatings for zirconium oxide galvanic exhaust gas oxygen partial pressure sensors.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Recent Expert Witness work:
 Litigation areas such as:
o Expert witness reports for invalidity, non-infringement, and obviousness
o Claim Construction and Markman hearings
o Reviewing and searching for appropriate prior art
o IPR documentation (Petitions & Declarations)
o Depositions and Court Testimony
 Technical Automotive Areas such as:
o Instrument Clusters
o Automotive primary and secondary displays; liquid crystal displays
o Center Stack Displays and subassemblies
o Human Factor Design and guidelines
o Automotive User Interfaces, wired and wireless communication to handheld devices
o Automotive sensors & transducers; electro-mechanical systems
o Vehicle Telematics
o Infotainment systems, head units, navigation & GPS Systems
o Software architecture and microprocessors
o On-board & Off-Board diagnostics and prognostics
o Complex safety systems
o Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) leading to Autonomous Vehicles
o Automotive Cameras & multi-camera vision systems
o Closed loop feedback electronic systems with appropriate sensors, actuators, & algorithms
o Automotive application of remote & wireless control devices

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