IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference Program Brings Together World Experts To Advance Electric Vehicle Technology

GREENVILLE, SC  – Advancing the adoption of electric vehicles and the power grid infrastructure needed to create more energy-efficient transportation systems will require developing and integrating diverse technologies, as well as adopting policies and standards needed to fully deploy these systems. To serve as a catalyst, the world’s leading technical professional association – IEEE – has organized the first technology conference solely dedicated to advancing these efforts in an interdisciplinary manner.

Scheduled for March 4-8, 2012 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC, the inaugural IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) will provide a unique interdisciplinary forum for engineers, researchers, government officials and professionals from fields as diverse as electric utilities, semiconductors, battery technology, automotive engineering, computers and urban planning to come together to discuss, debate and demonstrate noteworthy developments critical to making progress in this emerging area.

The 2012 IEVC will facilitate the exchange of information on global trends in technology, engineering, standards and deployment among industrial, academic and regulatory thought-leaders for the rapidly emerging worldwide electric vehicle ecosystem.  Among the program highlights (all times EST/GMT -5):

Plenary Sessions (Monday, March 5 – 8am)
Dr. Gordon Day, IEEE President – “Positioning IEEE as the Key Driving Force for Vehicle Electrification & the Creation of the Associated Infrastructure.”

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, 2012 IEEE IEVC Technical Program Chair and Professor at Texas A&M University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering – “Overview of the Technical Program, Review Process, and Statistics.”

Pat Davis, US Department of Energy Program Manager of the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program Office – “Transformation of the Nation’s Energy System from a Transportation Point of View – The Role of the Electric Vehicle.”

Dr. John Kelly, Clemson University’s Mission Vice President for Economic Development – “Clemson University’s Role in Implementing New Economic Development Models in Clean Transportation & Clean Energy Infrastructure.”

Opening Plenary Session Keynote Panel (Monday, March 5 – 10am) – moderated by Dr. Russ Lefevre, IEEE Electric Vehicle Committee Chair & Adjunct Professor Physics & Electrical Engineering, University of North Dakota:

Dr. Julian Weber, Head of Innovation Projects e-Mobility, BMW Group’s Project I – “BMW Group’s Approach to Sustainable Individual Mobility.”

Jay Iyengar, Chrysler Group LLC, Global Director, Head of Electrified Propulsion Systems – “Diverse & Dynamic Automotive Propulsion Landscape & Impacts on Adoptions of Electric Vehicles.”

Dr. Andrew Brown. Delphi’s Executive Director & Chief Technologist – “New Energy Vehicle Market & Technology Opportunities & Challenges.”

Jean-Luc Di-Paola-Galloni, Valeo’s Corporate Vice-President Sustainable Development – “Valeo’s View on Scalability of an EV Component Platform.”

Jake Ring, GE Energy Management’s Chief Marketing Officer – “GE’s View on EV Infrastructure.”

Dinner Speakers (Monday, March 5 – 7:30pm)
Frank O. Klegon, SAE International President – “The Role of SAE in the EV Standardization & Collaboration with IEEE.”

Brian Wynne, Electric Drive Transport Association President – “Steering Electric Drive into the Mainstream.”

Mark Wyatt, Duke Energy’s Vice-President – Smart Grid & Energy Systems – “The Electric Vehicles Theatre of Operations.”

Dennis R. Beal, FedEx Express Vice-President of Global Vehicles – “The Road to Vehicle Sustainability.”

Tuesday Plenary Sessions (March 6 – 8am)
Dr. Peter Frise, Auto 21 Scientific Director & CEO – “The Future Electric Car – More Than Just a Battery & a Motor.”

Heiko Weller, Bosch Engineering GmbH Director e-mobility Group – “Individual E-Mobility Solutions for Automotive & Off-Highway Applications – A System View.”

Dale Hill, ProTerra Co-Founder – “Fast Charge Bettery Electric Buses – A Paradigm Shift in the International Transit Industry.”

Wednesday Plenary Sessions (March 7 – 8am)
Michael Austin, BYD USA Vice President – “The New Energy Revolution.”

Walter Kulyk, Federal Transit Administration’s Director, Office of Mobility Innovation– “DOT & its View on the Impact of Vehicle Electrification in the Public Transportation Sector.”

Thursday Plenary Sessions (March 8 – 8am)
Phil Lessner, KEMET CTO & Johnny Boan, KEMET VP Sales – “E-Supply Chain Investment: Business & Technology Overview from a Capacitor Manufacturer.”

Michael Taljonik, MBTech Manager – “OBDII (OnBoard Diagnostics) Compliance of PHEVs.”

David Woessner, P3 North America Strategy Consulting Practice – “Electric Vehicle: The Path to Long-Term Profitability.”

Technical Tours & Special Events
Attendees will have the option of taking several technical tours during the conference:

Tuesday, March 6 – Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) Campus Tour; or, South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) Drive-Along Event

Thursday, March 8 – KEMET Lab/Plant Tour and ProTerra Tour; or, 2) Clemson Main Campus Tour.

Conference Technical Program (March 5 – 8)
The conference technical program consists of presentations and poster sessions from leading experts in electric vehicle design and manufacturing, utility and infrastructure development, and component manufacturing.   The complete conference program is available at:  Topics include:

EV system architecture concepts for BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs & FCEVs

EV system design – motor drives, controllers, heating/cooling systems

EV energy storage – battery chemistries, ultra-capacitors, fuel cells

EV charging – AC & DC conductive, wireless, smart, and fast-charging systems

Power grid and renewable energy source interface for EV deployment

EV fleet & infrastructure maintenance & management

EV design for mass production and manufacturability

Information technology & communications for EV deployment

Global standards development for the emerging EV ecosystems

Conference sponsorship
Sponsoring organizations of IEVC 2012 include the
IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), IEEE-USA, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International). CU-ICAR and others are key partners in IEVC 2012.

Registration information
For more information about IEVC 2012 or to register, visit

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